Pubdate: Tue, 12 Jun 2001
Source: Abbotsford News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2001 Hacker Press Ltd.
Author: Michel C. Didora


Editor, The News:

In response to anti-marijuana letters to the editor: It is my belief the 
method in which I choose to alter my perception on reality is one of 
personal choice.

Yes, I do smoke pot when I'm depressed and it does make me feel better.

I admit marijuana is my coping mechanism.

Many psychologists agree that 12-step programs are beneficial in recovery 
for addicts.

But I disagree that I should fool myself in believing that a higher power 
can solve my problems by exchanging one coping mechanism for another.

We all know there have been more deaths attributed in the name religion 
than that of marijuana use.

But we don't try to eradicate religion.

As a society of many cultures and customs TOLERANCE is a key factor that 
makes a society work without circumstance and tolerance should be applied 
to members of our society who smoke marijuana.

The day that my method of finding serenity is eradicated may be the 
beginning of the eradication of your serenity.

Michel C. Didora
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