Wrong to le­gal­ize pot

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - OPINION -

I agree with the ar­ti­cle Canada faces ‘heavy price’ for pot use, le­gal ex­pert says (Oct. 31). I re­call my days at Western Univer­sity in my youth when many of us smoked cannabis at par­ties, and I know it was then next to im­pos­si­ble to drive prop­erly, es­pe­cially when cou­pled with al­co­hol. MADD has a rea­son for con­cern: if one is im­paired by cannabis only, it is dif­fi­cult to test the level of THC in the sys­tem and thus the level of im­pair­ment. MADD’s Robert Solomon states, “There has been a tremen­dous rise in rates of use … in an­tic­i­pa­tion of le­gal­iza­tion,” which is bad news for many rea­sons. As well as ve­hi­cle crashes, he speaks of how ex­ces­sive use of cannabis, es­pe­cially by youth, can af­fect one’s men­tal health. I know of two twenty-some­thing men whose use of cannabis led to psy­chosis.

We re­ally don’t know what’s to come with cannabis be­ing le­gal and read­ily avail­able to youth. It is a fright­en­ing sce­nario. I feel Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau should never have le­gal­ized cannabis be­cause of the detri­men­tal ef­fects it has on a per­son when smoked to ex­cess. San­dra A. Aziz Lon­don

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