Pubdate: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
Source: Record Searchlight (Redding, CA)
Copyright: 2013 Record Searchlight
Author: Ann Yarbrough


Although I have never used cannabis, I have been in favor of 
legalizing it for several reasons - freeing up our jail cells for 
more deserving criminals, the tax revenue, and, like cigarettes and 
alcohol, people are going to do it anyway legal or not.

But then after suffering continually from my neighbors' "legal" 
habit, I find myself repenting of any favorable feelings towards 
unrestricted use of the "weed." When he and his friends sit outside 
on his own property and smoke, it permeates my home and I find myself 
suffering from severe asthma attacks. The thick stench of a skunk 
wakes me in the wee hours of the morning coughing and wheezing, 
struggling to catch my breath. At first I would get up and walk 
outside all around my home looking for the culprit until I realized 
exactly where the stench and irritant was coming from.

If we can make laws and rules for protection against secondhand 
cigarette smoke, why can't this include the smoke from something you 
can actually smell? Moving is not an option so what can I do to 
protect my own lungs and my home against this attack? Cigarette smoke 
doesn't affect or smell like this stuff does to a person who is 
suffering from COPD, or any lung disorder.

So to legalize this would allow any person to smoke it as openly as 
one does a cigarette, but the side effect to those around the smokers 
would be horrendous. Legalizing it would allow the stench to be in 
any area that allowed smoking, including public parks and even on the 
street. Not to mention the cannabis smoke stays around a lot longer 
than regular cigarettes.

To legalize or not to legalize ... to give one person freedom to 
smoke is to take away the freedom to breathe from another. A Catch-22 
situation either way you look at it.

Ann Yarbrough, Red Bluff
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