LETTER: Tunnel vision on anti-pot agenda disrespectful

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

Re: Pot dispensaries

Interpretations of reality are only our opinions and the need for some to be correct, regardless of whether there is any expertise supporting it, is simply arrogance.

Petitions are a democratic pasttime on the Island, even if it is a response to the inevitable.

Recreational marijuana will be legalized in 2017.

Enraged Sooke residents concerned about legalities and community reputation are petitioning to stop access to medical cannibis. Their actions are based on emotion and selective interpretation.

When emotion rules any situation, new information is blocked. When one’s life changes in a second and the diagnosis of the reality to manage chronic lifelong pain or a life ending disease, some are able to see the world with new eyes.

The petitioners and opposers need to read the pharmacy info sheet accompanying the legal drugs they consume and consider the side effects and risks listed and then compare them with medical studies on medical cannibis.

Unless there is a direct impact on the naysayers quality of life, they need to exercise respect and stop their judgments.

One day someone they love may need to look at all the pain management options. Tunnel vision is too easy and is disrespectful to those we should be offering support and acceptance whose reality is constant pain.

Bravo to Sooke council for granting business licenses in these times of changing social and legal norms to support local business and residents.

Carmen Neumann

Sooke

 

Just Posted

Son of Second World War veteran returns to Norway to see site of rescue, repatriation

Six-man crew crash lands in Nazi occupied territory, only known instance of entire crew surviving

War bride’s oversea voyage to Canada took a leap of faith

More than 45,000 women immigrated to Canada after the Second World War

One woman’s scrapbook uncovered at Fort Rodd Hill tells story of thousands during Second World War

Joyce Margaret Whitney served in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps from 1942 to 1946

A time of remembrance

Hundreds gather at Canadian Legion to honour those who have served and sacrificed

VIDEO: Hundreds gather at Langford’s Veterans Memorial Park for Remembrance Day

More than 65 wreaths laid, including homemade wreath from Afghan veteran

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

Victoria Jazz Orchestra concert raises funds for the Single Parents’ Resource Centre

Maria Manna on tap for the Nov. 16 performance in Victoria

Renowned men’s chorus ‘Back by Popular Demand’ in Victoria

One of Canada’s premier singing ensembles kicks off its 39th season on Nov. 16

Mexican culinary celebration fills Victoria Public Market

Taco, Tequila and Margarita Fiesta takes over the Victoria Public Market the evening of Nov. 16

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War makes its journey ‘home’ to B.C.

Tank arrives in B.C. the day before Remembrance Day after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

Most Read