Pubdate: Wed, 24 Feb 2010
Source: Grand Forks Gazette (CN BC)
Copyright: 2010 Grand Forks Gazette
Page: 5
Author: J. Sorensen


Editor, The Gazette

Many issues of the Gazette have given me insight into the social 
complexities and personal emotions that the peoples of our small city 
entertain. Through this I have witnessed some very troubling issues. 
I personally have come to that certain point where a man has heard enough!

I have decided that I will not approach the issue of a "new" medicine 
being introduced into our health care system with any kind of fear. I 
will not judge cannabis out of ignorance or reaction. I will open my 
brain to the possibility that, just maybe, the thousands upon 
thousands of physicians in North America that have acknowledged the 
fact that marijuana is a broad spectrum medicine, know a little bit 
more about the subject than I do. I will have empathy for people who 
are suffering with all manner of horrible and life debilitating 
illnesses and injuries. I will acknowledge that I have little or no 
experience with this medicine and its effects or benefits. I will 
also stop undermining our city's council and attempt to inform myself 
without that time machine in my head telling me it's 1950. I will 
think about the possibility that maybe change can be a good thing and 
that this change may very well have to start with small, enlightened 

I will recognize that our medical system prescribes all types of 
Schedule III Narcotics on top of the plethora of anti-depressants and 
other synthetic medicines on a daily basis. These drugs do their jobs 
but they are dangerous and kill people regularly.

Last but definitely not least. I will remind myself that not one 
person has ever died using cannabis.

J. Sorensen,
Grand Forks 
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