Pubdate: Sat, 06 Sep 2003
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Angela Wight
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


I don't know what the big problem is with legalizing marijuana. Throughout 
history, marijuana has been used for pleasurable and medical reasons. Only 
recently in history has it been deemed an illegal act to smoke it. I 
believe that if a dying person who has been infected with HIV or is 
suffering with cancer and is living in absolute pain can be relieved of 
this pain with the use of marijuana, then I don't see what the big deal is. 
It's not like the government is legalizing it for eight-year-old children 
who would use it irresponsibly. Instead, it's for patients who suffer every 
day. These people will most likely die, and if there is a medication, 
whether it be marijuana or otherwise, that will relieve some of the pain 
that that person is going through, then I fully support it.

Angela Wight

(It's a controversial issue.)
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