Pubdate: Mon, 02 Jul 2007 Source: Providence Journal, The (RI) Copyright: 2007 The Providence Journal Company Contact: http://www.projo.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/352 Author: Allan Erickson GOVERNOR BUYS LIES ABOUT MARIJUANA It is apparent Gov. Donald Carcieri still believes the federal government's lies regarding cannabis. Here in Oregon there are over 2,500 doctors who have written recommendations for patients to use cannabis as medicine. In saying he does not support the bill because it "violates federal law and ignores the drug-approval process as established by the Food and Drug Administration," your governor ignores the needs of citizens living with a health-care system that is failing millions. Described in 1988 by a Drug Enforcement Administration administrative-law judge, Francis Young, as "one of the safest therapeutic substances known to man," cannabis has been demonized for over seven decades. Its prohibition was founded with no scientific basis and relied on the bigoted fantasies of a career prohibition bureaucrat named Harry Anslinger. Enough with the lies; cannabis continues to prove effective in treating many conditions. Recent studies from Spain validated the Medical College of Virginia study conducted in 1974 that showed cannabis has anti-cancer properties. The problem is not cannabis. The problem is government policy run under false pretense. Science has proven cannabis is medicine. The government does lie. Governor Carcieri is wrong and should admit it. ALLAN ERICKSON Eugene, Ore. The writer is a member of the Drug Policy Forum of Oregon.