Reaction to: Don’t bring your dope to my house (October 2017)

“Hi, Faye.  Read your article of above noted title in the Penticton Western News, Oct. 11 2017 edition.  Thank you!

Just as happened with cigarettes in the 1980’s, it would seem those who insist on smoking pot need to be trained not to impose their nasty habit on everybody else around them.  It is objectionable that many open air events have to be avoided due to the haze and stench of burning marijuana.  Nor do I appreciate encountering a wall of marijuana smoke when walking down the street or while enjoying time in a city park.  I haven’t allowed the use of tobacco in my home since the early 1970’s and, like you, have no intention of permitting use of marijuana in my home either.

I have responded to the BC gov’t invitation to complete their survey on what to consider when creating rules on legalized marijuana come July 2018.  Took the liberty of suggesting the same rules that apply to cigarette smoking in public places should also apply to marijuana.  Survey also touched on roadside testing by police for drugs consumption (including marijuana) by motorists. Pointed out to them that some prescription drugs (e.g. Tecta – read the fine print on brochure that comes with prescription) will give a false positive reading for THC and the police, court system, medical system need to be made aware of that fact.

Again, thank you for speaking up on this touchy subject.  Very brave of you.”

Sylvia

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“My wife and I loved your article and all our friends are in total agreement.  We have numerous friends all retired who have smoked tobacco and marijuana and would never just light up without asking.  The culture that smokes marijuana just assumes everyone is in agreement  and because it is going to be legalized next year, so it’s okay and acceptable now.
On page A10 of the same paper as your article,  is about a 20 year old who was misdiagnosed and using marijuana for years, obviously with his parents’ consent.  He was arrested and in court for possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana.  So, he doesn’t have a prescription for marijuana (never able to get one) but as his mother states, misdiagnosed for years and by some magic he is taking medication that works and all this occurred after he was arrested.
If you believe that, I have a bridge in Nelson I can sell you.  The drug is not legal as of yet and people (not the majority) feel they can do as they feel with no consequences.
I totally agree with your article, thank you for writing this.  We seem to be the silent majority.  How do we get this message out before our legislation changes.”
Sincerely
Bill
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