Letter: Drug protest report didn't quite get story straight

I BELIEVE The Northern Star didn't quite get the story correct in regards to the question of how do the citizens feel about the roadside drug testing protest.

The protest wasn't for the use of cannabis, it was a protest against people having the cannabis in their body, but not being under the influence of cannabis while driving.

It seems that the protest was about people that want to be responsible in their drug use and want a test that tells if the person is under the influence, the same as alcohol.

I think this is totally reasonable and fair and I also think the government is having a witch hunt rather than this being a safety issue.

I'm terribly sorry for the losses of family and friends to drivers that are under the influence of drugs and I do hope the government comes up with a real test that would find any of the drugs that would impair the driving ability of drivers.

As there is no provision for testing of the drugs that make drivers drowsy or impaired, such as heroin, methadone, diazeapam, temazepam or endone, I just want to make the point that "this protest was about cannabis that can stay in the fat cells of the body for three months.

As a reformed alcoholic that realizes the possible abuse of the only legal recreational drug, perhaps cannabis would be an excellent choice for the next recreational drug under the same guidelines of safety as alcohol.

Michael Wright,

Mt Nardi.



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