Thursday, May 25, 2006

More reefer madness

Tell me again why marijuana is illegal?

People who smoke marijuana--even heavy, long-term marijuana users--do not appear to be at increased risk of developing lung cancer, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 23rd.

Marijuana smoking also did not appear to increase the risk of head and neck cancers, such as cancer of the tongue, mouth, throat, or esophagus, the study found.

It's just one study, but still, it's evidence that marijuana, at least in one respect, may be less harmful that a legal drug, tobacco. Of course, marijuana has other ill effects--but so does tobacco. Marijuana is intoxicating--but so is alcohol, a far more dangerous drug.

One might hope for a more sensible drug policy from our government. One might just as well hope for world peace, with as much chance of seeing it come to fruition.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Throat cancer often develops from squamous cells on the mucosal surfaces of the larynx, pharynx or mouth. Smoking cigarettes and drinking large quantities of alcohol can increase a person's risk for developing throat cancer. Head and neck cancers account for about 5 percent of cancers in the United States. Throat cancers usually develop around age 60, and men are 10 times more likely to develop them than women.

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