To the editor,
I've been really taken aback that people want to legalize marijuana.
As far as I can tell, it is for the purpose of gaining taxes. With the waste of taxpayers' money that is going on, to what end will that be?
The health-care system and mental health care are already overloaded with people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, never mind all who have not sough health care yet.
Why does the government want to assist people to buy the drugs and alcohol next door to a grocery store? How convenient. Put the growers to work in the rock quarry if they aren't busy enough.
They are already having a hard time getting people to quit. One example is that it has cost one couple with a new baby more than $300 a month to smoke cigarettes. That meant less food and a risk of starving the child. And they didn't have work at the time.
Cigarettes, and some drugs, are worse: not only the smell is terrible, but people who smoke have poorer health and it's in their houses and cars. Also, teenagers and younger people who smoke learn less in school, have less concentration, some quite school at an earlier age due to the learning difficulties and young parents having children, as referenced in the earlier example.
Is more accessible drugs the answer? An age limit does not stop them.
If a mother smokes, her babies are very irritable and cry a lot. Experience in the nursery taught me that. Nicotine withdrawal. Is that fair to the dear little ones? Once the child grows up and tries to smoke to see what it's like, nine times out of 10 that one cigarette does it. Addition is easy then.
So too with drugs. Babies are born sometimes with physical and mental problems. Was it the drugs the mother was on or used to take? I don't know if science has looked into that. I would say some, yes.
Mere autism in children being diagnosed: cause and effect? I don't know.
I have seen more harm than good from alcohol and drugs. Yes, that tax money would go to health care yet there is not enough money in Nova Scotia in a lot of families to make me believe (otherwise).
Some people think marijuana is not as bad as tobacco but I disagree. It messes with your brain, lungs, arteries, veins, in turn heart, kidneys and good sense.
Some people tell me they do drugs to "forget their troubles, forget life and its troubles and space out." Mind altering? I think so. It clouds their judgment and takes away the part of thought that makes them responsible citizens. Drugs are all that matter. Health care ends up taking the responsibility unless it's too late.
More people should voice their opinions to help our politicians come to better conclusions excluding anyone on drugs with poor decisions, those bent on selling illegally for money, and worse, at the expense of others.
But I guess a recent poll said it all. The most of the people said it should be legalized. I think 2,500 cast a vote. That's not everyone. There are thousands of people in Nova Scotia alone.
I guess those 2,500 people were some of the ones who didn't watch the documentary on CBC about the people on drugs and in the streets and the numbers who die in Vancouver alone.
The government of Nova Scotia has first allotted extra money for mental health. Kudos to them. But open your purses, ladies and gentlemen. It will cost a lost more.
I don't have enough scientific knowledge about drugs but I know what I see, have seen and have learned. Aging has provided some information and knowledge. I worked in and cared for a lot of people of all walks of life to give lots of information.