One of the basic rules of critical thinking is that a single data point, or an anecdote, does not "disprove" a large body of scientific evidence.
When the cannabis plant was made illegal in this country and the United States, no research had been done on it. It was criminalized because the people who tended to use the plant had the wrong colour skin or spoke the wrong language.
Since prohibition began, we have learned much regarding the effects of cannabis.
That said, different people have different reactions. Further complicating matters, different strains of cannabis produce different effects.
I suffer tremendously disabling migraine headaches. If I drink even a single beer, I'm likely to wake up vomiting uncontrollably. Should alcohol be illegal? Cannabis is the most effective anti-nausea medication in the world.
Jim Wells [Work with pot enlightening, Sept. 3 Letters, Langley Advance] trotted out the same old stereotype about incompetent potheads.
Mr. Wells would be shocked to know the number of Canadians who only make it into work every day because of cannabis. Some smoke it and manage to function when they would otherwise be vomiting all day long until they inevitably have to visit the ER. Others yet have conditions like some forms of autism or ADD, where the use of cannabis is the only thing that will help them concentrate long enough to complete tasks that Mr. Wells and other privileged people never have to think twice about.
Your experience is not sufficient justification to criminalize the lives of other human beings.
It's sad in a modern country like ours that a point like that even has to be made. Your experience is not universal, and you should try to hear what other people have to say before you use force to prohibit things - especially if you are able-bodied and privileged.
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