No Cannibis for Kanavas


If 21 year old student journalist can be so misinformed on the issue of marijuana, it stands to reason that a middle-aged Republican politician would be even more so.

“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.

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4 Responses to “No Cannibis for Kanavas”

  1. Eric Schmidt Says:

    You know, with a little more time on my hands, I could write a tremendous limerick on this subject involving the word “Kanavas” and a certain synonym for marijuana.

  2. Jack Says:


  3. Jim Arndt Says:

    “Unlike taking a pill or other prescribed medication, the dosage cannot be controlled when a patient smokes marijuana.”

    Really? So a person couldn’t take two hits, or three hits? Or four? It seems to me the dosage is controlled far easier by smoking, as opposed to say, a pill. Also, the effects are felt more rapidly, which is a good thing. A person would know when their symptoms are relieved almost immediately, instead of waiting, possibly taking additional and unnecessary pills.

    Also, that editorial just makes me sad. The author sounds, for lack of a better word, lame. Enjoy college a little… Not to mention she is in favor of the government telling people how to behave. “But it would make the country better…” Right.

  4. If Republicans Really Want the Government out of Health Care They Should Support Medical Marijuana « Pretty Important Politics Says:

    […] science doesn’t add up.” Kanavas says, making a statement of dubious legitimacy equating the health effects of five joints a week with a pack of cigarettes a […]

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