Letters: RE SATURDAY'S editorial: the fact something is legal in 20 countries doesn't make us backward by not legalising it, and isn't a valid reason for legalisation.
In about 40 countries, it's illegal to leave the 'state religion'.
In over a dozen countries, you can be sentenced to the death penalty in a court of law for this act of apostasy.
And in more than 20 countries, a woman can be charged for the crime of being raped (typically called "forced adultery"), carrying a possible death penalty in at least several of these countries.
Valid reasons for legalising weed would be if it wasn't addictive.
If it didn't alter a user's state of mind.
If it didn't lead users down a path to other drugs.
If it actually was the easiest or best way to ease pain.
If it didn't mask problems resulting in worse long-term outcomes.
If it didn't cause other health problems.
These would be valid reasons to use (but only if they're true).
The fact weed is legal in 20 countries isn't a reason for legalisation, and calling people close-minded or backward provides nothing for value.
The case for or against legalising weed should be based on facts, not emotive arguments.
Editor's note: This is a thought-provoking letter and much of it is valid, but Saturday's editorial was about legalising medicinal marijuana, not 'weed' as such.
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