Pubdate: Wed, 14 Jun 2006
Source: Prince George Free Press (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 BC Newspaper Group
Author: Mary Phillips
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)



I was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana recently. It 
seems the right time to come out publicly for legalization and I hope 
to persuade you to do the same. I have been smoking marijuana for 30 
plus years-it is my choice for relaxation and enjoyment. I know 
plenty of people in our town also enjoy this choice. I believe this 
holds true for millions across our country. Aren't we all tired of 
having to "hide" and deny our use in public because of out-dated and 
senseless laws. Surely it is time to get marijuana legalized. It 
doesn't destroy lives - in fact, it improves the quality of life for 
many. It is a proven, all-natural remedy for numerous medical 
conditions - but very few people are deemed "ill" enough to receive it.

Attitudes towards marijuana have changed over the last 70 years as 
people have come to realize this drug is basically harmless. 
Scientific studies released lately say it is less addictive than 
tobacco. Our laws need to change to reflect this truth. The RCMP are 
obliged to waste their time, and money, on peacefull, contributing, 
community members like myself. Their resources need to be focused on 
the truly dangerous drugs that are destroying lives in our towns and cities.

If you agree with any of this, help me get marijuana legalized. 
What's to be afraid of? A more honest, kinder, environmentally 
friendly (and sound) future for us and our children? I have written 
letters to Mr. Harper declaring my support of legalization and intend 
to mail one weekly starting on July 1. It is the people who institute 
change and thereare enough of us. I ask you to begin celebrating 
Canada Day by mailing, or e-mailing, the first of your letters to our 
prime minister. When he receives millions of statements of support 
from across the country, weekly, he will have to listen to what the 
people want. Come on people, this is an easy one, and it will work.

Mary Phillips

Fort St. James, B.C.
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