Pubdate: Fri, 21 Jan 2011
Source: Coquitlam Now, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011Lower Mainland Publishing Group, Inc.
Author: Russell Barth


Re: "Good luck, Mike," letter to the editor, Friday, Jan. 14.

Harold Bridge has a lot of gall suggesting that marijuana corrupts people.

All -- yes, all -- available evidence shows that it is the 
prohibition of marijuana which is the thing causing all the crime, 
not the plant itself.

As for marijuana being an "illegal substance," there have been a 
number of court rulings that have basically legalized weed by 
striking down the prohibition on pot as unconstitutional, which is 
how legal medical marijuana licensed from Health Canada came to exist.

As for the "destruction of healthy people," cannabis has dozens of 
proven medical applications, including the shrinking of cancerous 
tumors. Even when smoked, the benefits outweigh the dangers. My wife 
and I have been using several grams every day for years, and our 
health has only improved. For example, I am no longer using a 
wheelchair, and I am no longer impotent.

Russell Barth

Federally Licensed Medical Cannabis User

Drug Reform Analyst and Consultant

Educators for Sensible Drug Policy
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