PAM McCOLL, who iss the local push behind SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana - has set this Letter to the Editor, which the Sun will publish tomorrow or Monday.
Harper needs to stop cracking jokes and take responsibility for embarrassing the nation.
Early this year UNICEF revealed that more Canadian kids smoke marijuana
than anywhere else in the western world and the Prime Minister is
cracking jokes about Sir John A. MacDonald
A UNICEF report released in the spring of 2013 ranked Canada first out
of 29 countries on the percentage of young people smoking pot. 28 per
cent of the 11 - 15-year-old Canadian children surveyed said they had
smoked marijuana during the last year. This is an embarrassment for our
country and a very sad comment on the effect the Harper government has
had on prevention and education. This is a public health crisis and
political pundIts are arguing over legalization and decriminalization
when the majority of the pot market is under age and will continue to be
regardless of effort to legalize. The legalization of marijuana could
well increase access and availability to the youth market and enhance not
dilute the criminal distribution of pot in this country.
CNN ( Anderson Cooper ) news reported that in the State of Colorado
three young people died from synthetic marijuana use and 150 were
hospitalized this week but that went pretty much unreported in this
weeks Canadian media.
Few of the 90% of Canadians who don't use marijuana understand what
legalization or decriminalization looks like and the discussion needs to
move to what commercialization, and normalizing marijuana would mean to
our kids. Anyone who downplays the risks and harm marijuana poses to
youth will at some point in the near future be called out. In the
meantime where on earth is Health Canada and the advocates for public
health in this country ? Politicians sit down until this country has had
a change to discuss this in depth and say no if someone asks you to
sign a call for referendum at this time.