Pubdate: Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2018, BC Newspaper Group
Author: Hugh Baker
Page: A9


To the editor:

Re: Legalized marijuana will be a gateway drug, Letters, Dec. 28.

I read with interest the opinion that marijuana will lead to becoming
a junkie.

 From the age of 25 to around the age of 55, I smoked pot every day. I
never encountered the day the marijuana failed to get me high. Some
strains were more effective than others, but with the hundreds of
fellow smokers I met over this time, only a few would go on cocaine
benders but never made it a habit. There were doctors, lawyers,
mechanics, school teachers and just about every walk of life who
enjoyed a puff every day. In my life I have seen many more lives
ravaged by booze than pot.

For myself I ceased smoking when my move to the city and the illegal
nature of this drug did not go well together. I don't do hard drugs
and believe myself relatively 'normal.' However I hope to smoke or
ingest pot again when it becomes legal as it is a marvelous pain
medication. Myself and many others hope this new law comes to pass.

Hugh Baker, Nanaimo
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