08/07/2013 10:58 EDT | Updated 08/07/2013 12:36 EDT

Rosie DiManno Did Heroin? Marijuana Column Raises Eyebrows


And you thought "She lost a womb but gained a penis" was the most surprising thing the Toronto Star's Rosie DiManno would ever write.

In a column published Wednesday on why Justin Trudeau's plan to legalize marijuana is misguided, DiManno seems to suggest that she did heroin, though only "three times and out."

You really have to read it for yourself:

In drug-dabbling days of yore, there was one narcotic that I knew from the get-go could be my undoing: heroin.

With the possible exception of sex, there’s no euphoric feeling on Earth so sweet as a smack rush. And while I don’t accept that dipping into any drug for an experimental adventure — not crack, not methamphetamines, not LSD — will automatically predispose an individual toward addiction and a life of ruin, which is what the drug interdiction racket would have you believe, there’s no denying the siren song of heroin nirvana as a seductive compulsion.

Three times and out, I decided. Also, needles are creepy, even when injecting subcutaneously rather than into a vein.


The rest of the column is devoted to how pot makes you boring, how legalization would lead to an expensive bureaucracy and a dangerous black market and how Trudeau is nothing more than a "stupid" and "callow" opportunist seeking to win the youth vote with a popular position.

So why tell us about the heroin use? Because DiManno thinks Trudeau should support the legalization of all illegal drugs, not just pot, because "addiction would be best addressed as a health issue and not a matter for law enforcement."

Reactions from commenters and users on Twitter have been, well, less than positive. The Star has since closed comments on the column.

"This makes a great case study: apparently doing heroin three times incredibly impairs your judgement for a lifetime," commenter Turnbullion writes.

You can check out some of the most scathing responses on Twitter in the slideshow below.

Trudeau came out in support of marijuana legalization during his campaign for the Liberal leadership. He previously supported decriminalization, but also voted in favour of a 2009 bill that included mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana-related offences.

Late last year, a Forum Research poll found 65 per cent of Canadians support either decriminalization or legalization of marijuana.

Do you think it's time to change Canada's laws regulating marijuana? How about heroin? Do we need laws to regulate Rosie DiManno? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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