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  •  You got a link? (7+ / 0-)

    Because I do. Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half. (That's a report of one of numerous studies with similar results.) Of course, there are more studies on other medical uses for marijuana.

    It is cruel to deny treatment to those who could be benefit from it.

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 06:53:22 AM PST

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    •  Remember I am in favor of legalization (5+ / 0-)

      for both recreational and medical use. I am against arguments that I see as working against the need to convince others.

      You were correct to challenge me on proof, though. Here is a quote from about a year ago article in NYTimes on an NIH study:

      The researchers found that for moderate marijuana smokers, an exposure of up to seven “joint years” — with one joint-year equivalent to smoking 365 joints or filled pipes, or an average of one joint a day for seven years — did not worsen pulmonary function. Dr. Kertesz noted that with heavier marijuana use, described as 10 joint-years of exposure or more, lung function did begin to decline.
      The research has not yet figured out whether or not smoking pot on a regular basis harms short term or long term memory of any time outside of being high.

      So, it is less harmful than even I assumed (pot is not my main issue as an activist or progressive). However, that does not change the fact that it is not helpful to say it is never harmful and only beneficial. Instead the better argument is the one from another comment above - that prohibiting everything that can cause someone harm in any way is not a good role for government to be playing.

      If you believe that ALL criticism of Israel is antisemitic, you're an idiot.
      If you believe that NONE of the criticism of Israel is antisemitic, you're a fool.
      If you call EVERYONE who criticizes Israel antisemitic, you're just an a$$hole

      by A Gutin Daf on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:47:52 AM PST

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