Pubdate: Fri, 04 Sep 1998 Date: 04/09/1998 Source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo) Author: Matthew M. Elrod Both the Record and Dr. Alan Lesher seem to have misinterpreted the findings of Dr. Thomas Crowley of the University of Colorado in the April 3 article, Pot Addictive For Troubled Teenagers. When we learn that two thirds of teens "referred" to treatment centres for cannabis dependence report symptoms of dependance, the first question that comes to mind is, why only two thirds? A survey of compulsive gamblers in treatment for gambling should report that all of them are dependent on gambling. Similarly, a survey of patients in a weight-loss clinic should reveal that all of them are clinically dependent on food. Could we safely conclude that some people are suseptible to compulsive disorders and the best place to find them is in a weight-loss clinic? In reality, less than five per cent of cannabis users become dependent on the herb. I suspect many non-dependent cannabis users are accepting treatment in lieu of punishment. Matthew M. Elrod Victoria, B.C.