Marijuana smoking can damage kids’ health

When children have severe reactions to marijuana smoke, there needs to be some responsibility on the part of smokers.

Editor: I am writing in response to the letter (The Times, July 16) regarding neighbours’ pot smoking.

Dear Monica,

I feel for you, as I have gone through similar problems with recent neighbours and my daughter has had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance on two occasions, due to the excessive pot smell and smoke coming in through windows and the bathroom fan, which cause respiratory problems for her.

These times are extremely scary for both of us, as she is unable to breathe and literally claws at her throat. pleading with me to help.

What many do not realize is that there are people who are sensitive to marijuana and suffer from migraines, allergic and respiratory type reactions when someone chooses to light up around them. For some, the migraines can last for days.

I have a friend whose young daughter gets headaches and ends up banging her head on the wall when their neighbours light up. It is even worse during the summer months, when the smell and smoke intensify, linger and travel quite far due to the heat.

In B.C., it is illegal to smoke in a home or car with minors, or within a certain feet of open doors and windows.  It is also illegal to drive while intoxicated or while drinking an open bottle or can of alcohol,   Yet I have seen marijuana smokers who smoke in their homes around children, light up during indoor events, near parks or even while driving a car.

I realize that there are those who use marijuana for medical reasons. However, marijuana can be consumed in alternate forms of the drug that will not affect those around them.

It is extremely unfair that those around a marijuana user must suffer because the user may have “a right” to a puff. I just want to know when the rights of a few became more important than the rights of the many.



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