Blind promises on pot

Not everyone wants legal marijuana.

Why is it that politicians desperate for votes make promises without fully understanding the impact of their proposed changes or offering similar rights, freedoms or safeguards to people who will be affected by them?

We have heard from the Liberal and NDP leaders how they will regulate marijuana the minute they become the governing party.

However we have not heard how they will safeguard the public from second-hand marijuana smoke and the offensive smell associated with smoking pot.

Take for instance the case of those living in multi-family housing and apartments that can and will be affected unless enforceable laws are put into effect prior to changing any laws that will subject people to pot-related issues.

Take into consideration the approximate 300,000 B.C. residents that are affected by asthma and other lung and breathing ailments. What do the politicians have in mind to protect them?

Instead our politicians blindly stumble ahead, with hollow promises that change will be good for everyone.

When does true leadership come into effect, leadership that looks at both sides of the issue and acts on behalf of everyone – not just a vocal lobby?

I expect my government to be as mindful of my rights to the enjoyment of my property, a public venue, restaurant or workplace without being subjected to another source of second-hand smoke.

P. Nichols

 

Surrey North Delta Leader

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