Pubdate: Wed, 11 Jan 2017
Source: Brandon Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2017, Brandon Sun
Author: Shawn Larway


This is a direct reply to "Heed Cigarette Lessons For Pot," a letter
written by John Fefchak of Virden.

I totally agree with you on one point. We can't find intelligent life,
especially when we have people like you comparing the scourge of
cigarettes to something like marijuana.

It is truly ignorant and quite closed-minded to say marijuana is
anything like cigarettes. There is no single recorded death in history
linked directly with the use of this beneficial substance.

It is true, however, that it can affect your psychological development
at a young age and can exacerbate psychosis in those with a genetic
predisposition, but legalization can actually help by keeping weed out
of the hands of children and keeping the public informed on any such
risks involving mental health.

Your argument is entirely fallible in that you simply cannot apply
cigarettes in medical treatment. So next time you try to make a
statement against the legalization of marijuana, think of those with
horrible diseases such as multiple sclerosis or cancer. Think of the
people who can't stop shaking and stuttering without it, or how cancer
patients can continue to live wonderful lives without enduring nearly
as much pain simply cause they have access to this medicine.

This isn't 100 years ago when doctors prescribed cigarettes after
being paid off by tobacco companies - these are cold, hard facts.

Educate yourself.

Shawn Larway Brandon
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