Editor, the Times:
I do not know if this letter will see the light of day in the Abbotsford-Mission Times, because it contains corrections to the misinformation contained in a recent letter to the editor on medical marijuana, the tone of which seems to harken back to the time when the film Reefer Madness came out, in 1936.
Firstly, the reference to "mother Mary" in the Beatles song Let It Be, is not, as stated in the editorial, "code words" referring to marijuana, but to Paul McCartney's mother, Mary McCartney, who passed away when he was young.
Secondly, as a law enforcement worker, I can tell you that medical marijuana is not condoned by the federal government, as the article contends.
More misinformation which denies the truth of the matter.
Finally, (by the way, I should clarify that I am not a user of marijuana, medical or otherwise) research done by the Scripps Research Institute in California shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, prevents the formation of deposits in the brain associated with Alzheimer's Disease.
Investigators at Columbia University published clinical trial data in 2007 showing that HIV/AIDS patients who inhaled cannabis four times daily experienced substantial increases in food intake with little evidence of discomfort and no impairment of cognitive performance. They concluded that smoked marijuana has a clear medical benefit in HIV-positive patients.
According to an approved statement from the U.S. Department of Justice in 1988, "Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.
In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity."
I would suggest that editors planning to publish articles condemning any aspect of personal or social behavior or practice that they find personally offensive familiarize themselves with the facts behind their assumptions before printing them as truths in the interest of forwarding their own personal agenda.
John Robles Ventura, California