Dopey think­ing be­hind car­toon on med­i­cal pot

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - Local -

I wish I could say I was amused by the car­toon in the Sept. 28 edi­tion of The SP that por­trayed a cou­ple of “typ­i­cal” ston­ers dis­cussing the loss of fund­ing for med­i­cal mar­i­juana re­search.

The loss of fund­ing is an­other un­der­handed at­tack on med­i­cal mar­i­juana and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if the ex­ist­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana pro­gram is the next thing on the Tory chop­ping block.

It is de­spi­ca­ble that only 1,306 ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients across Canada have le­gal ac­cess to this medicine, which has proven ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple suf­fer­ing from var­i­ous chronic ail­ments such as can­cer, AIDS and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

The lack of ac­cess by sick and dy­ing peo­ple to med­i­cal mar­i­juana is a highly con­tentious is­sue and is the rea­son the ma­jor­ity of pa­tients are still go­ing to the black mar­ket to gain ac­cess to their medicine. Por­tray­ing cannabis con­sumers in a stereo­typ­i­cal neg­a­tive light does noth­ing to help their cause. And you think pot­heads are the dopes? Tanya Der­bowka


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