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The More You Know About Pot...

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...the less you like it.

Last week it was the damage pot causes to brain development.  Today we learn of hazards to the heart as well:

In the United States, when young and otherwise healthy patients show up in emergency departments with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, cardiomyopathy and cardiac arrhythmia, physicians have frequently noted in case reports that these unusual patients are regular marijuana users.

Such reporting is hardly the basis for declaring marijuana use an outright cause of cardiovascular disease. But on Wednesday, cardiologists writing in the Journal of the American Heart Assn. warned that "clinical evidence ... suggests the potential for serious cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use." And with a growing movement to decriminalize marijuana use, they called for data-collection efforts capable of detecting and measuring marijuana's cardiovascular impact among American users of cannibis setiva.

"There is now compelling evidence on the growing risk of marijuana-associated adverse cardiovascular effects, especially in young people," said Emilie Jouanjus, lead author of the French study...

For years, pot legalizers loudly insisted that we should ignore all those Puritans and listen to scientists.  I'm having more and more trouble hearing that insistence today.

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Bo knows...

| Marijuana-Impaired Driving a Growing Threat |
Weed-Involved Auto Fatalities Triple in 10 Years
By Buddy T / February 06, 2014/ About.com

[A study conducted by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health]
found that alcohol involvement in deadly auto crashes remained stable
from 1999 to 2010.

Drug involvement in fatal crashes, however, increased
from 16.6% in 1999
to 28.3% in 2010.

Rates of marijuana involvement in fatal crashes during the same time period went
from 4.2%
to 12.2%.
The researchers believe the decriminalization of marijuana use, for medical
and recreational purposes, is a significant contributor to the increase in driving deaths involving marijuana.
"The marked increase in its prevalence as reported in the present study is likely germane to the growing decriminalization of marijuana," said lead author
Joanne Brady.
Another study found that smoking marijuana doubles the risk
of having an auto crash.

...Tebow, that is

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