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Wednesday October 2, 2002

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Hippie lettuce is hurting nobody

Re: "How is 'Mary-Jane' uniquely Canadian?" Sept. 24

To the Editor:

I believe that people should practice what they preach; this, and a need to clear the air, is what has tempted me to write this letter.

No one said that marijuana was uniquely Canadian, but it is a part of our culture, like it or not. Ever hear of the Cannabis Cup? For those who haven't: it is a global event that judges various countries' types of marijuana and Canada is a top contender! Some of the world's best weed is Canadian.

Marijuana is definitely as much a part of our culture as beer, which is NOT uniquely Canadian, that's for sure. Now, don't get me wrong, beer is a part of Canadian culture too, but other countries pride themselves on their brew as well. How can one say that marijuana is not part of Canadian culture? It is on the verge of being legalized, if not at least decriminalized in our country – does that not show any significance?

Also, a post-it for all the Jen Clarkes out there: marijuana has not been proven to cause lung cancer!!! Four hundred thousand people are expected to die from tobacco each year; where are all the marijuana-induced reports of lung cancer?

Taking statistics from one biased study does not make a point, and I think you should get your facts straight before you start saying I'm on my death bed!!! I'm not saying that marijuana doesn't have its side effects, especially with long-term users, but that goes for any drug, including alcohol and cigarettes. My point: I believe, when compared to some legalized substances, marijuana is just as, if not more safe.

Danielle Smith
Biology III

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