No To Tobacco But Yes To Marijuana?

In National News on March 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

The state of California is a leader in tobacco control but is now looking into legalizing marijuana. This seems like a double standard since the CDC has found numerous negative health effect associated with marijuana use, some similar to the negative effects of tobacco use.

Among the known or suspected chronic effects of marijuana are:

  • short-term memory impairment and slowness of learning.
  • impaired lung function similar to that found in cigarette smokers. Indications are that more serious effects, such as cancer and other lung disease, follow extended use.
  • decreased sperm count and sperm motility.
  • interference with ovulation and pre-natal development.
  • impaired immune response.
  • possible adverse effects on heart function.
  • by-products of marijuana remaining in body fat for several weeks, with unknown consequences. The storage of these by-products increases the possiblilties for chronic, as well as residual, effects on performance, even after the acute reaction to the drug has worn off. Of special concern are the long-term developmental effects in children and adolescents

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