Pubdate: Wed, 01 Jan 2003
Source: Oakville Beaver (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Oakville Beaver
Author: Alison Myrden


My letter is in response to what I believe are utter falsehoods Terence 
Young has spread via his written word regarding marijuana (Letters to the 
Editor, Dec. 18).

First of all, Mr. Young has obviously never suffered from any dreaded 
illness enough to have to choose a medication such as marijuana. Mr. 
Young's "facts" are truly only a statement from this man himself, who 
believes he is representing his fellow Canadians. If this were truly his 
goal, Mr. Young would ask medical cannabis users or their loved ones to 
explain to him how and/or why it helps them.

My goal is education and full legalization.

Marijuana does not lead to harder drugs. Most cannabis users started with 
alcohol and/or tobacco -- not cannabis.

As a medical user (legal) I have actually been able to eliminate my 
medically-necessary utility of cocaine and heroin because of cannabis. I 
not longer require these life-threatening drugs (unlike cannabis).

Mr. Young is welcome to visit our Web site at 
and read the marijuana rescheduling petition from 1988 that states 
emphatically that "those who choose marijuana for medical purposes receive 
no residual effect."

My future advice to Mr. Young, respect the fact that some people receive 
tremendous medical benefit from an illegal plant and that the choice is 
truly individual. Do your homework, I did. I will not stop fighting this 
issue until there is full legalization in Canada.

Mr. Young needs to understand, I worked with young people in corrections 
for a lot of years and I don't want drugs on the street either. But where 
else does Mr. Young propose we purchase it safely and affordably? Put it in 
a store; put an age limit on it; make it safe and give the sick and dying 
Canadians who need it a source.

Alison Myrden

Federal Medical Marijuana Exemptee

The Medical Marijuana Mission
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