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Now, before the Pro Pot Propaganda Pushers here start calling me a fascist, let me point out where my criticism is. This is about how samzenpus failed to even approach a useful summary of the article that the summary linked to - which I will point out is freely available to everyone. In particular, because failure machine couldn't be bothered to read the article, he missed:
Nevertheless, as previously stressed, our findings should not be interpreted that moderate alcohol consumption poses a higher risk to an individual and their close contacts than regular heroin use14. Much of the harm from drug use is not inherently related to consumption, but is heavily influenced by the environmental conditions of the drug use2, and this additional hazard is not included in a drug ranking based on (animal) toxicology.
The first major problem of the approach is the lack of toxicological dose-response data for all compounds except alcohol and tobacco. No human dose-response data are available; also no dose-response data in animals, only LD50 values are published. Furthermore, no chronic-toxicity data (long-term experiments) are available, which are usually used for such kinds of risk assessment. Therefore, we can assess only in regards to mortality but not carcinogenicity or other long-term effects. The absence of such data is specifically relevant for compounds with low acute toxicity (such as cannabis), the risk of which may therefore be underestimated.
In other words, the study was looking to see how much of a substance was required to kill you immediately. They mentioned very few substances have known limits for that. They also went on to mention that cannabis in particular is not studied much from a toxicology standpoint when compared to other drugs:
The second major problem is the uncertainty in data about individual and population-wide exposure due to the illegal markets. There is a scarcity of epidemiological studies of cannabis use by comparison with epidemiological studies of alcohol and tobacco use
Indeed, I agree with their closing remark:
Currently, the MOE results point to risk management prioritization towards alcohol and tobacco rather than illicit drugs. The high MOE values of cannabis, which are in a low-risk range, suggest a strict legal regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach.
Not that the propagandists here on slashdot would bother to read that far.
In that vein, I share that I wrote a comment in a conservative JE discussion . In it, I was so bold as to read sources, cite sources, and do other such terrible things.
Clearly, this is flamebait and deserves to be moderated thusly. It would be terrible if anyone were to read it. I've heard there are times when upwards of 8 people read a single JE before it is automatically closed for discussion.
That might be one of the most interesting fact-free statements I've heard in some time - which is saying a lot considering how many such fact-free statements I've seen in recent discussions here on drudgedot.
Thanks, friend! That really made this Monday more tolerable.
I could fire up the slashdot bastard quotient script for this one, but I'm not that concerned.
Drobik says the case has been sent to Albuquerque District Attorneyâ(TM)s Office, which will determine whether the parents will be charged with criminal negligence
Which mens this will likely be pushed under the rug. There was also a two-year-old in the room who was fortunately not injured.
Yeah, they got me this time. It won't happen again.
The same old song, with the million-dollar sound, ba-ba-ba, ba-ba-ba-ba-bah!
Pop quiz - can you name a democrat who is not from Iowa who has spent more time in Iowa in 2015 than Scott Walker? Yeah, neither can anyone else.
I'm particularly looking forward to him selling himself as an outsider in light of the plain fact that
he has been in office for more than 75 percent of his adult life
Although since nobody seems to be bothered by the fact that his budgets have led to the opposite of their promises in almost every single case, they probably won't be bothered by this either.