Pubdate: Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Source: Morning Star, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2018 The Morning Star
Author: Kathy Bachman


Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: I was wondering why you bother traveling 
all over the planet to climate change conventions to save the world from 
pollution but remain willing to return home and pass a bill that will 
cause our whole country to become polluted everywhere with the stinking, 
cloying smell of marijuana?

That is OK for all you people who can afford a single-family dwelling
where you can retreat, close the door and ignore the stink of the
irritating smoke. But those of us who live in apartments, condos or
other connected housing units aren't able to do that, leaving us at
the mercy of our neighbours. Now we can at least, if someone is
polluting our apartment building, phone the police and get help to
stop the culprits.

What recourse will we have when smoking pot is legal? We will be at
the mercy of every pothead out there. So all those citizens young and
old who have asthma, bronchitis, COPD or other respiratory ailments
will just have to put up with increased respiratory ailments? Does
this sound fair to you, that the privileged part of society wins again.

Let me tell you I am not making this up. I have lived under these
conditions and worse and so have others. When people come home after a
hard day and want only to relax, eat dinner and enjoy their family and
the evening ahead, they may not be able to because their neighbour
potheads are already busy enjoying theirs. Their fun disturbs everyone
else in the vicinity, including any young children present. Mr. Prime
Minister, you have three little ones - would you want them to have to
live under these conditions?

Do we really need more drugs in our society? Do our children's minds
really need to be assaulted with more toxins? If you had ever lived
with a person with Alzheimer's disease, I guarantee you would never
want to allow anything that would cause more injury to the neurons in
their brain.

At the present time, for the sake of respiratory-challenged citizens,
the Weather Network reports on the condition of the air outdoors for
people with respiratory ailments so they know whether to stay indoors
or not. What are they going to do now when staying indoors and
breathing the polluted air from marijuana smokers in your building
might be just as dangerous for them as going outside?

Just because a lot of undisciplined people want to ruin their health,
why should the rest of us follow their misguided example? Please
protect the weak, sick and the poor while you still have the

Kathy Bachman
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