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POt coverage shows liberal bias

I have observed for a number of years The Union takes a decidedly liberal or progressive position on a variety of social and political issues, in spite of the fact your paper claims to fairly and equally represent the perspectives of everyone, including conservatives and those with traditional beliefs and values.

The tenor and content of many of your articles and cartoons substantiates this.

A cartoon in Saturday’s paper, Nov. 10 again illustrated this.

The cartoon was at the bottom of page “A5,” and shows a person blowing apparently marijuana smoke in Uncle Sam’s
face, celebrating the fact that “CO and WA state pass rec pot use.”

I would expect to see something like this in a drug proponent publication.

I challenge The Union to give equal coverage to the use and dangers of marijuana that science is discovering plague many users.

The chemical THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana stimulates the brain and creates physiological and physical effects that include for a significant percentage of people mental health problems, psychosis and schizophrenia.

For people who have a family history of psychosis and/or schizophrenia, their risk of developing these problems is doubled with the use of marijuana, according to one study by Harvard Medical School.

The use of marijuana by young people starts many on a lifetime of difficult challenges.

Harvard Medical School among many other institutions have begun publishing the results of studies on the problems associated with the use of marijuana - http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/teens-who-smoke-pot-at-risk-for-later-schizophrenia-psychosis-201103071676.

Many of The Union’s readers know young people who have started using marijuana who have family problems or other challenges in life, and they end up with even more troubled and tragic lives, being diagnosed with psychosis, schizophrenia and other mental health problems.

Please be responsible to this community and report all sides of issues, what may be positive as well as negative aspects.

In this particular case not just the euphoria and “in your face” use of drugs, but the dark and tragic side.

Larry Diminyatz lives in Nevada City.



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