Pubdate: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 Source: Oregon Daily Emerald (U of Oregon, OR Edu) Copyright: 2007 Oregon Daily Emerald Contact: http://www.dailyemerald.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1518 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v07/n702/a06.html Author: John Kirkman PETRYNI AVOIDS AN HONEST DEBATE ABOUT CANNABIS In his latest column, Matt Petryni ignores the cannabis science-base and thus creates a haze ("Cannabis debate caught in smoky haze" ODE, June 8, 2007). Cannabis does not cause cancer, as Petryni stated. In fact, cannabis has been, double-blind peer-reviewed, proven time and time again to be an anti-cancer agent. Drivers that test positive for cannabis are less likely to be involved in an accident. We should reject the notion that it's more important to lie than to tell the truth - just to send a message. Six hundred thousand Americans die each year from tobacco and alcohol, 100,000 from legal drugs and zero from cannabis. It's way past time for an honest debate on cannabis. John Kirkman Oakridge, Ore.