Wood, Charmaine 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1 CN AB: LTE: Celebrate Drug-FreeWed, 27 Dec 2006
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Wood, Charmaine Area:Alberta Lines:27 Added:01/04/2007

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.

Charmaine Wood

Medicine Hat Women's Christian Temperance Union


2 CN AB: OPED: Legalization MisguidedFri, 18 Oct 2002
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Wood, Charmaine Area:Alberta Lines:47 Added:10/18/2002

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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