The job of a Journalist is to first and foremost, tell the truth. If you are writing something controversial, you owe it to your readers/viewers to thoroughly investigate your sources. If the truth can not be determined, you either don’t write the piece or at least state that no conclusions about the topic can be made.

An article appeared in the “Indianapolis Star” newspaper recently, claiming once again that Marijuana smoke is worse than tobacco. The writer, Andrea Neal, obviously has not done her research.

The article appears here: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130604/OPINION/306040040/Despite-propaganda-marijuana-smoke-even-worse-than-tobacco

This is my response:

This article is fraught with outright lies and has no redeeming value what so ever. Dr. Donald Tashkin, one of the world’s leading pulmonary researchers has called for the relegalization of Marijuana. Why? “”Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects,” Tashkin says. “But at this point, I’d be in favor of legalization. I wouldn’t encourage anybody to smoke any substances. But I don’t think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance. Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm.” [McClatchy] http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=957583&lang=eng_news&cate_img=316.jpg&cate_rss=news_Health (And others).

For those adverse to smoke, eating Cannabis in foods, drinking in an oil or tincture, or vaporizing will deliver medicine. Tashkin’s studies of 30 areas of the lung showed Marijuana was beneficial in 29 of them, with some irritation of the main passageway, though less than tobacco.

There is ample evidence that Marijuana, specifically a Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO), also known as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) cures cancer by causing cell apoptosis. Now, would you like to tell me how something can cause something it cures?

Comparing Marijuana to tobacco or alcohol is classic “Apples-oranges.” They are different substances. The psychoactive effects of Marijuana are completely different from those of alcohol. Marijuana is a psychoactive. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant.

Even rudimentary research would have pointed out these facts, and completely refuted what you present as “Truth.”

Even were Marijuana not healthy, do you think it is prudent for Indiana to spend roughly $150 Million dollars each and every year locking up pot smokers…especially when 56% of Hoosiers want Marijuana law reform? Fortunately, Marijuana is not harmful to anyone, which makes the laws that much more onerous.

Ms. Neal, you have become the propagandist.

Neal Smith,
Chairman,
The Indiana Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.