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Marijuana Legalization Move Begins (Again) in California

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The Marijuana Policy Project, a national advocacy group, took the first formal steps Wednesday toward a 2016 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in California.

The group officially filed papers with the secretary of state to register a new committee, the Marijuana Policy Project of California. The registration allows the committee to start soliciting and spending funds.

Ballot language will not be drafted until early 2015, but the goal is to regulate pot in a similar way to alcohol, the group says. Continue reading

UCSF Study: Smoking Marijuana (Occasionally) Isn’t Bad For Lungs

Occasional marijuana use isn't bad for the lungs, according to a UCSF study. (Chuck Grimmett: Flickr)

Occasional marijuana use isn't bad for the lungs, according to a UCSF study. (Chuck Grimmett: Flickr)

Smoking an occasional marijuana joint isn’t bad for your lungs. In fact, lighting up once in a while may increase lung function, according to researchers at University of California, San Francisco.

The UCSF study, released today, looked at the pulmonary functions of 5,000 men and women over a 20 year period. It found that those who smoked marijuana for up to seven “joint-years” had a slight increase in lung capacity. What the heck is a “joint-year”? It’s defined as an average of one joint a day for seven years, or about one a week for 49 years.

But that doesn’t mean that marijuana smokers have the lung capacity of “The Thing” in Fantasic Four. The change in lung capacity doesn’t have much of a functional impact, according lead author and UCSF professor Mark Pletcher. “The amount of lung volume that is extra in marijuana smokers at that level versus non-marijuana smokers is very small.”

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