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It’s high time…

on August 30, 2015

…we decriminalize the use of cannabis! (Pun intended.)

In all seriousness, the more we are allowed to know about cannabis, the more ridiculous it is that it’s still illegal in most places in America. The most recent study confirms this, once again:

…there is a surprising body of evidence about smoking pot that could be worth revisiting: marijuana has been found, in decades of pulmonary research, to be much safer to smoke than tobacco, and even has been linked to decreasing the risk of developing lung cancer.

…According to Dr. Donald Tashkin, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA, who has studied the drug and its effects on lungs for over 30 years, the smoke content of pot is similar to that of tobacco, even when it comes to high concentrations of carcinogens in tar by-products. But despite that,…logical health concerns could be misplaced. “Through my studies, we failed to find any positive association,” he said, saying that instead, “the association would be negative, between lung cancer and the use of marijuana. The likelihood is, that despite the fact that marijuana smoke contains carcinogens, we don’t see the same heightened risks of cancers that we see in tobacco.”

In fact, Tashkin said that marijuana’s anti-inflamatory and suppressant qualities significantly cut down the chances of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is the third leading cause of death in America, according to the American Lung Association. According to a 2013 study by Tashkin, “the accumulated weight of evidence implies far lower risks for pulmonary complications of even regular heavy use of marijuana compared with the grave pulmonary consequences of tobacco.”

You can read the article in it’s entirety here. (Emphasis in the quote was added by me.)

Not only is cannabis associated with a lower risk of lung cancer, but it’s extraordinarily safer than alcohol.

Recreational pot…is less dangerous than both alcohol and tobacco, scientists assert.

The safety of marijuana versus booze is not a new claim but, for the first time, researchers measured the potential harm of these drugs in a more quantitative way — that is, by comparing a lethal dose to how much of the substance is typically consumed socially.

Their findings showed the dangers of marijuana “may have been overestimated in the past”, while the risk of alcohol has been “commonly underestimated,” researchers said.

The report, published in Scientific Reports at the end of January, compared the potential of death from the typical, recreational use of 10 drugs: marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, diazepam, amphetamine and methadone. Marijuana was, by far, found to be the safest, even when compared to alcohol and cigarettes….

Lead author Dirk Lachenmeier told NBC News the findings, “confirm earlier results of other study groups [but] with completely different methodology.” And while his results may not be surprising, “the absolute differences in riskiness between substances” was even higher than expected.

You can read the rest of that article here, and follow the links for further reference.

Does it even matter that death by cannabis overdose is virtually impossible?

According to one frequently cited study, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying.

On the other hand…

In 2010, overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In the same year, a total of 25,692 persons died of alcohol-induced causes, including accidental poisoning and disease from dependent use.

You can read the article with those two quotes here. (Again, emphasis added by me.)

Doesn’t it seem a little backwards that cannabis is still illegal?? If you’re asking yourself that question, you’re in the majority of Americans now.

A majority of Americans support the legalization of recreational marijuana, according to a new poll from CBS News — and it’s the highest percentage in support since the news organization began asking the question in 1979.

…CBS News released a poll showing 53 percent of Americans are in favor of marijuana legalization.

Although that’s the highest amount of support for marijuana legalization CBS has ever polled, it isn’t the highest level of support ever found. And because survey methods can vary, it’s useful to look at a number of national polls to get a fuller picture of the issue.

…In 2013, Gallup found 58 percent of Americans supported legalizing marijuana — a 10-point surge from the year prior — but in 2014, the organization found a sharp drop in that support, to 51 percent. A report released last month by the Democratic-affiliated Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found 61 percent of Americans in favor of legalization — some of the highest support for marijuana legalization to date. Earlier this year, General Social Survey, widely regarded as the most authoritative source when it comes to researching public opinion, found 52 percent of Americans in support of legalization.

If you would like to read the whole article, or follow the links provided, you can do so here.

Once again, it’s time politicians start listening to not only the majority of Americans, but scientists, as well. End the madness, legalize!

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5 responses to “It’s high time…

  1. If they legalize it, the profiteers would lose a boatload of billions. I think we all know who is in on this money game.

    For shame. For shame.

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    • True. That’s why they’ll tax it to death. Which is ok…I’ll grow my own!

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      • That, sadly, will result in creating more hell within your life.

        They need to simply crop it and tax it like cigarettes. Many murders would not occur and the kingpins in Mexico would be forced to revamp the lifestyles of it’s poor and infirmed.

        Sorry, my rant could go for hours. I don’t even use it as I did in my twenties. But what if I were to come down with cancer? I think I would definitely be seeking out a doctor for a medical prescription. I’ve seen too many suffer from the nausea, and the lack of desire to eat. I know it would help them.

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      • I wouldn’t grow it until it was legal to do so, but I believe that will happen soon.

        I don’t want to see it treated like tobacco. I believe it’s the irradiation and chemicals dumped on tobacco that is the reason for the current association with lung cancer. It wasn’t always so. (Native Americans weren’t dying left and right from lung cancer, that I know of!) I would like to see more people able to grow their own or buy from local, trusted mom and pop shops.

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      • Definitely! Totally agree.

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