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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

AMA-published medical study reveals no lung damage from casual marijuana smoking!

In a major milestone for advocates of marijuana legalization, The Journal of the American Medical Association has published the results of a study which found that casual marijuana use does not harm lung function.

It was just a few months ago in October that the California Medical Association adopted a position urging the legalization of marijuana at its annual meeting. At the time, I reported that the California Medical Association acknowledged in its position that marijuana carries health risks, not unlike the use of nicotine and alcohol, but qualified that it should also be legal and regulated like nicotine and alcohol, arguing that the effects of prohibition have caused more harm to public health and families than the potential risks of marijuana use.

Even if you don’t completely agree with it, that position seems reasonable enough, and it’s a position that more and more health experts and even law enforcement officials are beginning to adopt. But, the findings in this newly-published study indicate that smoking marijuana doesn’t even carry the same health risks as smoking tobacco cigarettes, which is legal and regulated in the United States.



Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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