Pubdate: Fri, 24 Jul 2009
Source: Kamloops Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 Kamloops Daily News
Author: Russell Barth


Re: Medical User Won't Get His Dope Back., The Daily News, July 14.

Two things: One, the use of the term "dope." It is a derogatory term 
for marijuana, implying that the user is "dopey" as in the 
mentally-challenged Disney character. Please refrain from using it, 
as we Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana Users find it offensive. 
We are not stupid for using marijuana, nor does the use of marijuana 
make people stupid.

Further, it is no longer necessary to use quotes around the words 
medicine, medicinal, or medical when discussing medical marijuana. It 
IS medicine, and you need not undermine the value of the word by 
putting quotes around it, as this fosters tacit discrimination 
against the substance and its users. It suggests that users are 
merely pretending to use it as medicine.

Please refrain from using these "journalistic" tools to undermine the 
rights and public image of licensed marijuana users.

Nepean, Ont.
(Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User) 
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