Pot smokers need to spark their interest

Now is the time for all marijuana smokers to step out of the closet and sign the Sensible B.C. petition.

To the Editor,

Now is the time for all marijuana smokers to step out of the closet and sign the Sensible B.C. referendum in your area. There will be no better time than now.

For decades, pot smokers have hidden behind the imposed curtain of a constructed social stigma that neither accurately reflects the smokers nor the plant.  You have been labelled, marginalized, jailed, fined, lied about and pushed to the fringes of your community. The manufactured lies about the harmful effects have not been borne out, yet you allow them to run the agenda.

At a time when several U.S. states have decriminalized marijuana, Macleans Magazine has called for it’s legalization, a former B.C. attorney general has weighed in on decriminalization and the B.C. Municipalities Association has called for the end to this nonsense of jailing smokers, you the smokers, the very people that one would expect to roll up their sleeves and step forward, still stay closeted in your own fear of coming out for what is your right. Never mind the arguments now, never mind the drink in hand bigots who will never see the irony, never mind the narrow minded politician who plays to an ever shrinking base and never mind that it’s not that difficult of a product to obtain, no one will do this for you. This is for you. The time is now.

The Sensible B.C. referendum is fronting the incoming bigotry, hate and irrational press for you. It is running the defence on your behalf. All you need to do now is put on your hat and coat and go out and sign. Yes, it’s time to come out of the closet. And it wouldn’t hurt to bring a few friends.

Klaus NennNanaimo