Immediately following Uruguay’s legalization of cannabis, the International Narcotics Control Board and its president, Raymond Yans, issued this press release.
It’s full of really outrageous statements, and much of it is being picked up in media outlets all over the place, such as this article in U.S. News.
Let’s just look at one statement:
“Smoking cannabis is more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco.”
You can’t get any more blatant of a lie.
Lots of prohibitionists like to bring up carcinogens in cannabis, as a way of inferring a cancer risk without actually saying it. Still a lie because it’s intentional deception, but they seem to think that they can get away with it on technical points.
However, in this instance, the INCB is actually blatantly saying that smoking cannabis is more cancer-causing than smoking tobacco. There’s no study anywhere that supports that.
Still waiting for a media outlet to point that out in their coverage.