Pubdate: Thu, 22 Nov 2001
Source: StarPhoenix, The (CN SN)
Copyright: 2001 The StarPhoenix
Author: Darcy Ecker


Here we go again. For some reason, our old buddy Ken Sailor thinks our 
memories are as short as his. In 'Marijuana withdrawal' novel concept (SP 
Nov. 13), he once again points out how badly prohibition has failed.

Yes, prohibition failed miserably in the past with alcohol. Would Sailor 
say that now, since alcohol consumption has been "legalized," we have had 
resounding success with all the alcohol-related problems?

Let's not forget about gambling. With all of the casinos, and VLTs in every 
little lounge, I wonder just how many lives will be destroyed before the 
right thing is done.

We also have this little problem with drugs. If users had been properly 
educated on the dangers of all illegal drugs, including marijuana, their 
numbers would be significantly smaller.

The argument that marijuana is virtually harmless or that it is used only 
to reduce pain is absolutely ridiculous. I happen to know several marijuana 
users and not one of them has ever used the drug to help alleviate pain. 
Along with 99 per cent of all marijuana users, they smoke up just to get high.

Definitely, some people need it medically. They are the only ones who 
should be allowed to use it.

People like Sailor keep trying to shove this story down our throats; quite 
frankly, we are getting tired of it.

Sailor should try to live in any of the countries that have legalized 
marijuana and try to maintain the same standard of living he has here. I 
wonder what tune he would be singing then?

Darcy Ecker

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