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06-Apr-06 -

The Eye Opener's Editor has, for the last 137 years, been heavily addicted to drink. What about pot? Yes, 30 years ago the Editor inhaled three puffs of marijuana. His analytical faculties deserted him for weeks. He has never partaken since and he has, since, entertained strong suspicions of the weed's long-term effects. He is hard-wired in his belief that he can detect people who are heavy pot users - they have become what the Editor calls "potheads". And when a pothead is combined with a pinhead - well have a look at that famous pinhead colony just west of Golden B.C. - don't go in - you can see it from the Trans Canada Highway - is more proof needed that the last thing Canada needs is too many potheads? Scientific proof ? It looks like there soon will be. Dr. Martin Cohen , a psychologist at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle, Australia, believes that toking on a joint (is that the correct terminology? - after all this Editor is 147 years old) often leads to frying of the brain. Dr. Cohen is well on his way to scientifically proving the link and he is, even now, prepared to stick his neck out." ..... there's a definite increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms from smoking the hydroponic cannabis produced nowadays as to what was smoked fifteen to thirty years ago", says Dr. Cohen. Go to Australian Broadcasting Corporation's All in the Mind and by click here to watch Dr. Cohen carrying on his investigation with a couple of Australian potheads. Where does that leave politicians advocating the legalization of pot: There of course is the Marijuana Party of B.C. In this year's election, the Federal NDP the Federal Liberal Party in wanted to decriminalize pot - have a look at the web site of NormlCanada for a summary of where the parties stood in January's election. The Conservative Government? In the words of Norml Canada: "Stephen Harper committed himself to blocking any efforts at law reform and vowed to craft tougher sanctions for dealers and growers." A lot of puritans (i.e. Canadians who are "desperately afraid", in Mencken's words, that "somewhere, someone might be having a good time") support the Conservative party so the Conservative stand on pot may be a sop to the party's AntiGoodTimers. But, until Dr. Cohen's hypothesis is proven or disproven, we agree with Mr. Harper.

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