Dear neighbour,

I know we haven’t always been the best of friends. (Sorry I borrowed your bin the other week…)

I wanted to write to you about the upcoming cannabis referendum. I have no idea where you stand on these types of things. But I wanted to let you know that I use cannabis to help with my anxiety. When the world starts to spin and I can’t calm my breathing, I use a small bit of cannabis and then I can think straight. It means I don’t break up with my partner, it means I can buy groceries without having a panic attack in the supermarket. It means I can sleep at night enough to go to work the next day. I’m a lawyer.

I know a lot of people think those who enjoy cannabis are just a bunch of stoners. The truth is, a lot of people use cannabis for a lot of different reasons. We can’t assume anything these days – as long as they are smart and safe about it I don’t see the problem.

I talk to my therapist about my cannabis use – she is onboard and we monitor it together.

Right now, a prescription for CBD aoil is about $400 and it would last me two weeks at most.

I just want to be able to walk into a shop, ask the shopkeeper what’s on offer, and be able to pick a cannabis product out with clear potency labels and pay for it legally (and without spending a fortune). I’m pretty tired of these weird picking cannabis up out of my postbox situations.

I know we are pretty different. But you seem understanding too. I hope you consider voting yes in the referendum. And that maybe you see cannabis a bit differently now?

Wishing you all the best,

Your neighbour 🙂