THE EDITOR, Sir:On the issue of the legalisation of ganja for medical use, there has been a lot of positive coverage, both from the authorities in the medical field and those patients who have benefited from its use.
Patients who have used the drug are now determined that regardless of what the authorities decide, they will continue using ganja. The adage 'don't judge your brother until you have walked a mile in his shoes' is very fitting in this discussion.
Were I very ill, I would be willing to try any remedy that could alleviate my suffering - even ganja - under proper medical supervision. So for those who are looking at the long-term economic benefits for our country, the word on the street is that the Jamaican variety is of high quality!
But what do we say to the learned Lord Gifford who says its a violation of the human rights of those who are charged for smoking the drug? I have no quarrel with adults who have opted to use the drug socially, but I have a very big problem with our young people, who have become chronic ganja smokers at an early age.
Lord Gifford, maybe you should take a walk into the psychiatric wards of most hospitals (I saw many in Brooklyn's Kings County) to see how many young men and women's lives have been destroyed because they began at an early age to follow this path. There are many of us who have wept with our friends when they saw their hopes and dreams fade after promising children became addicted to ganja.
What are the advocates of legalisation across the board telling us? Do we now sit down for an after-dinner smoke with our teenagers? God forbid!