Pubdate: Wed, 27 Jan 2010
Source: Valley Voice, The (CN BC)
Page: 5
Copyright: 2010 The Valley Voice
Author: Linda Kelly

Dear Minister of Justice Nicholson

I truly hope you will reconsider your research into the dangers of 
marijuana. You are totally missing the point, if you think that 
prohibition does or ever has helped people not to use drugs. 
Certainly education is the best tool.

There was a letter in our local newspaper from a US police officer, 
who said he has never in his 35 years as a police officer seen 
violence or crime from use of marijuana alone. Usually those issues 
were from alcohol or other drugs.

I am a 59-year-old woman, a functioning member of our community, a 
volunteer, and mother of two healthy and working adult daughters.

I have been smoking marijuana since I was 15 years old. It is the 
only substance that can help me with my Hep C and myalgia. I have 
tried the other routes, I have tried pharmaceutical drugs. I also 
have tried almost every street drug there is in my past, and I am an 
alcoholic in remission for 15 years. With the help of treatment 
centres and AA, I have been able to eliminate everything except marijuana.

I was put on two different pharmaceuticals for two different reasons, 
Interferon, and then Effexor, and both drugs have suicidal ideation 
and anxiety and other physical symptoms as side effects.

I experienced every side effect possible from both of them, and 
wanted to die. Neither drug worked or did anything but make me sick!

And those are legal.

Alcohol is legal. Now compute the number of lives taken because of 
alcohol, and the number of lives taken because of marijuana. You 
can't. Because people do not die from smoking marijuana alone.

I suspect that the reason marijuana is not separated from the hard 
drugs (including alchohol) is because it is too lucrative for 
organized crime. How else can they trade for the powders and pills?

I also suspect that politicians might be afraid of organized crime. 
They are bad people, and I don't blame you, but someone has to be 
brave enough to do the research on marijuana and health, and realize 
that it should be treated the same as alcohol.

If Canada were to legalize hemp and marijuana, it would be our 
biggest cash crop, create a million jobs, and save our economy and 
our environment.

There are hundreds of videos and documentaries about marijuana and 
hemp and none of them derogatory.

The war on marijuana has to stop, you are degrading our country and its people!

What is it going to take to get through to you politicians who have 
blinders on, or are you getting kickbacks from crime lords? That is a 
harsh question yes, but I can't think of any other reason that you 
won't make it legal, when it is one of the most beneficial plants in the world!

Linda Kelly

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