Pubdate: Fri, 04 Aug 2000
Source: Chilliwack Times, The
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Author: Norm Siefken

CN BC: PUB LTE: "Facts" about pot outdated and wrong

Re: Times Upfront (Aug 1,2000)

It is rare to find all of the prevailing myths about marijuana concisely 
summarized in one article. I noticed years ago that the so-called "facts" 
about marijuana's alleged dangers are the world's largest collection of 
lies, half-truths, and gross exaggerations. The truth is that marijuana is 
basically harmless when compared to alcohol and cigarettes. The average 
alcoholic dies at age 53, but marijuana has never killed anybody. Watching 
alcohol users criticize marijuana users is a case study in hypocrisy.

Even The Lancet- a conservative medical journal-reported in 1995 that "the 
use of cannabis, even long term use, is not harmful to health." They later 
modified this position by adding that chronic use can contribute to bronchitis.

Is that really so scary?

The unpopular marijuana laws are costing Canadians dearly. Cancelling the 
war on pot will save $3 billion. Additionally, our party will use the $20 
billion from marijuana sales taxes to fund massive income tax relief while 
restoring cuts to health and education.

A National Post poll earlier this year showed that 2/3 of Canadians already 
want decriminalization. The democratic will of the people must be respected.

Norm Siefken

Fraser Valley Candidate

Marijuana Party of Canada
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