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1 Canada: LTE: Blowing A JointFri, 17 Feb 2012
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Anderson, Judith Area:Canada Lines:33 Added:02/19/2012

Gary Mason suggests that legalizing marijuana will produce policy complexities (Legalize Weed, Yes, But The Demon's In The Details - Feb. 16). Here are just a few: 1) Marijuana makes people with some mental illnesses more prone to psychosis. How will we protect vulnerable people from this harm?; 2) Marijuana smoke is as damaging to physical health as tobacco smoke; 3) Because raw marijuana has been accepted as a "medication," anti-smoking regulations must be strengthened so they can be applied even to those who claim they are taking medication; 4) Legal marijuana will become a gift worth billions to Big Tobacco. The industry will devote its vast resources to obfuscating research on health effects, resisting regulation, targeting youth and maximizing marijuana's addictive qualities; 5) Roadside tests must be developed to detect and prosecute drivers impaired by marijuana.

We need careful preparation before we jump on this bandwagon.

Judith Anderson,

Burnaby, B.C.


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