Pubdate: Fri, 28 Jan 2011
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 Postmedia Network Inc.
Author: Russell Barth


Re Jon Ferry's column on smoking tobacco and marijuana: people who 
inhale marijuana are not "destroying" themselves. Marijuana is less 
harmful than table salt, coffee, chocolate or cellphones, so 
comparing it even to tobacco is absurd.

Telling kids to never use certain drugs is like telling them to never 
see a certain genre of movie, never go to an amusement park or exotic 
country, or never do anything at all that may be both risky and fun.

It teaches them to be afraid of new things, instead of curious.

And as history has shown, fortune favours the adventurous. Sensible, 
moderate, well-informed drug use is no more harmful, dangerous or 
immoral than any one of dozens of other activities humans participate 
in every day.

Russell Barth, Nepean, Ont.
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