Wrong to legalize pot
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