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posted by martyb on Saturday October 28 2017, @01:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the next-up?-legalize-pans! dept.

64% of Americans now support the legalization of cannabis, an all-time high since Gallup first asked the question in 1969. Also for the first time, a majority of Republicans (51%) support legalization, up from 42% last year:

As efforts to legalize marijuana at the state level continue to yield successes, public opinion, too, has shifted toward greater support. The Department of Justice under the current Republican administration has been perceived as hostile to state-level legalization. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions could find himself out of step with his own party if the current trends continue. Rank-and-file Republicans' views on the issue have evolved just as Democrats' and independents' have, though Republicans remain least likely to support legalizing pot.

Also at NPR, The Hill, NORML, and Reason.

Related: New Attorney General Claims Legal Weed Drives Violent Crime; Statistics be Damned
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 28 2017, @07:54PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 28 2017, @07:54PM (#588771)

    "Tashkin's study, funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse, involved 1,200 people in Los Angeles who had lung, neck or head cancer and an additional 1,040 people without cancer matched by age, sex and neighborhood."

    so 2240 people is a low sample size? OK

    thanks. I'm not a previous anon. I lurk and I've read SN.

    You are just being rude and obtuse.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday October 28 2017, @08:20PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Saturday October 28 2017, @08:20PM (#588781) Journal

    Marijuana use and cancer incidence (California, United States). [nih.gov] (64,855)
    Marijuana use and risk of lung cancer: a 40-year cohort study. [nih.gov] (49,321, 5,156 used cannabis)

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5072387/ [nih.gov]

    Currently, the evidence regarding an association of cannabis smoking and lung cancer is inconclusive.

    [...] In general, more information is required on cannabis smoking and the lung.

    I will agree that more research is needed and that Dr. Donald Tashkin is not certain if cannabis causes lung cancer or not.

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