THE EDITOR, Sir:
My letter is in reference to three recent letters/articles by Drs Henry Lowe and Albert Lockhart attempting to clarify where the work on Canasol began.
First, I must declare that as a young scientist, I continue to admire and be inspired by Dr Lowe's significant contributions to nation building through his numerous scientific and entrepreneurial accomplishments. I must also state that I admire him for his apparent honesty and modesty.
Therefore, you can only just imagine my disappointment with Dr Lockhart's attempt to tarnish this accomplished Jamaican's reputation in the September 4, 2013 and September 13, 2013 letters titled 'Clarifying 'school of marijuana'' and 'Lowe delusional on Canasol work', respectively.
Dr Lockhart's first letter to the editor was, at best, disingenuous when he declared, "... At no time was Dr Henry Lowe involved in the development of Canasol."
This statement entirely contradicts the jointly published work by Lockhart, West and Lowe (1977) in The West Indian Medical Journal on 'The Potential Use of Cannabis Sativa in Ophthalmology'. The journal article clearly stated, "As a result of clinical observations, controlled studies carried out by us and the work of other researchers ... , the use of cannabis in controlling glaucoma was identified. It has now been decided to formulate ophthalmic preparations of tetrahydrocannabinol and its derivatives and to investigate their possible effects on intraocular pressure."
In Dr Lowe's response published on September 11, 2013, he was able to give historical details of the research activities and also noted the other (unrecognised) persons who played a part in the work that would have eventually led to the development of Canasol.
This irrefutable evidence leads me to question Dr Lockhart's sincerity of purpose. It should be noted that the publication clearly preceded Dr Lockhart's trademarking of Canasol. If that is the case, (which it is), I must ask whether it is a matter of Lowe being delusional or simply a fact of Lockhart being maliciously forgetful.
My research indicates that Dr Lockhart is a University of the West Indies-trained medical doctor from St Vincent. Not being a chemist or having any chemistry background, how could Dr Lockhart know and work on the separation and identification of the bioactive components of cannabis?