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A US government-funded study has found smoking marijuana regularly for up to seven years does not impair lung function. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine monitored the lung function of over 5,000 young men and women over 20 years between 1985 and 2006, and found that smoking pot for seven ‘joint years’ – which means 365 joints a year – does not alter lung function. However, experts say this will probably not push forward the legalization of medical marijuana, as the drug poses other health risks.
Sources: New York Times, CBS, LA Times, AFP
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The DEA recently decided to keep marijuana a schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no medical benefits. This is clearly false. Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick), John Iadarola (ThinkTank), and Jimmy Dore, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most-dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses.
The decision to expand research into marijuana’s medical potential could pave the way for the drug to be moved to a lesser category. Heroin, peyote and marijuana, among others, are considered Schedule I drugs because they have no medical application; cocaine and opiates, for example, have medical uses and, while still illegal for recreational use, are designated Schedule II drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said the agency’s decision came after a lengthy review and consultation with the Health and Human Services Department, which said marijuana “has a high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use.” The decision means that pot will remain illegal for any purpose under federal law, despite laws in 25 states and District of Columbia that have legalized pot for either medicinal or recreational use.
Advocates have long pushed for the federal government to follow suit.”*
Read more here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-us-prohibition-medical-marijuana-20160810-story.html
Hosts: Ben Mankiewicz, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore
Cast: Ben Mankiewicz, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore
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