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April 8, 2014
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Letter: Oregon residents decide whether to use alcohol, so why not cannabis?

Give adults the right to choose

I’m writing about a not-so-thoughtful March 23 letter titled ”Marijuana vs. cigarette use.”

First off, cannabis contains no nicotine. Why is this important? It’s because nicotine is the main ingredient that spreads cancer. Most men, if we live long enough, will die with but not from prostate cancer. As long as the cancer does not spread to other parts of our bodies, most will have no symptoms.

I’d like to add that the cannabis legalization issue is not whether cannabis is completely safe for everybody, including children and adolescents. It is not. The issue is freedom of choice for adults. Children have died from eating peanuts and peanut butter but we don’t cage peanut growers, sellers or consumers. One in 13 children suffer from food allergies, yet we have no foods that are outlawed. And the voters of Colorado and Washington state have decided that we should not cage cannabis growers, sellers or consumers.

Oregon adults have the freedom to choose whether or not to consume legal alcohol. Shouldn’t they have the same freedom of choice regarding legal cannabis?

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

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