Pubdate: Wed, 04 Jun 2003
Source: Peterborough This Week (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003 Peterborough This Week
Author: Angela Packer


To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to J.R. Baldwin (Ottawa's 
consideration of pot decriminalization a waste of taxpayers' dollars, May, 
16, 2003) who believes even the contemplation of the legalization of 
marijuana is a waste of taxpayers' time and money. Contrary to popular 
belief, pot smokers (and I know many) are not all useless, free-loading 
hippies. Some are valued members of society such as doctors, lawyers, 
teachers, and dare I say it, police officers.

What if Twiggy had "danced with Mary Jane." Maybe it would have increased 
her appetite and therefore stopped her grotesque mark from being made on 
society's idea of beauty.

Let's look at Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. Would they have been nicer 
people if they had "rocked the gange." Some of the most beautiful melodies 
were written and performed while under the influence. Marijuana has been 
attributed to the opening of the mind,and many of its users claim to "see 
the world as a more beautiful place." Don't we need more of that?

Angela Packer

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