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Letter: Turley-Hansen wants to take away our freedom

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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3:00 pm

I’m writing about Linda Turley-Hansen’s not-so-thoughtful column: “Just like booze and porn, pot changes the brain” (April 27).

Lots of substances and activities change our brains including music lessons and products containing caffeine. Like coffee and tea, small amounts of cannabis are beneficial to most adults. Cannabis is one of the most powerful anti-inflammation products on Earth.

I used to have a supervisor where I worked who often boasted that he drank at least 20 cups of coffee every day. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack in his mid-40s. Does Turley-Hansen advocate the criminalization of coffee?

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.

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

Kirk Muse


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