Scriven, Adam 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1 CN SN: PUB LTE: Ridiculous Comparison Made In War On DrugsWed, 24 Sep 2003
Source:Nipawin Journal, The (CN SN) Author:Scriven, Adam Area:Saskatchewan Lines:39 Added:09/28/2003

The Editor,

Your recent editorial (Sept.17) about the new safe injection site in Vancouver was full of specious arguments designed, apparently, to perpetuate this racist, ineffective "War on [Some] Drugs".

The editorial said, "This is like setting up a place to give crooks a buffet of things, but before they go we'll give them a pamphlet saying why it is wrong to steal and give them a card of a counselor."

This is a ridiculous comparison, but one used far too often. The difference is drug users only damage themselves and thieves take from others.

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2 CN BC: PUB LTE: Responsible Pot Smokers Should Not Force ChoiceFri, 04 Jul 2003
Source:Mission City Record (CN BC) Author:Scriven, Adam Area:British Columbia Lines:37 Added:07/05/2003

Editor, The Record:

As a cannabis smoker, I would like to agree whole-heartedly with the opinion written on June 26, 2003.

Responsible cannabis smokers should not force their choices on others, the same as any other smoker. Just because I choose to smoke cannabis, does not mean I feel I can smoke it anywhere, at any time.

To allow smoking indoors, I feel there should be adequate ventilation such that my smoking won't adversely affect those not smoking. If such ventilation is not available, then the smoking must be moved to a separate smoking area or outdoors.

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3 CN AB: PUB LTE: Stop Pot AssumptionsSat, 28 Jun 2003
Source:Red Deer Express (CN AB) Author:Scriven, Adam Area:Alberta Lines:85 Added:06/30/2003

Cynthia Gamble, in her recently published letter ('Pot Test Needed' (June 21 edition), made some very popular but incorrect assumptions about cannabis.

If personal use is currently being "encouraged" because of lack of "legal intervention ... fines, and court appearances," then we must be encouraging tobacco smoking, and alcohol drinking too!

Never mind the quite obvious warnings on the cigarette pack (why aren't they on beer bottles, or liquor bottles? That's another question).

Never mind all the anti-drinking and anti-smoking literature that's available, even though those actions are legal. Legal does not mean encouraged, it simply means that there's another choice for the informed, consenting adult.

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4 CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Allegations FalseWed, 21 May 2003
Source:Burnaby Now, The (CN BC) Author:Scriven, Adam Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:05/22/2003

Marijuana Doesn't Cause Harmful Effects That Were Claimed By Another Letter Writer.

Editor: Mr. Sterle's recent letter (Pot can be harmful, Burnaby NOW, May 17, 2003) points to the facts that cannabis can worsen schizophrenia in those patients who already have it.

The rest of his assertions are questionable, but as Mr. Sterle never mentions what this other "permanent damage" is, I can't comment either way.

It's interesting, however, at the very end of his letter he reverts to the following lies:

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5 CN AB: PUB LTE: Cannabis As Addictive As CaffeineSat, 12 Apr 2003
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Scriven, Adam Area:Alberta Lines:38 Added:04/12/2003

RICHARD DISHAN'S April 9 letter says the claim that "no one has died from marijuana" is specious.

Given that there has never been a reported death from cannabis use, ever, it would seem that it is, in fact, Dishan's argument that is specious.

Can he point to a study, or even a single reported case of lung cancer or death from cannabis use?

Dishan also mentions the "real addictive qualities" of modern, high-THC content cannabis, as opposed lower levels in the past. There have been numerous studies to demonstrate that cannabis is, at most, as addictive as caffeine. So if we are using "real addictive qualities" as reasons for prohibition, we should look at caffeine in the same light we look at cannabis, and caffeine is something that most of us regularly allow our children to consume!

Adam Scriven

(Don't come for my coffee or I'm going to be really upset.)

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