Pubdate: Thu, 16 Jan 2014
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2014 Jim Currie
Author: Jim Currie


Naomi Lakritz misses the point. Nobody is suggesting Canada become a
nation of potheads. I would not recommend marijuana's use, although I
believe there is a strong case for medicinal use.

She is correct that studies can be quoted on either side of the issue,
but as anyone who understands medical literature knows, one must look
at the quality of those studies.

The link between schizophrenia and cannabis is weak. What is probably
true is that young people should not be using it; however, isn't it
ironic that they are the most likely users - even David Brooks whom
she quotes? I wonder if some of those kids use it because it's illegal.

Current policy has failed. I doubt if Justin Trudeau would recommend
smoking pot, but his statements simply recognize that failure.

Jim Currie, Calgary  
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