Pubdate: Sat, 20 May 2017
Source: Penticton Herald (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 The Okanagan Valley Group of Newspapers
Author: Shelley Eberle
Page: A8


Editor: In response to S. Rathwell (letter to the editor; Weed Can Help 
Our Economy in The Daily Courier on May 17). Pot production might bring 
a few jobs, but the damage to our social fabric would heavily outweigh 
any gain.

Marijuana is currently a leading cause of substance dependence, and,
if legalized, the increase in users and addiction would be large and
rapid. Legal, recreational pot use is not a safe way to relax. It is a
psycho-active, addictive substance that affects our youth in a very
negative way.

Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug around the world. Those who
support its legalization for recreational use fail to recognize that
the greatest costs of weed are not related to its prohibition; they
are the costs resulting from marijuana use itself.

Shelley Eberle, Penticton
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