Pubdate: Thu, 05 Apr 2007
Source: Pipestone Flyer (CN AB)
Copyright: 2007 Pipestone Publishing
Author: Russell Barth


Dear Editor,

As a Federal Medical Marijuana License holder who is also married to
one, I deeply resent the use of the word "stoner". This word is as
offensive to medical pot users like myself and my epileptic wife, as
the word "junkie" might be to someone who uses prescription pain
killers, or the word "cripple" might be to someone in a wheelchair.

Brian Hahn has demonstrated that not only does his mind need opened
and his third eye cleaned, apparently he doesn't even know how to use

"Whatever the origins..." It is widely accepted that in the early
1970s, a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael,
California used to meet every day after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke
cannabis at the Louis Pasteur statue. They even have letters from
college after the fact to prove it. That is the origin.

True, most pot users don't know what it means. I tend not to observe
it, as I am a medical user and drug law-reform advocate, not a pot

As for "international pot-smokers day is April 20th - 4/20"; yeah,
that is true, but that was just a co-opt by a bunch of over
enthusiastic pot fans. In reality, the date means nothing beyond that
association with the afternoon time frame. Like anything, it has been
co-opted and mutated over the years, and the meaning twisted. Aren't
words magnificent?

Russell Barth

Federal Medical Marijuana License Holder

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