You are correct to urge caution before legalizing marijuana for general use in your editorial “Should Illinois legalize recreational pot?”
In Vietnam during the late ‘60s, I knew of company commanders who opted to offer general discharges to soldiers who used marijuana rather to court-martial them, so the users could be removed from their units more expeditiously. The medical thinking then was that marijuana could cause brain damage; the experience then was that users could not be depended on to perform guard duty or their normal work assignments.
My guess is that today, most people want to be confident that their surgeon, cardiologist, internist, nurse, dentist and their children’s teachers are not potheads.
— Jack Kenesey, Palatine