Pubdate: Thu, 05 Feb 2015
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2015 Black Press
Author: Carl Anderson


I read your coverage of the pressure being applied to the local
medical cannabis dispensary with great emotion.

Most people don't understand the severity of the injustice being
perpetrated against the medical cannabis community in Canada. Before I
became ill and found that this herbal medicine helped me stay healthy
and happy, I probably wouldn't have given this issue much
consideration either.

Some perspective may help the average Parksville/Qualicum resident
better understand the issue. Imagine your mother, father, daughter or
son is suffering greatly every day with a painful and/or debilitating
disease. Not hard to do. We all know someone who is suffering and many
among us are suffering ourselves.

You discover a drug, with no dangerous side effects, that gives them
back their, and your, quality of life. Then the authorities show up
and tell you that you have no right to help your family member because
this largely harmless substance is illegal, that if you don't stop
helping them they will return and arrest you.

What would you do? Stop and let your loved one resume their misery or
choose a different path that leads to arrest, lengthy and expensive
court battles and possible lengthy incarceration. Not many people
would chose the latter, even for a family member. Yet that is what
Phoenix is doing for all members of your community.

Commendable behavior which should be supported by all.

Carl Anderson

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