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Letters To The Editor, 25th October 2017

Protest march Sukha Singh, Labasa Why do we have to organise a protest march whenever we want something? Why can’t the protesters just go direct to the Government and sort
25 Oct 2017 11:00
Letters To The Editor, 25th October 2017

Protest march

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Why do we have to organise a protest march whenever we want something?

Why can’t the protesters just go direct to the Government and sort out their grievances?

Legalising marijuana

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

I believe that marijuana is a misunderstood drug that is thought of as dangerous but, it isn’t.

As a matter of fact, marijuana is highly beneficial. Because of people’s ignorance and gullibility, marijuana has become illegal for all of the wrong reasons and should be reexamined for legalization. Over the years, society has forgotten that there has been a culture behind marijuana since ancient times, and has been used by different ethnicities, for religious reasons of for spiritual and medicinal use.

There are also some health risk myths and realities. Studies show that no one has ever died from a marijuana over-dose. Marijuana doesn’t produce harmful toxins that can kill, nor does it cause brain damage. Short term memory is only affected during “intoxication”, not before or after use. In fact, studies indicate that marijuana provides symptomatic relief for a number of medical conditions. Alzheimers, Sclerosis, HIV, Arthritis, Sleep Apnea, and many others. Patients and physicians have also reported that smoked marijuana provides relief from migraines, depression, seizures, and insomnia among other conditions. They relate being “stoned” to being relaxed and alert. That with all of the other benefits, how can the use of marijuana be considered wrong or dangerous? If it truly is a “gateway” drug, why don’t we legalise it and by doing so remove the gateway? After all, research has made it clear that it is safer, more beneficial, and healthier than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol.

Many people like me who are pro-legalisation of marijuana don’t even use it. We can see the positive effects it would have on our country.

So, I suggest the long-standing prohibition against recreational use of cannabis in Fiji should be repealed. In addition, the penalties for possession and trafficking of cannabis should be abolished.

Hilarious

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

It is indeed hilarious to see Mr Mahendra Chaudhry and Mr Felix Anthony side by side during the FTUC organised march.

Integrity is no longer an issue. When it comes to political survival compromise seems to be the only solution. What a joke!

‘I’ matter

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

I sent some money to my nephew in Labasa through at Courts Samabula Western Union.

Instead of Isikeli, I told the officer who served me that the recipient’s first name was Sikeli.

Imagine getting a call from the recipient saying that every other detail was correct, including his middle and surname, except for the missing ‘I’ in his first name.

The Western Union officer in Labasa refused to clear the money transfer, even when I spoke to her, saying that it is company policy and that I had to go back to Courts Samabula, just for that missing ‘I’ to be inserted.

The officer just picked up the phone and that ‘I’ was inserted over the phone, with no other changes.

Is there an award for such by-the-book employees?

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