The festive season is now upon us and to many people festivity
necessarily involves alcohol, or worse, more alcohol than their usual
intake and often with unfortunate effects.
Wouldn't feasting, gift-giving and socializing be more satisfying and
more memorable drug-free? If you find you can't socialize without
chemical stimulus you have a problem.
To celebrate the holidays in unholy ways dishonours Christ who came
to offer us abundant and eternal life.
Medicine Hat Women's Christian Temperance Union
The Canadian government is now in the ill-advised process of decriminalizing
the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Despite some claims of benefit
by users, this would be a mistake.
In all the rhetoric surrounding the legalization controversy, I have not
noticed any mention of marijuana's negative effects. Besides being
addictive, it impairs motor, visual and mental functions. Chronic users may
become listless and unmotivated, and in extreme cases psychotic. Cannabis
contains 425 different substances which all have some effect on body organs.
Its legalization would start a downward trend. Starting with medical use, we
also would soon be tolerating recreational use, which has no redeeming
value. Also, the nefarious drug trade would be legitimized. Further, most
cocaine and heroin addicts begin their drug experimentation with marijuana
- -- not something to be encouraged.
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