Charlottetown man leads petition against legalization of marijuana

Maureen Coulter comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 31, 2016

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.

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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 change.org.

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