$$$ $aved When Marijuana Legalized Claims Mint.Com
Mint.com, the popular online money site chose today, 4/20, to unroll its figures on how marijuana legalization would parse out financially for California.
What the study doesn’t take into account is that the amount brought in from taxation would surely be impacted by dropping prices. However, to counterbalance that concern is the fact that apparently the site counts marijuana as a contributor to lung cancer when, in fact, use of cannabis may provide a slight protective effect. The May 26th, 2006 issue of the Washington Post states:
The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.
The new findings “were against our expectations,” said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.
“We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,” he said. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”
Thanks to Jen Savage for pointing out the link.