Pubdate: Mon, 26 Nov 2007
Source: Press, The (York, UK)
Copyright: 2007 Newsquest Media Group
Author: Howard J Wooldridge


AS A retired police detective, I am not qualified to address if
cannabis smoking causes lung cancer.

However, doctors at the University of California in Los Angeles
working under a federal grant, examined people who have smoked every
day for 30 and 40 years. They discovered that these massive smokers of
cannabis have the same lung cancer rates as non-smokers.

The analysis was that cannabis also contains something which acts to
protect the lungs from lung cancer. Nice try, Aled Jones, to demonise
cannabis, but that dog won't hunt.

Cannabis is a bad choice; it is a mind-altering and addictive drug,
but its proven drawbacks are a puppy compared with the use of alcohol.

Howard J Wooldridge, Araby Church Road, Frederick, Maryland, USA.