Pubdate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Source: London Free Press (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 The London Free Press
Author: Donna Jordan
Page: A12


I am concerned the federal government plans to legalize cannabis for
recreational use by July 2018 when there is so much well researched
information available about its harmful effects and when so many
health associations have expressed grave concern.

The only plausible reason I can see is that it is viewed as a source
of revenue, yet The Free Press reported in Weighing the pot-ential
impact (July 29) that the "marijuana boss for the city of Denver"
stated 100 per cent of revenue there went toward regulation,
education, enforcement and public health.

I see the effects that cannabis use has on our city's teens and this
reality is disheartening. In addition to the physiological damage, I
think its regular use robs teens of learning to cope in healthier ways.

I'm afraid that with legalization, social acceptance of cannabis use
will become even more widespread. I wish Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
would never have mentioned legalizing recreational marijuana.

Donna Jordan

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