DEAR ABBY: I took exception to your response to "Former Friend in Oregon" (July 1), who vaped marijuana while visiting a friend in the presence of the friend's 12-year-old future stepdaughter. The friend made a mistake, for which she apologized profusely. She had flown cross-country to visit her pregnant best friend, no small thing. Flying can cause both anxiety and nausea, and the woman said she uses vaping to relieve both of those issues. Further, it was legal in that state.
Pregnancy can cause hormones to be out of whack, and the pregnant friend might have been more emotional and reactive than usual. "Former Friend" stated she did not have experience with children. If her judgment was poor, she apologized for it and didn't try to minimize it. I truly believe she should be forgiven and that one mistake should not end the entire friendship.