Pubdate: Thu, 19 Oct 2006
Source: Martlet (CN BC Edu)
Copyright: 2006 Martlet Publishing Society
Author: Michael Brown
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This Letter Is Regarding Anthony Frattaroli's Political Comic in The 
Opinion Section of the Oct. 12 Martlet.

This comic is unfunny, offensive and seems to have totally missed the 
point of the Centre for Addictions Research of BC's (CARBC) findings. 
The CARBC study had nothing to do with science or "invalidation" of 
cannabis use. How the artist of your comic drew that meaning from it 
is a mystery to me, and demonstrates fairly poor comprehension of the 
issue. The stereotypical lazy stoner from movies like Half Baked is, 
contrary to popular conservative belief, quite rare. Most cannabis 
users are responsible citizens, just like everyone else. We are bus 
drivers, teachers, students, clerks, tradespeople, programmers, and 
just about any other job you can think of, including in some cases, presidents.

Maybe we like a puff in the evening to help us fall asleep, or just 
an odd joint now and again when partying with friends. Very few of us 
would consider our lifestyles "worthless" as your cartoonist seems to believe.

The only thing worthless here is this blatantly offensive and 
derogatory comic. Perhaps next week you could run a hilarious Prophet 
Muhammed spoof? Poor call, Martlet editors.

Michael Brown,

UVIC student 
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