Pubdate: Wed, 14 Jun 2006
Source: Houston Today (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Houston Today
Author: Mary Phillips
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Cocaine)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)



I was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana recently. It 
seems the right time to come out publicly forlegalization 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 ofpeople in our town also 
enjoy this choice. I believe this holds true for millions across our country.

Aren't we all tiredof having to hide and deny our use in public 
because of out-dated and senseless laws? Surely it is time to bury 
the b.s.and 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.

Withlegalization, thousands would have access to an affordable 
medication, without the shame it has attached to it now.

Hempwould become a viable crop as the quantity of products that can 
be made from it's fibre are endless.

Profits are there forfarmers, and backyard gardeners alike, as it is 
a plant well-suited to the Canadian growing season. Our society's 
need for a cheap, easy-to-grow, alternative source for everyday 
consumer goods, and medicines, has never been greater.

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 peaceful, contributing 
community members like myself.

Their resources need to be focussed on the truly dangerous drugs that 
are destroying lives in our towns and cities.

Crack cocaine and crystal meth are taking their toll here, as they 
are everywhere, and the dealers who make it available toour children 
need to receive the RCMP's undivided attention.

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 mysupport 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. Peace.

Mary Phillips

Fort St. James
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