Pubdate: Thu, 19 Mar 2015
Source: Chief, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2015 Whistler Printing & Publishing
Author: Rhea Thompson
Note: headline by newshawk


I am writing to express my dismay at the Squamish RCMP's attempt to 
halt legal and regulated sales of marijuana and cannabis derivatives 
from Mr. Bryan Raiser's small business. These efforts seem highly 
counterintuitive and illinformed.

I doubt that the RCMP's move stems from ignorance of the proven 
therapeutic benefits of THC in the treatment of pain, chemotherapy 
side effects, neurodegenerative diseases, IBS and anxiety, as by now 
this is common knowledge (Schicho and Storr 2011, Sagar et al. 2009, 
Grimaldi and Capasso 2011, Hill et al. 2009, Piscitelli and Di Marzo 
2012). As far as the pot legalization issue goes, political 
considerations trump scientific evidence.

I am left to question why the RCMP would deny safe, legal and 
discreet access to cannabis by those who don't wish to support 
illegal drug trafficking or partake of questionable product. Why do 
the RCMP seek to shut down a small, family-owned business that serves 
a valuable purpose in this community?

It makes no sense to me.

Rhea Thompson Squamish
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