Pubdate: Sat, 07 Jun 2003
Source: London Free Press (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003 The London Free Press a division of Sun Media Corporation.
Author: Ron Jennings
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
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Regarding the letter, Changes urged in proposed pot bill (June 4).

Perhaps Michelle Hyde should spend less time listening to what someone told 
her about marijuana having the same effect as alcohol and more time 
actually researching some of the studies that have been done over the last 
few decades about marijuana.

These studies, including two recently presented over the last few weeks on 
the Discovery channel program Daily Planet (a science news show), clearly 
illustrate and prove marijuana has nowhere near the same effect as alcohol, 
which is a depressant.

If people were to rely more on facts that have been derived through a 
scientific method, instead of just what people have told them, maybe we'd 
get some clearer heads prevailing, instead of listening to decades-old 
rhetoric being spewed by people who are (maybe by accident) ignorant of the 
facts and have nothing better to do than try to control what other people 
do with their lives.

Furthermore, to complain about the cost of medical care for people who 
choose to smoke it is ridiculous. Would you deny someone who was in a car 
accident medical care, because they chose to drive?

Ron Jennings, London
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