Editor, Gazette:

Typically one government department contradicts actions of another batch of overpaid and under-worked bureaucrats. In the present case, our beloved Governor, Tommy Wolf, is advocating the decriminalization of the recreational use of marijuana. Whilst his and other areas of government are simultaneously discouraging smoking of tobacco, Tommy wants the equally carcinogenic and noxious cannabis legalized.

Of course smoking marijuana can cause cancer. In fact, smoking anything can cause cancer. Our lungs were not made to tolerate breathing smoke on a regular basis for years on end — especially when it contains a wide variety of potential carcinogens. California recently added marijuana to its list of carcinogens right up there with asbestos.

Schizophrenia has been linked to the use of marijuana. Heavy use of marijuana has also been linked to incidents of various cardio-vascular accidents (CVA) because of its deleterious effect on the whole cardiovascular system. Users had a far greater chance of dying from hypertension. Smoking marijuana has a far greater negative effect on the human brain than does the use of tobacco.

Ask your dentist: smoking marijuana has negative consequences for your teeth, gums and mouth. Dry mouth contributes to an increased risk of cavities, gum disease and eventually, more serious issues like stomatitis — an inflammation of the mouth and lips, or an overgrowth of the gums.

Need we even mention the incidents of wrecks and other random disruptive, if not criminal, acts already caused by smokers high on marijuana?

Read old magazines from 1930s and 1940s and see how the tobacco industry claimed health benefits from cigarette smoking, this often in league with physicians who appeared in ads smoking! Alleged health benefits from smoking marijuana are no more true were the claims of the old tobacco advertising.

In a time when governments are trying to fund their wasteful over-spending through lottery sales is it surprising that they would jump on the bandwagon to legalize and thus tax marijuana? Tommy’s is the same government that cannot decide whether the extraordinarily high tax on cigarettes is meant to raise money or abate the habit.

Legalize smoking marijuana today and the next generation will spend considerable money discouraging its use, just as it is doing today with cigarettes.

Boy! Did we re-elect a winner!

James B Whisker


Contact Elizabeth Coyle at ecoyle@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 105.


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