I hope the writer of "Why marijuana isn't real medicine" (Oct. 22, Letters) never has to experience the pain and nausea brought on by chemotherapy. Any drug can be abused and misused. Marijuana is no different. But to deprive a person who is suffering of relief from that suffering is unthinkable. The writer seems to be more concerned with legalities than human well-being and relief from suffering. I guess a little compassion wouldn't hurt, either.