THE EDITOR, Sir:
Your article, 'School of marijuana' in The Gleaner of September 2, 2013, caught my attention.
I must point out that at no time was Dr Henry Lowe involved in the development of Canasol. There were only two researchers involved in its development of Canasol: the late Manley West and me, Albert Lockhart. In total, there were five drugs, namely, Canasol, Asmasol, Canavert, Cantimol and Cancens.
The idea of a research centre was proposed by Professor (later Sir) Kenneth Hall in 2002. The committee was chaired by Professor Owen Morgan. We sent our proposal to the project officer of the University of the West Indies in 2003 and nothing more was heard.
The first project proposed was 'The Effect of Ganja On The Immune System'. Since then, Dr Sanjay Gupta of CNN fame has now generated so much interest in ganja, unlike when Dr West and I started in 1972.
Perhaps we will have access to the sort of funding and collaboration required for these projects.
ALBERT B. LOCKHART