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Top Anti-Drug Researcher Changes His Mind, Says Legalize Marijuana

Posted by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 10:34 PM
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I figured this deserved it's own thread so it doesn't get lost in that other thread.

 

Top Anti-Drug Researcher Changes His Mind, Says Legalize Marijuana

Thu, Jun 04, 2009 1:59 pm

 

Source: stopthedrugwar.org

 

Posted in Chronicle Blog by Scott Morgan on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 9:52pm

 

For 30 years, Donald Tashkin has studied the effects of marijuana on lung function. His work has been funded by the vehemently anti-marijuana National Institute on Drug Abuse, which has long sought to demonstrate that marijuana causes lung cancer. After 3 decades of anti-drug research, here's what Tashkin has to say about marijuana laws:


"Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects," Tashkin says. "But at this point, I'd be in favor of legalization. I wouldn't encourage anybody to smoke any substances. But I don't think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance. Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm." [McClatchy]

 

We've been told a thousand times that marijuana destroys your lungs, that it's 5 times worse than cigarettes, and on and on. Yet here is Donald Tashkin, literally the top expert in the world when it comes to marijuana and lung health, telling us it's time to legalize marijuana. His views are shaped not by ideology, but rather by the 30 years he spent studying the issue. He didn't expect the science to come out in favor of marijuana, but that's what happened and he's willing to admit it.

 

Here's the study that really turned things around:


UCLA's Tashkin studied heavy marijuana smokers to determine whether the use led to increased risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. He hypothesized that there would be a definitive link between cancer and marijuana smoking, but the results proved otherwise.

 

"What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect," says Tashkin, whose research was the largest case-control study ever conducted.

 

Prejudice against marijuana and smoking in general runs so deep for many people that it just seems inconceivable that marijuana could actually reduce the risk of lung cancer. But that's what the data shows and it not only demolishes a major tenet of popular anti-pot propaganda, but also points towards a potentially groundbreaking opportunity to develop cancer cures through marijuana research.

 

Over and over again, all the bad things we've been told about marijuana are revealed to be not only false, but often the precise opposite of the truth. So the next time someone tells you that marijuana is worse for your lungs than cigarettes, you might want to mention that the world's leading expert on that subject happens to be a supporter of legalization.

by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 10:34 PM
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Eilish
by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Trippy?!?! Do we agree on something?? I say legalize it!


rella8672
by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 10:51 PM

I dont think people realize the revenue and products that can come from marijuana and hemp.It is a huge natural resource.


Eilish
by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 10:55 PM


Quoting rella8672:

I dont think people realize the revenue and products that can come from marijuana and hemp.It is a huge natural resource.

Not to mention a powerful herbal medicinal. *But we can't have any competition for the phamaceutical tycoons.*


trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Did hell freeze over?  Oh wait, I don't believe in hell. LOL

Quoting Eilish:

Trippy?!?! Do we agree on something?? I say legalize it!


rella8672
by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Absolutely.Not to mention we are always hearing about alternative power and fuel,ummm hellooooo.HEMP YOU IDIOTS!!!

http://www.hemphasis.net/Fuel-Energy/fuel.htm

Quoting Eilish:


Quoting rella8672:

I dont think people realize the revenue and products that can come from marijuana and hemp.It is a huge natural resource.

Not to mention a powerful herbal medicinal. *But we can't have any competition for the phamaceutical tycoons.*



Eilish
by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Well something has frozen over ;-)

Quoting trippyhippy:

Did hell freeze over?  Oh wait, I don't believe in hell. LOL

Quoting Eilish:

Trippy?!?! Do we agree on something?? I say legalize it!




trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Can you imagine if Pot ends up being the long searched for cure for Cancer?  Can you imagine how many people in this country are going to feel like idiots for how they treated this wonderful plant?

trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:05 PM

I just put ice in my bong.  Does that count?

Quoting Eilish:

Well something has frozen over ;-)

Quoting trippyhippy:

Did hell freeze over?  Oh wait, I don't believe in hell. LOL

Quoting Eilish:

Trippy?!?! Do we agree on something?? I say legalize it!

 



Eilish
by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:08 PM

laughingOh boy! I guess I won't get any flack from you tonight ... you'll be too relaxed, no?

Quoting trippyhippy:

I just put ice in my bong.  Does that count?

Quoting Eilish:

Well something has frozen over ;-)

Quoting trippyhippy:

Did hell freeze over?  Oh wait, I don't believe in hell. LOL

Quoting Eilish:

Trippy?!?! Do we agree on something?? I say legalize it!






tericared
by on Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:16 PM

This is why  I put a poll in my post saying it does cause cancer,  I dont buy it... 

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