Re­mem­ber Tom Cher­ing­ton’s warn­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Le­gal­iz­ing pot

I was watch­ing the dev­as­tat­ing TV cov­er­age of the opi­oid cri­sis in Van­cou­ver and the fright­en­ing fig­ure of an es­ti­mated 1,000 deaths this year. De­spite the valiant at­tempts of so many re­lated agen­cies to com­bat this plague, deaths keep mount­ing.

Out of the blue, the face and voice of the late, great Tom Cher­ing­ton on CHCH-TV al­most 30 years ago came to my mind as he be­rated the be­lief of many that the use of mar­i­juana, par­tic­u­larly in the young, was no big deal and voiced in no un­cer­tain terms (as only he could do) his staunch be­lief that the habits of those hooked on co­caine and heroin and the like could so of­ten be traced to the early use of mar­i­juana.

Had he lived long enough to see that its use is soon to be le­gal­ized in Canada, I cringe to en­vi­sion his en­su­ing mes­sage to those re­spon­si­ble. Vir­ginia Coombs, Stoney Creek

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