Just say no

Char­lot­te­town man lead­ing a pe­ti­tion against the le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER mau­reen.coul­ter@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/Mau­reenEl­izaC

Mitch Reid of Char­lot­te­town is say­ing no to le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana as he feels this would lead more peo­ple down the path of drug use.

“I’m con­cerned about the step af­ter smok­ing weed. For some peo­ple, they may go down that path and may not get out of it.”

Reid has seen his fair share of Is­lan­ders strug­gling with ad­dic­tion.

Three years ago, he started a group through the Chris­tian Re­formed Church called Take the First Step to help spread the mes­sage of hope through Christ to those suf­fer­ing from ad­dic­tion and their fam­i­lies.

“When the Lib­eral govern­ment said they are go­ing to le­gal­ize mar­i­juana, it caused a red flag for me,” said Reid. “All the fam­i­lies that I’ve talked to and all the ad­dicts that I’ve talked to, and try to help, said the gate­way drug was mar­i­juana.”

Reid also ex­presses his con­cerns for it fall­ing into the hands of young peo­ple as he feels it will be more read­ily ac­ces­si­ble to them.

Reid wrote to The Guardian in a let­ter to the editor Jan. 19 call­ing for Is­lan­ders to sign the pe­ti­tion and has since re­ceived a lot of on­line back­lash over his con­cerns of le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana.

“I know it’s quite the topic and I’ve been ver­bally abused a num­ber of times over it, but there is a lot of sup­port, too,” said Reid. “They don’t see the pic­ture that I see. The pic­ture I see is the ad­dicts that have suf­fered through this all. That is who we are try­ing to help. “

Reid will be foot-sol­dier­ing in Char­lot­te­town to­day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kent Street and Univer­sity Av­enue.

He will be shar­ing in­for­ma­tion to peo­ple re­gard­ing the neg­a­tives of le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana and ask­ing for sig­na­tures.

“Ev­ery­body has their opin­ions about it,” said Reid. “You can talk to 10 peo­ple and there would be 10 dif­fer­ent an­swers about the topic, but I would love to share about what I think about it all.”

Reid has sev­eral hun­dred sig­na­tures on his pe­ti­tion so far and hopes to get over a thou­sand be­fore bring­ing it for­ward to Char­lot­te­town MP Sean Casey. To sign Reid’s on­line pe­ti­tion, visit change.org.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Mitch Reid of Char­lot­te­town is against the le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana. Reid started a pe­ti­tion and hopes to gather over a thou­sand sig­na­tures be­fore giv­ing them to Char­lot­te­town MP Sean Casey.

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