Letters: Wrong facts on medical pot

New federal law on medical marijuana not understood by some

Maggie-Rose Veri  might want to think twice before calling for a nation-wide vote on the legalization of pot.

She seems to believe that the 73 per cent of the population who apparently say that they don’t use drugs (doesn’t mention alcohol) would vote against legalization. A recent EKOS poll ( http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/01/30/half-of-conservative-voters-back-decriminalizing-marijuana-ekos-poll/ ) shows that even more than half of Conservative voters would support decriminalization. Other parties’ voters were even much more supportive.

She also doesn’t seem to understand what the new law is about. It isn’t about the government selling it, and it isn’t a new law. It’s just a change in the way the medical marijuana law works. She also seems to think that it’s all about fibromyalgia and arthritis, and that these can be cured with massage. What a fantasy. And what about the people with cancer or AIDS who can’t eat and nourish their bodies. Medical marijuana helps those people.

Veri also believes that drugs and clean needles are given out somewhere. Clean needles yes, and those help protect even those who don’t use drugs, like maybe their spouses? I assume she means Insite, which has prevented quite a few overdose deaths. I guess she believes those people deserved to die?

I do agree that many more treatment opportunities need to be made available for those who want to leave their addictions behind, so we agree on that.

Also, one person out of how many millions does not in any way equal one percent of those 73 per cent who don’t use drugs. It seems our schools don’t teach math very well.

Tia Leschke

Sooke

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