Posts Tagged ‘Ted Kanavas’

No Cannibis for Kanavas

December 14, 2009

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.

Democrats are OK

July 2, 2009

At first I thought that this press release was just a pathetic attempt for Mike Tate, the new chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and the youngest party chair in the country,to market Wisconsin politics as the next great reality tv show:

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate today released the following statement in response to reports that Senator Ted Kanavas’ may soon move to Texas.

“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

However, after reading Kanavas’ op-ed, in which he claims that Texas is an economic paradise, it’s very clear that he was asking for it. Please Ted, move to Texas – better yet, move to Mississippi.