Pubdate: Fri, 30 May 2003
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Page: A16
Copyright: 2003, The Globe and Mail Company
Author: J. E. Green


Charlottetown -- Reader Alistair Thomson (Kids Know About Drugs -
letters, May 28) is right about the familiarity of students with drugs
- - the routine is pot on week nights, liquor on weekends, and smoking
on the fly - but he shouldn't worry about government plans to spend
$240-million informing Canadians about the dangers of marijuana. This
is one instance where government failure to follow through on its
commitments is reassuring. The plan will die disagreeably in
federal-provincial conferences and committees.

What could work, however, is spreading the word through the classrooms
that use of pot will increase acuity of thought, improve creativity,
encourage tolerance and acceptance, and cause students to drive their
cars very, very slowly. Also, that it is still the drug of choice of
their parents. Use of pot will then die out with the upcoming
generation, and we save $240-million for - what, gun control?

J. E. Green
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