From the age of 25 to around the age of 55, I smoked pot every day; I never encountered the day the marijuana failed to get me high, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many looking forward to marijuana’s legalization

In my life I have seen many more lives ravaged by booze than pot, says letter writer

To the editor:

Re: Legalized marijuana will be a gateway drug, Letters, Dec. 28.

I read with interest the opinion that marijuana will lead to becoming a junkie.

From the age of 25 to around the age of 55, I smoked pot every day. I never encountered the day the marijuana failed to get me high. Some strains were more effective than others, but with the hundreds of fellow smokers I met over this time, only a few would go on cocaine benders but never made it a habit. There were doctors, lawyers, mechanics, school teachers and just about every walk of life who enjoyed a puff every day. In my life I have seen many more lives ravaged by booze than pot.

For myself I ceased smoking when my move to the city and the illegal nature of this drug did not go well together. I don’t do hard drugs and believe myself relatively ‘normal.’ However I hope to smoke or ingest pot again when it becomes legal as it is a marvelous pain medication. Myself and many others hope this new law comes to pass.

Hugh Baker, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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