Marijuana needs approval process

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Editor: I am an oncologist that practised for 40 years, looking after patients 24/7 in office and at the bedside.

Marijuana has no place in the medical care of patients. It is a dangerous drug. The only way it should make it to a patient care area is to go through the same approval process as any drug used at a patient level.

Marijuana's drug remains in the brain for 36 hours. Used once per day for four years decreases the IQ by seven points. It causes paralysis of the cilia in the lung which results in a marked increase in lung cancer.

Colorado in four years will become the ‘Dumb State’ and have the highest rate of lung cancers in the young.

Public approval of marijuana is no different than having the fox in charge of the hen house.

W.G. Tucker, MD,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Dumb, Charlottetown

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