Pubdate: Fri, 12 May 2017
Source: Sentinel Review (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Woodstock Sentinel Review
Author: Evelyn Millman
Page: A4


It has taken years to persuade individuals that smoking causes cancer
and years to persuade various levels of government, corporations,
schools and other organizations to ban smoking in public places.

Now we are faced with a new but similar peril which seems to parallel
tobacco smoking. There are many unknowns that cause us concern, like
the effects on health, addictions, distracted and impaired driving and
psychiatric implications.

We understand the need for medical marijuana use but do we need to
rush into something that requires a lot more thought and research into
long-term effects just because of the pressures of marijuana growers
and by users who want easier access for their habit.

Smoking tobacco attracted an increasingly younger crowd over the years
leading to addiction when they became adults. Why would marijuana use
be any different?

Will we be substituting one dangerous smoke haze for another whose
effects of early and continued use is as yet unknown?

Evelyn Millman Edmonton, Alta.
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