A open letter to Scott Simms, MP for Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor
In response to an article in the Aug. 12 edition of the Pilot written by Andrea Gunn titled “Simms calls for mature debate on pot issue,” I would like to throw in my two cents worth. (Or to be politically correct now that the penny has been eliminated, my nickel's worth.)
Unfortunately, the first image that comes to everyone’s mind as soon as the word marijuana is used are the stereotypical pot heads or “stoners” as portrayed by Cheech and Chong in their movie, “Up In Smoke.”
Admittedly, smoking pot to get high is a component of the issue, but it is an extremely miniscule component. Any debate on the issue of pot absolutely must include the results of more than 20 reputable studies, all without exception, showing the same results that the (THC) and other cannabinoids in marijuana cures cancer. I have in my files the results of 20 of these studies and their findings are nothing short of miraculous. If you take the time to look at these studies, keep in mind that cannabis is much more effective for medicinal purposes when we eat it rather than smoking it. (Note: It can also be juiced, eaten raw in a salad or baked up in brownies or muffins etc.) Both the bud and leaves can be used in this way. A good place to start the discussion would be to Google “Run From The Cure” and watch the half hour video by a Canadian named Rick Simson. Also, do a little research into the real reason why Marijuana is illegal.
There is also a multitude of other reputable studies showing marijuana’s preventative and curative properties over other maladies like Alzheimer’s, MS and arthritis, just to name a few.
The article said that you favoured “legalization and regulation over decriminalization.”
I whole-heartedly agree with you, legalization and regulation all the way!
Decriminalization is nothing more than political double-speak to sound like they are doing something while changing nothing.
The recommendation of the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs and echoed by the RNC’s Police Chief Bob Johnston (mentioned in the article) giving police unprecedented new powers is totally unacceptable. It will only add fuel the fire of the criminal aspect marijuana.
I have never smoked regular cigarettes — legal or otherwise — which is probably why I have never smoked pot. I used to be completely brainwashed by the great lies and deception about the extreme dangers of marijuana. My research surrounding the enormous medicinal and health benefits of pot, mentioned above and the following statistics have changed my mind:
Legal tobacco = 435,000 annual deaths.
Poor diet/exercise = 365,000 annual deaths.
Legal alcohol = 85,000 annual deaths. (This does not include non-drinkers killed by drunk drivers)
Prescription drugs = 32,000 annual deaths.
Aspirin = 7,600 annual deaths.
Peanuts = 100 annual deaths.
There have been 0 deaths, ever, from marijuana.
Evidently, marijuana is safer than peanuts!
As a side note yet directly related to this issue. The question I have often asked is — given the staggering, overwhelming evidence as shown by the results of the 20 plus reputable studies; proving the preventative and curative properties of marijuana — why has the Cancer Society which collects billions annually from millions of good-hearted, caring people and enjoys millions more in government handouts, dug their heels in and adamantly refuses to put these results to an unbiased and independently verifiable trial?
I will leave it to the readers to come to their own conclusion as to the answer to that question. The conclusion I came to is satanic greed and is just one of numerous reasons the cancer society will never see another penny, er, I mean nickel, of my money. That being said, I do support local charities collecting to help cancer patients with travel and accommodation expenses related to their treatments.
Norris Arm North