Charlottetown man leads petition against legalization of marijuana

Maureen Coulter
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Mitch Reid of Charlottetown is against the legalization of marijuana. Reid started a petition and hopes to gather over a thousand signatures before giving them to Sean Casey.

Mitch Reid says legalizing marijuana will lead more people down path of drug use

Mitch Reid of Charlottetown is saying no to legalizing marijuana as he feels this would lead more people down the path of drug use.

Reid started a petition and hopes to gather more than a thousand signatures before giving it to Sean Casey.

"I'm concerned about the step after smoking weed. For some people, they may go down that path and may not get out of it."

Reid has seen his fair share of Islanders struggling with addiction.

Three years ago, he started a group through the Christian Reformed Church called Take the First Step to help spread the message of hope through Christ to those suffering from addiction and their families.

"When the Liberal government said they are going to legalize marijuana, it caused a red flag for me," said Reid. "All the families that I've talked to and all the addicts that I've talked to, and try to help, said the gateway drug was marijuana."

Reid also expresses his concerns for it falling into the hands of young people as he feels it will be more readily accessible to them.

Reid wrote to The Guardian calling for Islanders to sign the petition and has since received a lot of online backlash over his concerns of legalizing marijuana.

"I know it's quite the topic and I've been verbally abused a number of times over it, but there is a lot of support, too," said Reid. "They don't see the picture that I see. The picture I see is the addicts that have suffered through this all. That is who we are trying to help."

"Everybody has their opinions about it," said Reid. "You can talk to 10 people and there would be 10 different answers about the topic, but I would love to share about what I think about it all."

To sign Reid's online petition, visit

Organizations: Christian Reformed Church

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Kent Street

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  • Canada
    February 26, 2016 - 22:55

    Good luck dude with your petition to prevent the legalization of reality!

  • chameleon
    February 09, 2016 - 22:08

    He is entitled to his opinion. I don't have to agree with it. I would say alcohol and tobacco are the real gateway drugs. Cigarettes are usually the first and last drug a person uses. Cigarette use has gone down without prohibition. Prohibitions enriches criminals and that is my main concern. It is more adult and responsible to regulate it like alcohol and seperate it from hard drugs.

  • Wayne Phillips
    February 04, 2016 - 16:19

    I'm wondering what particular brand and type of pharmaceutical or alcohol Mitch Reid subscribes to. He's entitled to hold any opinion he wants about legalizing cannabis. However, believing cannabis is a gateway to other drug use is not an opinion. It is a factually incorrect belief that even spokespeople involved in addictions don't subscribe to.

  • Van Nessa
    February 04, 2016 - 15:54

    I think this man needs to look at alcohol leading people down the wrong path before cannabis. Medicinal for the last 5000 years!!!

  • Dana Larsen
    February 04, 2016 - 15:54

    After receiving this media boost and having had the chance to really promote this petition online, he now has all of 11 signatures. And if you read the petition page, it is rife with spelling and grammatical errors. How is a unprofessional petition with less than a dozen signatures even a news story?

  • walker
    February 03, 2016 - 06:44

    He looks like he's nodding off holding that sign.

  • Stoned Depot
    February 02, 2016 - 01:32

    I'm not sure why ANYONE would sign a petition that would aim to effectively continue marijuana prohibition. All prohibition does is cost us BILLIONS, help to line the pockets of large criminal organizations... and by now it should be clear that the benefits of the plant far outweigh the supposed 'dangers' we've been lied to about for decades. Top 10 Reasons To Legalize Marijuana:

  • Mr. Macky
    February 01, 2016 - 20:27

    Drugs are bad mmmkay

  • I For One
    February 01, 2016 - 12:22

    I for one has smoked pot & know for sure that it dulled my response . As far as someone smoking a joint at home in the evening , no problem BUT that's not what will happen , people will smoke it at work & likely not hurt themselves but get a co worker killed because they are high . I have seen my own grandchild (high) and put a car over the bank thinking they were in forward gear . It was sheer luck that some young person wasn't killed by this action . If people are being honest - they know the effects of pot or booze has on their actions & unless the problem is in your own home with your own kid's , you are only fooling yourselves . Don't expect me to feel sorry for you when tragedy comes home to roost in your family . That's the honest view .

    • Marta
      February 01, 2016 - 22:11

      The legalization of marijuana doesn't mean that people will be able to smoke weed at work or be stoned at work... I can't see any establishment allowing their employees to work while under the influence just because the employee purchased the substance legally.

  • Smarter than your average bear
    February 01, 2016 - 09:37

    Here is what a Harper supporter looks like... sees no value in research or evidence, prefers his own limited opinion to that of experts, refuses to acknowledge science and as if that's not enough: feels he must get involved in other peoples' business. We have a word for characters like this: Quack. Good luck with your foolish petition Mitch, it will just prompt rational people to proceed with harm reduction and legalization and stop giving criminal records to kids for a joint of pot, effectively ruining their lives. Sadly, Mitch is more interested in ruining lives, not saving them.

  • J
    February 01, 2016 - 08:51

    I do not smoke cigarettes or pot but I can't understand pot doing any more damage to people than cigarettes and liquor have done, nor do I believe it is a gateway drug. People go on to other drugs because they choose to. also, there's never been a confirmed death from pot.

    • Justin Hale
      February 01, 2016 - 11:40

      J,,,,, in Reality nicotine/cigarettes are Toxic, as is alcohol take enough of either one and you will die. Cannabis on the other hand is non toxic .

  • Michael
    February 01, 2016 - 07:25

    I had a friend who killed themselves in prison because of this damn drug war. They never should have been there. They were just mentally ill and self medicating it. If you still support prohibition after all of the pain it's caused, you're not just a bad person, you're a bloody monster.

  • George
    February 01, 2016 - 05:35

    Anyone ever consider how many casual pot smokers could have turned into alcoholics,if alcohol had been their choice,Seeing how alcohol is so readily available and socially accepted,if not expeceted. Not hard to see groups of people traveling from one drinking establishment to another.Happens nearly every day here.

  • wayne
    February 01, 2016 - 03:35

    A pot petition. What a joke, when Charlottetown is know nation wide for is pill problem

  • Dave K
    January 31, 2016 - 19:49

    When the head people in NIDA and the DEA cannot even tell the American people whether marijuana is more dangerous than heroin or cocaine it is clear that there is considerable misinformation about drug use being promoted and actively pushed by our government. What he tries to save others from has never killed by overdose in at least 5,000 years of human use. "Teenagers are at greater risk of overdosing on prescription drugs than they are on illicit ones, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on their website, citing deaths relating to pharmaceutical drugs averaged at a rough estimate of 23,000 in 2013. It’s a disproportionate effect that has a worrying trend, where anxiety related issues in teenagers are the propelling reason for the drug abuse. Drugs such as OxyContin are now more likely to kill people than Heroin. Tricyclic Antidepressants are also more likely to kill, due to the ignorance in the community of the dangers of these pharmaceutical prescriptions. The aggressive advertising by drug companies are considered in this study to be a large part of the blame, mass marketing their availability to parents and children with the message of safety and benefits outweighing the risks."

  • C
    January 31, 2016 - 18:52

    Stopped reading at "Christian Reformed Church" lol.

    • D
      February 01, 2016 - 12:15

      Amen to that brother !

  • Gateway to logic
    January 31, 2016 - 17:59

    Pot is only a gateway drug right now because people have to go see a dealer. That dealer could be selling other drugs. If we sell pot in stores let's be realistic it will be sold in liquor and smoke shops why? Because there will be a legal age attached to it. I will start by saying most church groups of this nature try and find blame where it does not belong. the church has no business in politics. Religion has a place but it is not here. Everything they are claiming is not well supported and their fears are just stupid. Like really children can get their hands on it. Get real and read some no religious liturgical on the subject.

  • Dennis Hopper
    January 31, 2016 - 17:46

    Government is up to it again. If they really want to legalize pot we could grow it in the back yard and sell it roadside. But No, they will tax it to death the rich will grow it and the potheads will get taken. Next time smoke after voting not before.

  • Get Your Facts Straight Before Petioning
    January 31, 2016 - 16:46

    The people that move directly from marijuana to harder things most likely do so for one of these reasons. 1 There is something about their reality that they cannot deal with so they use ANY mind altering substance that will numb them. They will go for weed, because right now it is easier to get then liquor if you are a kid, then move to harder things when they realize that won't cut it. 2 You get tricked into by your dealer, either they mix harder stuff in without you realizing, or they talk something else up and some people would figure "The government said this stuff (pot) is as bad as meth or heroin? This isn't bad, so i bet all the stuff they say about those other drugs is just hype too they can't be as bad as they say right?" That being said often in the first case these individuals are abusing many drugs and like I said it just so happens it's easier, for children , to buy Cannabis on the black market then it is buy or steal liquor. "Marijuana is a gateway drug!" Is a statement that makes me very made because it is ignorant of what a drug is. "A medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body."-Oxford Dictionary So by definition Pepsi and Coke are two of the biggest drug dealers in the world. And most kids try a pop before they do any other type of drug.

  • This Person
    January 31, 2016 - 16:29

    I would beleive people if they just said "I want to smoke pot to get high" not spout the tired argument about medical marijuana since for 99% of people it's just a ploy to get pot not the 1% of people it may help. For one thing low THC pot strains are what may be medically beneficial not what people want to hear, and not when smoked since tar pot has four times as much tar as tobacco and often is smoked unfiltered. And the "you can't become addicted to pot" argument since "pot not an opiate" is also garbage. People are addicted to nicotine and alcohol neither of which are opiates. Where will it be smoked? I can't see how smoke shops can allow people to smoke pot when you can't do the same thing with tobacco. People in apartment buildings and people with children should also not be allowed to smoke pot. Also it will add to the already daily alcohol related DUI since yes THC is a drug that affects the CNS which means you can't drive high! No you can't even if you think you are safer. I'm not against pot I know it will be (due to Millennials) legalized but there has to be very strict control of it and its users and strong enforcement or it will all spiral out of control.

  • Jimmy Buffet
    January 31, 2016 - 16:07

    Try hugs not drugs but leave the rest of us alone ... we can make up our own minds . I say sell it and make some tax dollars out of a government approved product .

  • Stoneman
    January 31, 2016 - 15:28

    You are out of touch with reality. 70% of Canadians want legalization - including myself. The real hazards today are: * Prescription drugs * Alcohol * Fentanyl 300 people died of Fentanyl in alberta last year. 0 died of Pot. Drug prohibition has failed against Cannabis. I am a professional who uses Cannabis to relieve back pain. What I do in my own house is my business, NOT yours. Get a grip!

    January 31, 2016 - 15:24

    It will become legalized. Not for the people, nor for any other reason except it will bring in more tax revenues. Face the facts people, if there is tax revenues, this Government will be the first in line with their hands out.

  • jill
    January 31, 2016 - 14:48

    There is no reasoning with addicts.

  • knowledge goes a long way
    January 31, 2016 - 14:17

    Nice to see Storm Crows outlook containing lots of substantial evidence ,backed with a lot of important and credible sources that have done the research ...Good job my friend ..So many bad drugs out there to get off the street ....The world is waking up to the value of marijuana for health uses with a huge ETC for the amount of uses for this plant ...Sad to see how disturbed some people are ,those that cannot understand the advantages ...

  • FreedomFighter
    January 31, 2016 - 13:59

    Just more reefer madness nonsense! All the data needed for an informed decision on cannabis legalization has already been collected and can be found at the CDC web site. Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site Numbers of deaths per year in the USA * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities * Tobacco: 390,323 * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities * Cocaine: 4,906 * Heroin: 7,200 * Aspirin: 466 * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179 * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems. So, which is safer????

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 31, 2016 - 13:40


  • george
    January 31, 2016 - 13:38

    more money for the goverment to give away to there friends

  • About time someone stood up
    January 31, 2016 - 13:20

    Totally agree with Mr REID here..YOU can study all the Marihuana stats you want people will use that to just justify their drug habit...and that's what it is a DRUG habit..30% of the prescription marihuana holders have scammed the system and use weed to fulfill THEIR drug habit,they have no medical need for same........ When Washington State as well as Colorado legalized it their mental health costs went thru the roof,because the marihuana produced today has %85-95% more THC (the active drug in the plant) and caused physotic episodes in many young people especially those who have mental health histories in their families.It is highly addictive, and frequent users are found to loss any initative or ability to consentrate or be productive...........This is a BIG mistake matter what the frequent users and promoters say.... and if you know any of them you can see they are mostly non-productive at anything...........and their brains get fried....

    • Numbers never lie?!
      February 02, 2016 - 08:34

      "About time someone stood up"-If you want to use "numbers" to validate your argument it is important to reference published and accredited studies that produce said numbers. Everyone knows that 70% of stats quoted on the internet are fictitious. Instead of making up your argument like a child, try formulating a intelligent and informed conclusion. An open mind is an informed mind. An informed mind is a conscious mind. A conscious mind doesn't judge based on bias but instead embraces fact and reason. Fact- Marijuana (no H) as an illegal drug that has demand in Canada and by simple economic principal will find supply. Do you want to profits from its sale to go into the revenue of the provincial and federal governments via taxation and regulation OR into the pockets of organized crime? You made up some stats from Colorado, here's one you left out; If you follow the link you will see published and accredited number that we call facts> 2014 Colorado collected $44m in pot related tax revenue 2015 Colorado collected $77m in the first 7 months Total marijuana tax revenue includes the 2.9% retail and medical marijuana sales tax, 10% retail marijuana special sales tax, 15% marijuana excise tax, and retail/medical marijuana application and license fees. Islanders face long wait times for Doctors, shrinking social services and dwindling tourist numbers. Colorado's tourism has been bolstered since the legalization> ??? Who conducted the studies that support marijuana? Stoners that only want data to justify their drug habit"? Sounds like a lot of productivity for a group of "mostly non-productive at anything"s. Must be tough when there brains are fried! Lastly Get off your soapbox and try seeing the world thru the eyes of your neighbor. You will find that when you spend less time judging others you will spend more time living productively and happily.

  • Storm Crow
    January 31, 2016 - 12:29

    “Marijuana Is Not, Repeat Not, a Gateway” (Newsweek), "Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die" (TIME), "Marijuana a "Gateway" Drug? Scientists Call Theory Half-Baked" (CBS), “Marijuana Study Counters 'Gateway' Theory” (MedicineNet), and "Is Marijuana Really a ‘Gateway Drug’?" (MSN). And then there are all these where cannabis is an EXIT drug helping people off of far more dangerous drugs- "Marijuana Might Actually be an Anti-Gateway Drug" (ATTN),"Doctors pioneer pot as an opioid substitute" (Boston Herald), "Oaklanders Quitting Oxycontin with Cannabis" (eastbayexpress), "Patients Substitute Marijuana for Prescription Drugs" (internalmedicinenews), "Marijuana To Control Alcohol Abuse" (psychcentral), "Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs: A dispensary-based survey of substitution effect in Canadian medical cannabis patients" (tandfonline), "Is Marijuana an 'Exit Drug'? Study Suggests Some Are Taking It as a Substitute for Prescription Drugs and Alcohol" (alternet), and "Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: Preliminary findings" (PubMed - and FYI there was a 40% drop in tobacco use in just 7 days!)

    • Jim
      January 31, 2016 - 16:29

      The gateway theory has been debunked many times over. This guy is completely misguided. No credible science at all to back up this fear mongering.

  • Tyler
    January 31, 2016 - 12:28

    All alcoholics started out on milk don't you know! I wont even drink water for fear I may fall into a disastorous tailspin causing me to lose it all. What about all of the potential overdoses? Not to mention the risk of HIV between users sharing unsanitized Marijuana needles? GOD HELP US ALL!

  • Sarah Lecky
    January 31, 2016 - 12:23

    You're right - ask 10 different people and you'll get 10 opinions! Luckily, we don't have to do that because there is a thing called facts which do not change based on people's opinions. There are several countries who have legalized marijuana and so we can very easily look at the statistics in those countries to determine if pot use, addiction to other drugs, domestic issues - increase or decrease after legalization. This man does not seem to be concerned with facts whatsoever.

  • PFSST!
    January 31, 2016 - 11:51

    Look at all the peace-loving potheads on here trying to rationale over marijuana. And when it's use is challenged, look out, they'll kick your damn teeth in to prove otherwise. All us non-potheads, know of someone who smokes pot, and how just how much moral decay it's created in their lives.

  • Dana Larsen
    January 31, 2016 - 11:47

    This guy's petition literally has just 6 signatures. How is this a news story?

  • jthames
    January 31, 2016 - 11:35

    Mitch Reid is a born-again Christian. This means rational thought is a challenge, given his foundational beliefs are in error. Mitch would prefer to ignore all the evidence, brought over so many years, by so many experts. Mitch knows better. Mitch doesn't care about the massive harm done to our youth and others who have received a criminal record for pot (ie lives ruined). Mitch should mind his own business before he looks even dumber than he already does. None of these comments will have any impact on mike, the opinions of others do not matter, only BA Christians.

  • Heads Up
    January 31, 2016 - 11:27

    Pot is not a gateway drug. If you are someone who is not dealing with your issues and you find relief from anything you can become addicted to it. Ask any addiction counselor. They have to deal with those unresolved issues before the addiction can be broken.

  • Annie
    January 31, 2016 - 11:24

    We should all be up in arms over this "love them all Trudeau experiment ". The epidemic proportion of mental illness as we see it today are without a doubt related to hash and other substance abuse. Invariably we here, when somebody take their own life that they had addiction issues. Well it starts someplace, - hash is available and cheap, - and such is the beginning. As a society, by condoning this folly, we are committing many more people to misery and suicide. Maybe lawsuits like those brought against the tobacco industry will come about, - that would be interesting , - collateral damage so to speak, ----

  • Ralph
    January 31, 2016 - 11:13

    Thank you Mr. Reid, I hope you succeed. I find it unfortunate that some people on this site find it necessary to resort name calling. It is also interesting that a number of people admit hash to be a bad thing, - but argue, that there are substances that are WORSE, - their logic: therefore let us go for ALL of it. Everybody knows we can't get rid of alcohol & tobacco, the government cannot afford to give up the taxes they collect. But why add an other substance that is bad for people and will cause untold problems? For the same reason,- the taxes-, and in the same fashion, idiots will buy into that as well, and live miserable lives, - in the process however creating lots of jobs in the counselling and mental health sector. - It is a hell of a way to run a society, - but that is what it has come to, - politicians leading their 'underlings' into temptation and making them pay for it.

  • Bobby
    January 31, 2016 - 10:53

    If marijuana is a gateway drug then why have I been smoking it for 30 years and still have not tried cocaine, meth, crack, heroin, etc. The gateway must be locked up for me I guess. I also know plenty of people who have smoked weed for years, and they've never been addicted to any pills or hard drugs. On the other end, I have a sister in law who never tried marijuana because she is asthmatic and hates smoke of any kind, but she is now recovering from a 7 year prescription pill addiction. So what was the gateway that caused her to get hooked on pills? Cuz it wasn't weed. I don't buy the whole "gateway drug" thing. It's the personality of a human being that causes them to do the things they do. If you start smoking weed but then get into harder stuff, it's because you weren't satisfied with the high weed gave you. It's the same as drinking. Many can just have a few beers every weekend, and that's it. However, there are others that need to down a quart in a couple hours cuz the beer buzz is no good to them. They need more. I don't think legalizing weed is going to turn the country into a bunch of pill popping/needle shooting junkies. However, I don't think it's going to stop people from becoming pill popping/needle shooting junkies either. That is going to be up to the person who becomes the junkie. There are always going to be those who want's in their nature.....weed or no weed.

  • Where-do-you-live?
    January 31, 2016 - 10:28

    Well marijuana is illegal right now. How has that stopped people from using it? This makes no sense.

    January 31, 2016 - 10:14

    I wonder why this guy wants Marijuana left in the hands of Organized Crime ??? Hummm

  • Abused
    January 31, 2016 - 09:52

    Thank you for taking a stand against this Mitch! I lived a life with a marijuana user and he couldn't get the high he wanted from it any longer so he turned to hash and when that wasn't enough he turned to stronger drugs and alcohol.. When we couldn't afford what he wanted he took it out on me. I am a firm believer that marijuana is a gateway drug because I lived a life watching it.

    • Wayne Jory
      January 31, 2016 - 13:37

      People can become addicted to anything if they have addictive personalities. Someone can be addicted to making themselves vomit, doesn't mean we should criminalize food. Education not prohibition

    • Details
      January 31, 2016 - 15:25

      If "marijuana" is a gateway drug than why doesn't everyone who uses it turn to harder drugs? Do some research and read some of Storm Crows links, educate yourself. I hope your friend got the help he needed as it sounds like he had some issues that went beyond using Cannabis.

    • Chris Norris
      January 31, 2016 - 15:32

      Your friend seems like he had no will-power. Your friend sounds like an idiot/junkie. If you were smart, you would know that a certain few people have an "addictive personality". Don't be like your friend, because the majority of society does not smoke pot then quickly move to other serious drugs unless he/she just wants to be comatosed all of the time. People like your freind, and yourself with such a stupid comment are keeping people on opiate's from getting a less harmful substance for their pain, such as myself. I had to quit something less addictive, and start using something 10 times more addictive, when all i need is some pot! Screw ALL other unnatural drugs/substances. Do some research, YOU NEED IT... "Abused"!!

    • Chris Norris
      January 31, 2016 - 15:33

      Your friend seems like he had no will-power. Your friend sounds like an idiot/junkie. If you were smart, you would know that a certain few people have an "addictive personality". Don't be like your friend, because the majority of society does not smoke pot then quickly move to other serious drugs unless he/she just wants to be comatosed all of the time. People like your freind, and yourself with such a stupid comment are keeping people on opiate's from getting a less harmful substance for their pain, such as myself. I had to quit something less addictive, and start using something 10 times more addictive, when all i need is some pot! Screw ALL other unnatural drugs/substances. Do some research, YOU NEED IT... "Abused"!!

  • Dm
    January 31, 2016 - 09:38

    Mitch its useually the first ilegal drung ppl try maybe thats why your hearing its the first "drug" they tryed but guess what Mitch? Alcohol is a drug as well and definitely changes your decision makeing process more then weed, anone who tried both cAn tell you that, you wont need your groupe to Find that out bud. Liquor has ruined more lifes then marihuana and will continue to do so when both are legal. So why not add that to your list of gateway drugs you want banned.

  • AL
    January 31, 2016 - 09:31

    Come on people wake up. Do we not have enough problems now with drugs and alcohol. Give this man some support. Look at what happened when the use of alcohol became legal after prohibition. Did it solve any problems? NO read the newspapers every day and we see the result. just because J.T. wants to change the law so he can smoke his weed legally doesn't mean those with enough common sense to understand what it will do for our youth, have to go along with it.

  • Jerry Golick
    January 31, 2016 - 09:14

    If Mr. Reid had taken the time to actually study the scientific material about cannabis he would have learned 3 things; 1) Cannabis is far less addictive than just about everything but especially tobacco and alcohol, 2) cannabis prohibition has done immeasurable more harm than legalization, and 3) even for those few cases where individuals become dependent, quiting cannabis is far easier than almost anything else.... Mr. Reid should do some proper research before starting petitions

  • Billy Bong Thorton
    January 31, 2016 - 09:11

    A petition with 1000+ signatures isn't going to stop the legalization process. Marijuana has many more benefits than negatives. Get a petition going around to ban prescription pain killers, they are the leading cause of addiction and doing much more damage to communities and peoples lives than marijuana ever will. I support the legalization and regulation of marijuana. This guy looks half baked on methadone...hypocrite.

  • Bob Jones
    January 31, 2016 - 09:10

    I wonder if he at least supports decriminalization. I suspect an equal number of people have suffered from that.

  • Concerned
    January 31, 2016 - 08:56

    It is time to wake up and smell the roses. People get addicted from many things and I am tired of other people putting everyone in the same category. People thought if you put cigarettes up high enough kids would not smoke but it works in reverse the more you don't see something the more you want it

  • John MacInnis
    January 31, 2016 - 08:48

    There are two drugs that are killing a large number of Islanders and other Canadians every year, and the drugs are alcohol and nicotine. Those who are members of Alcoholics Anonymous say that alcoholism is a disease, but it's really just another kind of drug addiction, and that's all it is. Smoking tobacco is killing thousands of Canadians every year, and I'm afraid to even think of the people I've known who died of cancer as a result of smoking tobacco. Now here's a drug that's very, very dangerous - methamphetamine - and two street names for this drug are crystal meth and ice. It's a really big problem south of the border in America, so I think it's time to forget about marijuana being legalized, and concentrate on getting rid of alcohol, nicotine, and methamphetamine. Marijuana isn't a big deal, it's a little bitty addictive, but nothing at all like alcohol and nicotine is.

  • Leo
    January 31, 2016 - 08:24

    So I guess he would rather people buy this "gateway" drug from some drug dealer who sells god knows what other narcotics, then somewhere legal. Legalizing weed kind of cuts the legs off the whole "gateway drug" thing. It certain lessens it. It's a pity to see people so naive.

  • no thanks
    January 31, 2016 - 08:06

    i agree with Mr. Reid 100% --marijuana lead a lot of hippies from the 60's down a lifetime of drug induced misery The petition will do no good -- Mr Casey is a typical politician and will do what his leader tells him -- he cannot use his own mind on this topic or any others covered by party policy - but he will say whatever you want to hear as long as he is not being recorded or in public

  • wrong
    January 31, 2016 - 07:44

    i understand you concern but if you want people to listen you must get the facts straight. The real gate way drug/subtAnce is alcohol, ask someone when they tried other drugs I guarantee the majority of them will say while they were drinking. You might want to focus on the alcohol and prescription drug problem we have as opposed to focusing on the so called gateway drug. It is time people realize alcohol and prescription drugs are the real gateway. Stop waisting time on marijuana on focus on the real problem!

    • in the know
      January 31, 2016 - 09:43

      @wrong-you are so very wrong the 30's of today skipped the drinking and went right to weed first, this I know for a fact. The young men that are serving time today for crimes all started off with weed and all went to hell in a hand basket, so do I agree what Mr Reid is trying to do YES I have a family member who is doing time right now and if we could have gotten him the help when he started at 15 perhaps he would not have lost the last 15 years of his life.

    • Can't fix stupid
      January 31, 2016 - 13:24

      Maybe your relative should have made better life choices. Many law abiding people smoke marijuana and don't resort to a life of crime.

    • Concerned Island Resident
      January 31, 2016 - 14:15

      "in the know", Why do you not see that removing the criminal element from cannabis will make it LESS LIKELY for teenagers to be able to access cannabis? In fact, substituting cannabis for alcohol is a generally a preferred outcome. As many peer-reviewed studies have shown, cannabis is irrefutably less harmful than alcohol. It still carries some harm to users, particularly younger ones with a predisposition for mental illnesses. This is why we must have legal access for adults, Drug dealers don't ask for ID. Your "family members might have been able to get the help they needed rather than thrown in jail if, like alcohol we could provide treatment options rather than the heavy hand of the law. Legalization will make Canadian society better, Mr Reid is dragging us backwards.

    • DaveyBoy16
      January 31, 2016 - 20:03

      @intheknow- Respectfully, wrong is not incorrect, and your facts are partially correct but, this is a matter of opinion, there are no hard facts except taking an individuals word for what and what was not consumed. You must consider that many of these individuals that ended up in jail all started with liquor. If you look up the statistics on such you will see the high prevalence of alcohol consumption well, well before the consumption of marijuana. Not to mention how much alcohol disables the frontal lobe within your brain and thus results in very poor decisions as it also messes with the brains "inhibition" properties. However, alcohol is legal so the stigma is more placed on marijuana as it is illegal. Be careful with your words, not all men in prison started with weed. How many people on this island have a loved one affected or lost as a result of alcohol? These tests or questions, for the most part, that are asked to criminals or even criminals that are also addicts leave out the consumption of alcohol, it is legal and thus rarely asked. It leads to biased results as you are reporting. However, I am saddened to hear about your family member. It is unfortunate that he has ended up where he is today. Respectfully, I would be surprised if he did not have a sip of alcohol before he smoked marijuana. Respectfully, yes individuals at a young age are at much greater risk when it come to marijuana. However, please keep in mind that this applies to EVERYTHING when speaking of young adolescents; any toxins can effectively throw off the developing brain including liquor but yet you still see underage sales all the time as well as with Tobacco. Again, the model the Liberals are promoting isn't for the sheer consumers pleasure, there is much more to it but many people with a narrow field of view neglect to see it. In a society with universal health care, we are all together paying for the poor decisions, the negligence, the mistakes and misfortune of the young and the old. Now, legal or not, as you know with your family member, the young will obtain what they please and any medical conditions that may result come out of our pockets. However, having a system in place, taxes such. Now, this at least provides individuals something that can be consumed while knowing exactly what they are consuming. Funds can actually go in to support rehabilitation, funds can actually go into support the health system. There is so, so much more that you are missing. You are looking at the small picture and unfortunately so, biasing it on your personal experience. I respect your decision, but you are wrong. Look up the statistics also, stats can lay, so be wary and also ask questions about what it is you are reading, such as who funded this, what is there agenda, okay so criminals started smoking pot but, is that really the stepping point? were questions missed? Again, I respect your opinion and this is mine. However, be mindful that sometimes there are exceptions to the rules and sometimes things aren't as clear as society may paint them.

  • Jim
    January 31, 2016 - 07:24

    That`s the same as saying Beer is the gateway drug to alcoholism. Or a chocolate bar is the gateway to obeseity. When marijuana is finaly leagalized I believe we will see a drop in hard drug . And a big tax increase from marijuana sales.

    • John MacInnis
      January 31, 2016 - 10:00

      Well, Jim, the State of Colorado raked in $76 million from the sale of marijuana in '14, and that sounds like a good idea for Canada. So it was "Rocky Mountain High" indeed, a really good song that John Denver wrote and recorded in '72.