Pubdate: Sat, 10 Feb 2007
Source: Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN)
Section: Pg 4
Copyright: 2007 Prince Albert Daily Herald
Author: Ethan Erkiletian
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)



Daily Herald:

A recent story in the P.A. Herald's website carried the headline 
"Nipawin RCMP seize marijuana plants from rural property" and went on 
to detail how police recovered marijuana plants along with 
unregistered firearms and a stolen vehicle. The focus on marijuana is 
a disservice to readers of this paper.

Marijuana is less of a lethal danger than cars or firearms. Several 
deaths each and every year are attributed to firearms and vehicular 
accidents but it would seem that Herald reporters and staff are much 
more afraid of innocuous plants which cannot be attributed to a 
single overdose death anywhere. I have to wonder if poison ivy brings 
Herald staffers to shake in their shoes as well.

Headline writers should receive a severe admonishment for this 
ridiculous positioning of a story and the editor should consider the 
negative situation that this type of coverage perpetuates. Shame on 
the P.A. Herald for warping the public perception and taking us all 
for ignorant fools.

Ethan Erkiletian

President, Saskatchewan Marijuana Party

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