Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cannabis Cancer Risk high, Vending machines offer wacky weed

Two stories I noticed today from the world of the news is that 1) In California you can now obtain your medicinal marijuana from a vending machine. See the article here from USA Today from the article here are the guidelines:

This is how the AVMs — Anytime Vending Machines — work:

• Customers bring their prescriptions for approval at the AVMs, housed in enclosed room guarded 24/7.
• They are fingerprinted and photographed.
• They receive a pre-paid credit carded loaded with their individual profiles.
• They choose their dosage (3.5 grams or 7 grams) and one of five strains of marijuana.
• The marijuana is in capsule form and dispensed in vacuum-sealed packages.
• They can buy no more than 1 ounce a week.

Anticipated future vending: Viagra, Vicodin, Propecia and anti-depressants. (Seriously.)

2) Cannabis smokers are at greater risk for developing lung cancer than standard camel smokers according to an Australian study. From the article:

" HONG KONG (Reuters) - Smoking a joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes in terms of lung cancer risk, scientists in New Zealand have found, as they warned of an "epidemic" of lung cancers linked to cannabis."

Hmm, well it seems like with every good thing comes something bad.

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