Day: April 24, 2014

Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens: Feds Should Legalize Marijuana

In an interview with NPR released today, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens came out in support for marijuana legalization. When asked if he believed the federal government should legalize marijuana, the 94 year old former Justice replied: “Yes, I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that’s] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction. Alcohol, the prohibition against selling and dispensing alcoholic beverages has I think been generally, there’s a general consensus that it was […]

New Study Tells Nothing About Marijuana’s Role in Heart Disease

A new study on marijuana appeared in Journal of the American Heart Association. These are interesting data, but we have to interpret them very carefully. Sure, we know cannabis can raise heart rate briefly, but most users develop tolerance to the effect. We’ve also seen (in a much larger sample) that it doesn’t increase mortality rates even among survivors of heart attacks. But the new study made the news anyway. Investigators specifically searched a French database where physicians are legally bound to report any drug-related case that they view as […]