On 04 Dec 2012, at 14:43, Telmo Menezes wrote:


Dear Bruno,

   FYI: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080602160845.htm

15 people is not a serious sample, and then, to make it illegal you have to compare with the long-term effect of other activities (alcohol, breathing air in cities, tobacco, chocolate, aspirin, etc.)

To get the stat meaningful you have to study large population of cannabis smokers. And that has been done, and the effect are more positive than negative, unless cannabis is consumed with alcohol or tobacco.

Also the study deals with heavy cannabis users ("Fifteen carefully selected long-term (>10 years) and heavy (>5 joints daily) cannabis- using men"). It is extremely common for the response to drugs to be positive up to a certain dose and become negative after a threshold. This is even true of many nutritional building blocks. One could probably draw similar conclusions if "heavy vitamin D users" were studied.

Epidemiological studies are the lowest form of science. Sometimes they are the best we can do, but drawing generic conclusions about the effects of a drug from an epidemiological study with population sizes of 15 and with extreme dosages is a bit crazy.

Especially that he quickly talk about the "legality" concerns which betrays the bias, and that concerns is ridiculous if the cannabis problem compared to the problem raised the abuse of *many* possible legal product.

Drinking everyday too much water can kill (2000 people in America every year, I read, notably because children replace alcohol by water for their "initiation parties"!).

Drugs does not exist. There are products which have different and variate form of dangerousness. The very idea of making something illegal because it is dangerous is a non sense. Why not make alpinism illegal, and car driving, and guns, and matches? It is a spreading- irresponsibility irresponsible thing to do invent.

Prohibition is a state drug dealer strategy. It makes both the legal drugs suspects, and the illegal drugs out of control.

Bruno




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