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

    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.


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

    can I copy this an' hand it out ? This is AWESOME news, it spits in the face of all the doomsayers, WOW , not only having NO instance of causing lung cancer but just the OPPOSITE effect in actually showing proof of preventing or reducing cancerous tumors ?!? Ha! I knew God knew what He was doin'

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

    I'm showing my mom this! Hopefully she'll join in a spliff

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    All that research and oh by the way Tashkin finally took a puff for himself and...hey it's time to legalize it!!

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    Thats just great I had also read on web md that they did a test with 2 rodent they actually injected human cancer in one of them and left the other one untreated..After that they injected it with thc and in the matters of 3 weeks it reduced the cancer size by 50%.
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    Re: Top Anti-Drug Researcher Changes His Mind, Says Legalize Marijuana

    That is great news...need to copy this and show to family and friends who are against it..thanks for the info.
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    Re: Top Anti-Drug Researcher Changes His Mind, Says Legalize Marijuana

    i wish i could kick tobacco.

    there is a series of videos on utube with Dr. Tashkin.

    he is a scientist's scientist. very smart fellow.