“The biggest problem I have about this bill is … the science doesn’t add up,” Kanavas, R-Brookfield, said on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha.”
He noted smoking five joints a week has roughly the same harmful health effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Unlike taking a pill or other prescribed medication, the dosage cannot be controlled when a patient smokes marijuana.
I do not doubt that inhaling smoke – of any kind – is harmful to the human respiratory system. However, one of the first comprehensive studies of marijuana in 2006 found no link between pot smoking and cancer, and Harvard researchers say that cannibis may actually inhibit the growth of the same cancers that nicotine preserves and helps grow.
Furthermore, the only study that has alleged a link between marijuana smoking and lung cancer suggests that 3-4 joints a day is the equivalent of 20 cigarettes, not 5 joints a week = 20 cigarettes a day. Where Kanavas got this information would be highly interesting.
But what is interesting is that Kanavas can get away from this misinformation (again, if somebody can find a reliable study, I will retract the use of that term) because people accept the idea that illegal drugs are more dangerous than legal ones. He wildly exaggerated the numbers, but it doesn’t seem too incredible to the average person, so it passes.