Pubdate: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 Source: Alberni Valley Times (CN BC) Website: http://www.canada.com/vancouverisland/albernivalleytimes/ Copyright: 2012 Alberni Valley Times Author: Bruce Symington Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v12/n145/a03.html?1174f RESTRUCTURING OF SENIORS' PENSIONS NECESSARY Re: "Don't legalize marijuana," (Alberni Valley Times, Feb. 20) In the letter by Barry Gaetz, he states his opposition to the legalization of cannabis. He gives several supporting reasons for his position. The question I would like to ask Mr. Gaetz is this...if the reasons you have given are shown to be incorrect, would you change your position and back legalization? I ask this question because many prohibitionists will not change their minds even when the reasons for their position are shown to be incorrect. There is nothing so sad as a closed-mind, none so blind as he who will not see, none so deaf as he who will not hear. If you are open to examination of the facts and the theories of both sides of this discussion, you will quickly find that the prohibitionist position is based on hyperbole, ideology and not much more, whereas the pro freedom side is based on facts, studies, logic and understanding. Go to www.drugwardistortions.org and www.drugwarlies.org for more information than you ever thought existed. You will find that every one of your supporting arguments is bunk. You have been lied to and believed it. That is not shameful, it happens to all of us. While you are at it, look up some of the other lies and become more informed. If, after researching this information, you are still a prohibitionist, then sadly your mind is closed, your eyes squinted shut and your fingers forced deeply into your ears. Bruce Symington Medicine Hat, Alberta - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.