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Debate goes on
In response to the May/June
Debate, “Should Canada legalize
the recreational use of marijuana?”
NO. I used to [use marijuana] when I was
younger, but now I’m against it. It can cause
psychosis and paranoia in the long term as
well as accidents at work—much more so
than alcohol or other drugs. The dangerous
effects on health and the brain aren’t experienced immediately by young people.
YES. Putting an age restriction on marijuana
availability would be a safer way for younger
people to not be exposed, just as cigarettes
and alcohol have a legal age [requirement].
It will boost the economy and encourage resources to be allotted more usefully.
NO. I have two reasons. First of all, unlike
cigarettes and alcohol, marijuana is a gateway
drug, meaning that for some the effect of getting high wears off, requiring them to move to
harder, more dangerous drugs. Second, if
marijuana becomes legal, then those living
near [others] who get high on their balconies
or in their backyards have absolutely nothing
they can do about the disgusting pot smell
they will have to put up with. This is an
infringement on our rights as homeowners.
YES. Legalizing marijuana would be the first
step in establishing guidelines and laws for its
use. If people drink and drive there are consequences and rules in place. Have we learned
nothing from prohibition? Not legalizing the
use of marijuana is playing ostrich, which
doesn’t solve the crime issues or the lack of
education around its use. It won’t be a perfect
system, but we will learn as we go … just as we
continue to educate [about] and regulate our
use of alcoholic beverages.
White Rock, British Columbia
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More on Lyme disease
Editor’s note: In a story on Lyme disease in
the May/June issue of The Connection, it was
stated that a study strongly suggests that the
Lyme borrelia bacterium can be passed from
one person to another and that pregnant
women may transmit the infection to their
babies in the womb. The Public Health Agency
of Canada refutes these claims, saying there is
no definitive scientific evidence supporting such
findings. For more information, visit healthy
canadians.gc.ca and search “Lyme disease.”
In the first question on the “Financial Connection” page, Tahnya Kristina discusses using a
self-directed RRSP to buy a home, when she
should have written about holding a mortgage
in a self-directed RRSP. To read what she has to
say about using self-directed RRSPs for a mortgage, visit canadianmoneysaver.ca/costco-con
NO. It’s pretty sad when a society thinks it’s OK
if we condone something that diminishes our
mental abilities in the name of recreation. [Mar-ijuana is] 300 times stronger than in the ’60s?!
Wake up, people! Or has the irreparable damage already occurred to our collective brain?
Duncan, British Columbia