Pubdate: Fri, 04 Aug 2000
Date: 08/04/2000
Source: Evening News (UK)
Author: John Yates

I was heartened to read your report of August 1 that Ontario's highest
court has declared Canada's law forbidding the possession of marijuana
to be unconstitutional.

It is absurd that a highly effective herbal medicine with very few
undesirable side effects should be illegal.

Hopefully other countries will follow Canada's example and stop
wasting police time and resources hunting down and prosecuting people
for using a naturally-occurring substance that is claimed to be much
safer and effective than many over-the-counter painkillers.

John Yates,
Ekenas,  Finland