Donald Tashkin is a University of California researcher who has performed government funded research on marijuana and it’s effects on lungs for over 30 years. It took him 30 years of research to figure out what you and I already knew, weed being illegal is ridiculous.
In an interview with the McClatchy newspaper chain, Donald Tashkin of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, said: “[A]t this point, I’d be in favor of (marijuana) 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 (than marijuana).”
Tashkin said that when he began his work thirty years ago, he “opposed … legalization because [he] thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects.” However, he now admits that his decades’ worth of scientific research revealed an opposite conclusion.
I’m glad that he admitted that he was originally wrong. It takes a big man to do that. So the people want marijuana legal, researchers do, and so do some politicians. What are we waiting for??
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