Pubdate: Tue, 17 Sep 2002
Source: Abbotsford Times (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 The Abbotsford Times
Author: Rodney N. Cockroft



Those folks back in the 1920s were right you know. Alcohol is a much 
greater evil than marijuana ever could be. Consider all the news stories 
that have been printed about drunk drivers, drunk hooligans, drunk husbands 
beating on their wives etc., etc., ad nauseum.

I know people who are sweet, kind and thoughtful until they get a few 
drinks under their belts. They then turn into vicious animals. Tobacco is 
also a much worse blight for society than reefer could possibly be. House, 
car and forest fires are part of the legacy of smoking cigarettes.

How many people have died in their beds because they just absolutely had to 
have one more butt? (I have seen no record of a house or car fire caused by 
a doobie. Joints and roaches don't smoulder which is why the user must keep 
relighting them).

Some fires may have been caused by growing operations, but if weed was 
legal, then there would be no growing operations to burn.

To say that marijuana is a gateway to hard drugs is ridiculous. One could 
extend that argument, albeit a short trip from the sublime to the 
ridiculous, that - since most people use toothpaste, toothpaste must be a 
gateway drug too.

The biggest lie of them all is that pot is addictive. Pot is a 
recreational, mild drug that could result in a psychological dependancy for 
some, but not for everyone.

There is nothing in marijuana that makes it addictive as tobacco, alcohol, 
coffee, heroin, cocaine and a whole gamut of pain killers.

Rodney N. Cockroft

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