THE EDITOR, Sir:
We are embarking on passing legislation to legalise marijuana for medical purposes. Why would we need the opinions of ordinary citizens to make a decision in this regard? My opinion, for example, would not be necessary, as I am not an expert in the field of medicine or medical research.
Let scientists conduct the necessary studies and experiments to ascertain the true value of marijuana to the medical field. If, at all, there is significant benefit to be gained, by all means, let us proceed in that direction.
It is also my view that the laws need to be amended so one can be allowed to have in one's possession, as much as half pound of marijuana for his or her personal use.
It is a great injustice for someone to have a criminal record because he or she was, at some time, arrested for having a spliff in his or her possession. Such a person may miss opportunities because of such a record.
I believe, if the law is amended, the records of persons previously charged for that offence should be wiped clean.
Coleyville PO, Manchester