Editor: I was surprised by what I read in letters “Why marijuana should not be legalized” in the Feb. 13 issue. The writer should have used “I believe” or “I feel or think” rather than provide information as facts. I do not know where the writer obtained the sources for the information but not all corroborate the science of marijuana. Smoking marijuana can be a danger to health. I base my findings on information from the National Institute of Health website, but it says nothing about DNA changes. The site also says “when used heavily” some of the adverse effects occur.
Now to the other critique of the article. Does the writer differentiate recreational vs. medicinal use? There are certain people who would benefit from marijuana use especially those suffering from terminal illness and from chronic pain. The writer makes no mention of the benefits. It is my understanding that the present proposal that will be on the ballot is for medical use only. Possibly some cases would occur where people would abuse marijuana but for those, who suffer from the aforementioned conditions, marijuana should be a treatment.