Pubdate: Fri, 07 Mar 2008
Source: National Post (Canada)
Copyright: 2008 Southam Inc.
Author: Kirk Tousaw


The idea that there is no "safe" amount of any illegal drug is 
patently false. Take the case of marijuana. Canadians have a Charter 
right to access marijuana for medical purposes because the science 
proves that it has therapeutic benefits. If an immune-compromised 
person living with HIV/AIDS uses marijuana to enhance his health, how 
can the exact same plant, for an illegal user, be impossible to use safely?

The government has studied marijuana extensively over the last 30 
years. The studies show that marijuana use is basically safe for the 
overwhelming majority of persons. Tragically, Tony Clement's 
statements demonstrate exactly why youth primarily listen to their 
friends about drugs. The government has put out fear-mongering 
propaganda to young people about drugs for decades, and Minister 
Clement now apparently will spend millions on more of the same. What a waste.

Kirk Tousaw, executive director, CLEARS (The Cannabis Law, Education 
and Reform Society ), Vancouver.
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