Reader’s commentary regarding the column about cannabis use: If teens are interested in marijuana they’re probably already using it!
I live two blocks from a well-respected private school. Regularly there are small groups of teenage boys smoking marijuana in the alley behind my house. I’m a huge supporter of cannabis. I’m in my 70s and severely allergic to many pharmaceuticals.
Cannabis has never given me respiratory issues like the vast amounts of second-hand cigarette smoke going into the lungs of seniors and children in this city.
Ellie: For a while, many of us thought the tide had turned on smoking, as increasing numbers of people heeded the cancer warnings and quit the habit.
I was introduced to smoking by an older boy when I was not yet a teenager. I loved it because I thought it made me look cool. Then I was hooked for years. My clothes and hair smelled, it took all my will power to quit.
Now e-cigarettes, vaping and JUUL are part of the never-ending entrepreneurial quest for a new money-making craze, especially among youth and adolescents.
Yet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) JUUL products, with their aerosol mix of chemicals, nicotine and fruit flavourings, deliver a higher concentration of nicotine than some other types of e-cigarettes. The latter have cartridges filled with nicotine and other chemicals, which turn into a vapor or steam a person inhales.
Back to cannabis: I’m in support of legalization, for adults, and especially for people like you for whom marijuana, smoked or ingested, offers major health benefits compared to other drugs, especially when replacing extremely addictive pain relievers.
Regarding the woman whose husband’s all-consuming hobby leaves her lonely: Note the characteristics of her husband’s behaviour and attitude which she described.
They include: intensity and focus (obsession) with a topic or activity; inflexibility about schedule and anger at disruption of routines; issues with socializing; spending all their money on the object of his focus. These are the hallmarks of Asperger Syndrome (AS).