It sounds like the writer of "Why marijuana isn't real medicine" (Oct. 22) works for the drug corporations. All the reasons she stated are reasons medical marijuana is a good thing. I, for one, am sick of these drug companies telling us how to medicate with their overpriced magic pills for any ailment -- including ones they just made up. The harmful effects of all these "medications" should make us take pause, as should the information regarding addiction to prescription drugs being more prevalent than addiction to illicit ones. Keep your mind open to alternative means of treating what ails you, instead of lining the pockets of these legalized, government-backed drug dealers any further.