Fox News Infected With "Reefer Madness"

Fox News is running an alarmist story today under the outrageous headline, “Marijuana Not Only Gets You High, It Damages Your DNA.”
The ‘news’ story, which several other mainstream media outlets are also promoting, is based on a new British study assessing the effects of, ahem, “calf thymus DNA treated in vitro (in a Petri dish) … with the smoke generated from 1, 5, and 10 cannabis cigarettes.”
Yes, really.
So how did Fox “We report, you decide” News summarize this non-story? Let’s take a look.

What Fox News reported: “Smoking marijuana not only gets you high, but it also alters your DNA.”

What the study actually said: “[T]hese results provide evidence for the DNA damaging potential of cannabis smoke, implying that the consumption of cannabis cigarettes may be detrimental to human health with the possibility to initiate cancer development.”

What Fox News reported: “There have been many studies on the toxicity of tobacco smoke,” researcher Rajinder Singh said in a news release. “Cannabis in contrast has not been so well studied.”

What Fox News didn’t report: From the March 2009 issue of the scientific journal Medicinal Research Reviews, “Research on the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids has reached enormous proportions. … [A]pproximately 15,000 articles on Cannabis sativa L. and cannabinoids and over 2,000 articles on endocannabinoids (are available in the scientific literature).”

What Fox News reported: “Singh said cannabis smoke contains 400 compounds including 60 cannabinoids. It also contains 50 percent more carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including naphthalene, benzanthracene, and benzopyrene, than tobacco smoke, Singh added.”

What Fox News didn’t report: From the November 2007 issue of the scientific journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, “Vaporization of marijuana does not result in exposure to combustion gases, … and [was] preferred by most subjects compared to marijuana cigarettes. … The Volcano [vaporizer] device is an effective and apparently safe vehicle for THC delivery, and warrants further investigation in clinical trials of cannabis for medical purposes.”

What Fox News reported: “‘The smoking of 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,’ the team wrote in the journal.”

Except for the fact that it isn’t. In fact, here’s what Donald Tashkin of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, had to say about the subject earlier this month in an interview with the McClatchy newspaper chain. (**Note: Dr. Tashkin has performed US-government sponsored studies of marijuana and lung function for over 30 years and is considered to be the United States’ — if not the world’s — foremost expert on the subject.)
“What we found instead was no association (between marijuana smoking and cancer) and even a suggestion of some protective (anti-cancer) effect. … Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects. But at this point, I’d be in favor of legalization (of marijuana). I wouldn’t encourage anybody to smoke any substances. But I don’t think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance. Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm.”
Just for the record, in 2006, Tashkin led the largest population case-control study (yes, Dr. Tashkin actually performed research on humans, not ‘calf thymus DNA’) ever to assess the use of marijuana and lung cancer risk. The study, which included more than 2,200 subjects (1,212 cases and 1,040 controls), reported that marijuana smoking was not positively associated with cancers of the lung or upper aerodigestive tracteven among individuals who reported smoking more than 22,000 joints during their lifetime.
Let the folks at Fox put that in their pipe and smoke it.

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  1. And you think this is any different from any other reporting in any other agency? It is clear that Fox was reporting what this study and its authors said. They are guilty of not doing any background reporting to research other sources so they get demerits for shoddy fact checking. The only ‘misrepresentation’ was the initial simplified statement.
    It makes good copy even if it’s nonsense. I wouldn’t be trying to make this an indictment of FOX’s inherent dishonesty. If you did you would be guilty of what you seem to be accusing FOX of.

  2. There is no such thing as a legit mainstream media.
    Fox/CNN/ABC/CBS/MSNBC are all corporate owned and don’t report real news and if they try to they distort the story with lies and deceit.
    Watch Democracy Now for the truth.

  3. just another way to derail people from smoking pot.its one thing after another with these jackasses.PLAIN AND SIMPLE,JACKASSES AMERICANS WILL SMOKE REGARDLESS OF THESE SO CALLED TESTS.THEY HAVE ALOT OF BALLS,WHEN CIGERETTES ARE LEGAL AND WAY WORSE.SORRY BUT WE WILL SMOKE REGARDLESS OF THE TERRIBLE PROPAGANDA

  4. Your article suffers from its own distortions since it claims “what Fox says” when it is actually a single researcher they are interviewing. Face it. If you take any view on a subject you are likely to find ‘Experts’ to back it. Since Fox was reporting on this one view and stated it upfront why get so torqued. Your article is similar to the guy who goes to a republican rally and complains about the lack of democrats in the speaker list. As for pot smoking… after observing the number of smokers who turn into losers over the last forty years I would recommend it only if you want to fail.

  5. OMG The ammount of money spent on the war on drugs . Imagine what our economy would be like with all that money spent here in our country for the good of the people rather than beating us down fineing imprisoning kids for having a joint or papers taking they’re vehicles etc. etc. all the jails prisons would be free of quite a bit of population releasing the casual smokers an sellers . I vote for american cultivation an distribution an sure tax it like cigarettes an alcohol rather than millions of dollars going out of the country to feed the mexican columbian canadian farmers distributors. if everybody bought american products america wouldn’t be in so much trouble. yadda yadda yadda.

  6. I hate the freaking fox news website, because you CAN’T comment on articles, unlike many other sites. They do this because they know they will be inundated with people proving them wrong

  7. republicans suck and thats all fox does is support the the reblican side and besides republicans hate everything plus their racist as hell they dont want to do anything positive that includes the legalisation of marijuana as an expierenced MJ user I LOVE IT! JUST LEGALIZE IT ALREADY !! plus most of the republican party says lies and says most who ar for Marijuana want other drugs to be leagalized WHICH ISNT TRUE!

  8. HEY DAVE HOW ABOUT YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP THERE IS NOTHING WRONG MJ BECAUSE THOSE THING S THAT THEY ARE SAYING SHIT ABOUT WEED ISNT TRUE

  9. You call out Fox as if they are the only network, then say:
    “The ‘news’ story, which several other mainstream media outlets are also promoting,”
    Would you guys please stop bashing Fox. They are not the enemy. I have seen many non-biased pieces on Fox about prohibition of cannabis. More on Fox than any other network.
    If you haven’t already, I believe a more productive approach is to invite yourself (norml) on to provide additional information that was missing or incorrect in the piece.
    There is a good part of even pieces that are not 100% accurate or 100% complete… People are discussing this issue. The more citizens hear about re-legalizing the more will actually take a minute and consider the pro/con.

  10. Dave:Save your breath you have no idea what u are talking about 40 years of losers go fuck yourself.I am a very successful pot smoker with 2 BA’s and one masters in education.Im only 25 years old and pot has not effected my drive or my mind in anyway.You just sound like a dumb ass who would watch fox news.

  11. my pulmonary doc told me that if I was going to use pot that the Volcano was the way to go…it’s made a huge difference in my breathing…and eating it can actually help with asthma (so my doc told me)…and, come on, in 1972 we thought it surely would have been legal by now

  12. hell ya number 72. Thomas you are right. my wife has bad asthma and if she is even around cig smoke her lungs lock up. But she can smoke the fattest blunt ever and not need an inhaler.

  13. Just as many Republicans use pot as Democrats.
    They’re just the one’s you don’t hear about…and
    …they protect that anonymity with the rest of their deep secrets, and dark closets. The good news is that are still one of us…”one people.” If the prohibitionists are all about religion…let them refer to…
    Genesis I:11*12
    Genesis I:29*30*31
    Genesis IX:3…
    unless they use the new revised “fruits and vegetable” version…the one where they changed “green herb” to “fruits and vegetables.” I wonder what else they have changed…at least God’s gift to his creation…Manna
    …Holy Sacrament for CDXX Communion. It’s rather obvious, they take issue with God’s word.

  14. They have to be full of crap saying that weed is worse than cigarettes. I smoked cigarettes for 17 years. At the end, I smoked 2 – 2 1/2 packs a day. My husband smoked around the same amount and was a smoker for 20 years. We both quit 2 years ago, cold turkey… well almost =)
    We smoked a joint every time we had a craving for a cigarette for the first 2 weeks. I am not saying it took all the cravings away, not even close. It did certainly take the edge off though, just enough that we haven’t touched one since we quit. After the first 2 weeks, we gradually lowered our usage to a more reasonable amount. We do still both smoke 2-3 joints a day.
    I use because it helps the various elements of my lupus, and because I enjoy it. It helps his back pain as well.
    When I smoked cigarettes, every morning when I would wake up and brush my teeth I would have to stand there and cough up that yellow nasty stuff you cough up from the cigs… so did hubby. That has all stopped after getting off the cigarettes.
    If pot is so much worse, as this article says why don’t I cough that crap up all the time anymore? I say they are misinformed. There is no way marijuana can be as bad, let alone worse.

  15. Fox News does this all the time. They are the the “What you don’t know may kill you” station. It’s the tabloid of television “journalism”. Their ratings continue to drop as the country becomes more liberal so they have to rely on scare tactics more and more.

  16. Too much misinformation being sent out to brainwash citizens….lets keep on fighting for complete decriminalization!

  17. I smoke weed every day, and I can tell you this article is bias and misleading. Smoking weed DOES GIVE YOU CANCER. Any smoke from biomass releases cancer causing carcinogens called PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon). Saying smoking weed can not give you cancer is a painful lie.
    3 things
    smoking weed CAN give you cancer
    buy a vape
    legalize it
    Fox news is bias, but honestly so is NORML and this article is testament to that. Don’t take all things NORML says for fact, it’s really distorted, do some research yourself.
    [Editor’s note: NORML’s blog post criticizing Fox News’ coverage of cannabis-related issues did NOT claim that cannabis use can never cause cancer cells. What the blog demonstrates, via citations, that the current scientific literature does not support such a claim at this time. Regarding vaporization, NORML, CA NORML and MAPS are at the vanguard here, when in 2001, they paid for and published most of the literature in existence on the subject, indicative of the reform organizations’ desire to publish verifiable and credible scientific/medical information that is directed towards the cannabis-consuming community.
    Your opinion, with no citations, that ‘smoking weed CAN give you cancer’, is just that, your individual opinion. The public is invited to cite scientific studies (with peer reviewed studies always preferred) on NORML’s blogs at anytime re the health effects of cannabis, notably regarding cancer.
    You can read that original vaporization research at http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4250%5D

  18. No.. it is not my opinion… it is a fact
    Does marijuana have tar?
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080512231337AAKlgXX
    (Multiple sources cited – concluding yes it does have tar and 150% as many carcinogens as tobacco)
    Does burning tar release PAHs?
    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts69.html#bookmark02
    Therefor can smoking weed give you cancer?
    Yes.
    Is that just my opinion?
    No.
    [Editor’s note: Thanks for your selective citations…which still do not support your claim. FYI…tar does not equate to cancer. Did you take the time to read the most recent expert opinion on ‘tar’ and cannabis smoke? A genuine medical expert’s opinion, who is funded by a govt anti-drug agency, re your claims are found at: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6912%5D

  19. Like I needed another reason to despise FOX News.
    Clearly inhaling smoke can be detrimental to health. No filters would make it worse. Use a vaporizer, or use a bowl. Surely the liberty of choice we can live by, or die by.
    P.S. It’s amazing how CNN can go all week with a VERY fair report, and FOX pulls this sensationalized obscure study out.

  20. #115 elena Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    my pulmonary doc told me that if I was going to use pot that the Volcano was the way to go…it’s made a huge difference in my breathing…and eating it can actually help with asthma (so my doc told me)…and, come on, in 1972 we thought it surely would have been legal by now…
    RE:
    All the more reason to strongly PUBLICIZE
    the inherent safety of VAPORIZERS…
    NO TAR, nor carbon-monoxide…
    no smoke-borne hypoxia!!!
    Bongs are bogus…
    VAPING is THE WAY!!!

    Also, still use tobacco,
    yet prefer not to smoke it;
    VAPE tastes much better,
    and is far SAFER!!!

  21. WARNING: New study finds Fox News damages your DNA !
    All seriousness, probably over half the things sold in a grocery store can damage your DNA and alot of them are sold as food. From all the artifical petro chemical flavors, colors, preservatives, additives. Over half of all processed food is genetically modified food, all of which we know causes cancer long term. It is true that one of the most important decisions humans can make in their life is what they decide to put into their bodies. Thats why natural, organic, non-GMO is my motto to live my. Be healthy yall. The only thing missing is having the decision to smoke only organic, like I would if it were legal !

  22. bromontana:
    AC360 is doing an awesome job this week with the marijuana journalism. Actually, the idea with true journalism is that you DO present both sides of an issue. But with AC, read between the lines and look at the journalism as a whole. AC presents the prohibitionist side, but he does an excellent job of presenting it to look a little stupid and uninformed. Or wait, maybe it’s because there’s no good argument for keeping pot illegal.

  23. These self rightous, well wishing fucks like the phoney Fox News would like to abolish human pleasure and laughter in on this planet…
    This is the station and people that were so eager to sell us all on Bush’s BULLSHIT war on “weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” and all the other treasonous shit from Bush and company..
    What also reall pissed me off is how they silenced and fired two honest, good people for trying to expose the CANCER risks of GENETICALLY modified cows milk…Monsanto threatened Rupert Murdock with pulling millions $$$ in AD Campaign finance so what did FOX NEWS do??? They brought in the corporate attorneys and totally re-drafted the true story and threatened to fire these fine reporters…Well, these reporters refused but kept the evidence, irrefutable evidence that they were bribed and threatened to lie and change their story about the cancerous milk from MONSANTO’S chemicalized cattle hormone, genetically modified feed the cattle shit to produce more milk {and painful for the cow}
    It all went to court as A whistleblower case but of course so many of the judges are stooges for the corporations and these heroic people lost…Monsanto’s poison milk hit the shelves and they even had A law put into effect that no-one could advertise their milk as non G.M.
    Now FOX news is saying that pot is cancerous..These crooked bastards need to be removed from the gene pool….

  24. Really, do we need to argue this point about how biased Faux News or NORML is? Get a grip. We are adults and make our own decisions. If I choose to smoke, cool. If I choose to pickle my liver, cool. If I choose to use technology, cool. As for the “medical” or “governmental” experts, who cares? I am an expert at what is best for me.

  25. http://www.nacd.ie/publications/33467NACDCannabis.pdf
    Page 23 – Smoking cannabis results in the formation of a large number of combustion products. The vapour
    phase consists of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide and nitrosamines, and the
    particulate phase contains many known cancer-causing agents including phenols, cresols and
    polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
    [Editor’s note: Citing a 2004 UK report, funded by a prohibition-favoring govt re PAHs, does not make the case that cannabis causes cancer.
    Instead, maybe the below NORML article featuring the remarks and observations of a 40-year researcher of cannabis, smoke and cancer is more informative to cannabis consumers and the general public.
    >What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect,” Tashkin told the newspaper chain, noting that cannabinoids cause “cells [to] die … before they age enough to develop mutations that might lead to cancer.”
    June 18, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Los Angeles, CA: A University of California researcher who has performed US-government sponsored studies of marijuana and lung function for over 30 years says that pot should be legal.
    In an interview with the McClatchy newspaper chain, Donald Tashkin of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, said: “[A]t this point, I’d be in favor of (marijuana) legalization. I wouldn’t encourage anybody to smoke any substances. But I don’t think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance. Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm (than marijuana).”
    Tashkin said that when he began his work thirty years ago, he “opposed … legalization because [he] thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects.” However, he now admits that his decades’ worth of scientific research revealed an opposite conclusion.
    In 2006, Tashkin led the largest population case-control study ever to assess the use of marijuana and lung cancer risk. The study, which included more than 2,200 subjects (1,212 cases and 1,040 controls), reported that marijuana smoking was not positively associated with cancers of the lung or upper aerodigestive tract – even among individuals who reported smoking more than 22,000 joints during their lifetime.
    “What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect,” Tashkin told the newspaper chain, noting that cannabinoids cause “cells [to] die … before they age enough to develop mutations that might lead to cancer.”
    For more information on marijuana smoke and cancer risk, please see: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6891. A literature review of cannabinoids’ anti-cancer properties is available at: http://www.norml.org//index.cfm?Group_ID=7008.%5D

  26. This is the type of article and information that needs to be seen on other sites and press than NORML.
    My experience is that people will blow off talking about or reading a study on drugs or an editorial on personal freedoms with an attitude that implies, “If you’re talking about drugs then you’re probably high right now and I can’t trust you!”
    My only other idea is to battle the negative stereotypes associated with marijuana and other drug use so that people might then listen to what we have to say. I don’t really know how this would go down because I’m sure most of the successful, intelligent poster-boy users wouldn’t want to announce that they do because of these very stereotypes being trust upon them (and legal implications of course).
    People balk at racial stereotypes nowadays, but still seem to easily slip into viewing drug users as dumb, lazy, and untrustworthy. Try to apply that stereotype to any other group of people nowadays, and people will not tag along with the notion so easily.

  27. All that I want is to be left alone. I wear pro med. and legelize shirts all the time. I live in Mn. and disgusted at Gov. Pawlenty, who by the way says now that he will not run again.So untill next year when I become politicly active I will just watch the sea of green across America grow like a tidal wave. Stop probition NOW.

  28. 123 Intellectual Stoner…there’s a lot of verbiage going on…but…your 16 words hit the whole deal right on the head. Every single one of us should get on the band wagon, and push it with the same intensity we did in 1996.
    1. Data Quality Act.
    2. President’s Memo to Executive Department Heads and Agencies.
    These two…alone will cause more awareness and correct any misinformation than anything we could do…if we can get the misinformers to obey the law.

  29. weed forums are awesome. its always endless self-rationalizations masked by some external variable/story. its total Cargo Cultist mentality and a redundant joke.
    the irony is that in order to have a “cancer-free” THC high, you need a cancerous industrial system to get it. as long as its someone else getting the cancer, who gives a fuck right? its all about autonomy when it comes to recreational drugs – except when its about taking someone elses autonomy to run the Childish-Adult Fantasy of civilization. everything comes from nowhere so theres no impact elsewhere. good logic.

  30. …sigh…Johnny D…please stop.
    NORML has shut you down 3 times now.
    But then again, #132 makes a great fundamental point, even if I dont agree with his conclusion of NORML falling under the same blame as FOX.
    All this comes down to is the freedoms we are supposed to be born under in this country are only granted to those with the money to say what is freedom and what isn’t.
    Say MJ is legalized TODAY- 20 years from now, im sure there will be the mention of “Big MJ” right along side of “Big Tobacco” and “Big Pharma”.
    Except I have the choice to support “Big Tobacco” and “Big Pharma”…
    …I would gladly support “Big MJ”.

  31. California just officially declared marijuana as a cancer causing substance. They said they based their classification on 30 studies and the fact that marijuana smoke contains several of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke. In fact that is an old argument and clearly they have ignored the research of one of their own scientists (Tashkin). I hope NORML responds swiftly to California’s decision.

  32. and speaking of studies- Would you rather trust a surgeon with only a few years under his belt in all types of operations (and with a history of supporting his paycheck rather than his patient) to give you specialized advice?
    Or would you rather go to the surgeon that has spent decades on the one field that affects you most?
    I have been in that position before-
    With my degenerative disk disease and arthritis of the spine at 23, my only options right now are fusion or pain management. I have seen three specialists about these options.
    2 Private doctors have told me they will not do a fusion at this time because it will essentially ruin my life (because I would have to continue disk fusion over time, potentially fusing my entire spine by the age of 35)
    the 3rd private doctor spent 6 minutes (at my first appointment) and concluded that not only would he do the fusion, he could do it in a month.
    ..I never went to that doctor again.
    Oh, and since my injuries occured during my military service, Im under VA healthcare (100%).
    All three doctors had the same opportunity to rape the system for monetary gain.
    Only one tried to do so.
    So dont tell me that NORML (who OBVIOUSLY is only in this for themselves *sarcasm*) is twisting the truth for their own gain- did you forget? Once MJ is legal, they are out of a job.
    You’re right- they’re all in the same boat.

  33. Why can they report such inaccuracies without being sued? If I put on the air that cigarettes make you look cool, I would be prosecuted so fast I couldn’t even pee my pants first.

  34. #129 Da Vinci Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    WARNING: New study finds Fox News damages your DNA !
    All seriousness, probably over half the things sold in a grocery store can damage your DNA and alot of them are sold as food. From all the artifical petro chemical flavors, colors, preservatives, additives. Over half of all processed food is genetically modified food, all of which we know causes cancer long term. It is true that one of the most important decisions humans can make in their life is what they decide to put into their bodies. Thats why natural, organic, non-GMO is my motto to live my. Be healthy yall. The only thing missing is having the decision to smoke only organic, like I would if it were legal !
    RE:
    American Spirit Organic Cannabis?
    So be it!!!
    8)

  35. Fox fails in my opinion anyway.
    It is quite sad though… I’m sure a majority of Americans get their information from this news network, and I’m sure some believe it… these being the same people who tell you not to believe everything you read on the internet.
    There can only be one truth, and I believe experience (not just my experience, but the experience of anyone who has tried Cannabis) merits more attention than the same people who are responsible for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtcPEFgwAHk
    Haha…

  36. With respect to the original research article in the publication “Chemical Research in Toxicology” (not the Fox interpretation) the data indicates similar levels of acetaldehyde for tobacco or cannabis cigarettes. Ten tobacco cigarettes yielded similar results to ten cannabis cigarettes.
    The analytical method they used failed to detect differences in levels of acetaldehyde in lung tissue from smokers and nonsmokers.
    Per the article, acetaldehyde is present in a number of food products indluding fruits, vegetables and cooked meats.
    The statement that “smoking 3 or 4 cannabis joints a day is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes” does not come from the data discussed in the article, but from yet another article from “Br. J. Psychiatry” by Ashton (2001), and is in the conclusion of the article in question.
    The conclusion in the Singh et al article was based on conclusions from other articles not from their own data. That their conclusions were not based on their original data as described in the article calls into question the methodology used and the integrity of the scientific process.
    These people need to be challenged when they write misleading articles in the name of science. The political agenda that informs their “science” is painfully obvious and could serve as yet another rationalization to criminalize good people.

  37. does anyone also think about how much of the CO2 in the atmosphere would be taken out if marijuana were legalized? Trees are being chopped down to make farmland, why not farm something that takes alot of CO2 and help the global warming problem as well. Marijuana legalization has almost no cons but plenty of pros. Plus people are always going to get high, its just about how much crap is society and the government going to give these people

  38. #145 Carol Says:
    June 21st, 2009 at 9:09 am
    With respect to the original research article in the publication “Chemical Research in Toxicology” (not the Fox interpretation) the data indicates similar levels of acetaldehyde for tobacco or cannabis cigarettes. Ten tobacco cigarettes yielded similar results to ten cannabis cigarettes.
    The analytical method they used failed to detect differences in levels of acetaldehyde in lung tissue from smokers and nonsmokers.
    Per the article, acetaldehyde is present in a number of food products indluding fruits, vegetables and cooked meats…
    RE: Carol,
    – Acetylaldehyde is also an
    intermediate-product of alcohol-metabolism
    via
    Alcohol DeHydrogenase:

    ETHANOL metabolized into ACETYLALDEHYDE
    ACETYLALDEHYDE metabolized in ACETIC-ACID
    ACETIC-ACID metabolized into ACETYL-CoEnzymeA
    ACETYL-CoEnzymeA metabolized, (for energy),
    via CITRIC-ACID CYCLE into CARBON DIOXIDE…

  39. #146 me Says:
    June 21st, 2009 at 2:24 pm
    does anyone also think about how much of the CO2 in the atmosphere would be taken out if marijuana were legalized? Trees are being chopped down to make farmland, why not farm something that takes alot of CO2 and help the global warming problem as well. Marijuana legalization has almost no cons but plenty of pros. Plus people are always going to get high, its just about how much crap is society and the government going to give these people.
    RE:
    – I don’t have any exact numbers, however,
    considering how OILY cannabis-plants are,
    their high SOLAR-ILLUMINATION-REQUIREMENTS…
    – My best guess is that cannabis-plants would be removing
    signifcant-amounts of CO2 from the earth’s atmosphere,
    as it’s converting sunlight into oily-seeds, cellulose-fiber
    and various cannabinoid-molecules, structures
    comprised of, (at least) 20 carbon-atoms each.

  40. I dont give any value to these articles. Its total BS. If you show me a LOT of people that only smoke pot at get lung cancer, then ill take it into consideration. But seriously this article is just made to scare people and so some big wig has some article to cite when he is trying to prove a completely illegitimate point. For me, I dont care if its legalized or not. Being able to smoke in public would be cool definatly. But Id still buy from my dealer. It would be so expensive.

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