Drug study doesn’t have much value

It certainly is first and foremost a question of how does it work on its own?

To the Editor,

Re: Pot producers partner on study, Nov. 18.

Why is Canada’s first clinical trial to test the effectiveness of marijuana in treating post-traumatic stress disorder not being conducted at the brain research centre of the province, Vancouver General Hospital, where the most diagnostic equipment for imaging the brain is located?

It certainly is first and foremost a question of how does it work on its own? This must be completely understood and all of the harms identified first before a new drug can be compared to others.

Furthermore, the average amount of time that it takes for a new drug to go from the laboratory to the retail market is 17 years. This has been so in part to try to ensure the drug has long-term efficacy and safety.

Linda RichardsNanaimo

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