Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2006
Source: Alliston Herald (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006 Metroland Printing, Publishing and Distributing
Author: Russell Barth
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Cannabis and Driving)
Bookmark: (Ecstasy)
Bookmark: (Heroin)


Re: Youth Centre And Police Team Up For Drug Awareness The Herald 
Weekend Edition, May 12.

I applaud anyone's effort to keep kids off of drugs, but many of 
these programs have proven to cause more harm than good.

As a federal medical marijuana license holder, I resent some of the 
non-factual information on marijuana, and the use is abuse attitude.

Adults have lost credibility when it comes to drugs, because they lie 
and exaggerate the so-called "dangers" of marijuana. They tell kids 
that marijuana is 10 times more potent than before, will cause 
cancer, schizophrenia, impotence, permanent stupidity, and an 
addiction to hard drugs. When kids discover the truth on their own, 
they will realize they have been systematically lied to by people 
they once trusted. They will likely conclude that if adults lied 
about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and marijuana, they must be 
lying about meth, crack, heroin, ecstasy, booze, weapons, extreme 
sports, safe sex and safe driving, too.

We live in a culture that advertises booze, fast cars, fast food, 
violent movies and video games, and drugs of all kinds on TV. Then we 
tell kids "Say no to drugs." We give kids Ritalin, instead of just 
reducing their sugar and Game-Boy intake, and then tell them 
marijuana is dangerous. They see right though this hypocrisy.

For those keen on educating kids about drugs, without fear-mongering, 
I recommend the Educators For Sensible Drug Policy website at

Russell Barth,

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