Tobacco Kills; Pot Doesn't

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 10, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Reefer Madness: Seeds vs. Suds” [News, Sept. 11]: Your review was misinformed on one point: Smoking tobacco kills, but smoking pot, according to Dr. Donald Tashkin, the nation's top research scientist on this subject, "seems to have a preventive effect" on lung cancer.
    This is consistent with a host of new studies demonstrating that cannabinoids, the active ingredients in marijuana, inhibit tumor growth.
    Our government has known this since 1974 but has ignored the evidence. We shouldn't.
Paul Kuhn
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