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Don Lyman's comment that we are the only people advocating a public health approach to marijuana legalization that is widely appearing in the media (because it is included in the AP story on our report) is easily demonstrated to be incorrect. 
 
He said:
 
With due respect to Ms. Barry and Dr. Glantz and their unquestionably proud legacy in the field of tobacco research, their analysis is not just factually inaccurate in several key areas but its fundamental premise – that marijuana must be regulated exactly like tobacco --- <strong;<em;represents an awkward minority opinion not widely shared within the public health community</em;</strong;. [emphasis added]
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Rachel Barry did a simple Google search using the terms “public health approach” and “marijuana” and will found:
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<strong;Oregon Department of Health </strong;report: https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/marijuana/Documents/...
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<strong;American Public Health Association</strong; statement: http://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statement... target="_blank";http://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statement...
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<strong;LA County</strong; statement: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/PolicyBrief/PublicHealthApproachMa... target="_blank";http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/PolicyBrief/PublicHealthApproachMa...
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<strong;Canadian Medical Association</strong; statement: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150921133428.htm" target="_blank";http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150921133428.htm
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<strong;O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University</strong; project: http://www.oneillinstituteblog.org/marijuana-legalization-and-the-public...
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<strong;Tobacco Control Legal Consortium</strong; report: http://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/tclc-syno... target="_blank";http://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/tclc-syno...
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<strong;Nation's Health</strong; statement: http://thenationshealth.aphapublications.org/content/44/7/1.3.full" target="_blank";http://thenationshealth.aphapublications.org/content/44/7/1.3.full
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<strong;Center for Addiction and Mental Health</strong; report: http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/influencing_public_policy/docu... target="_blank";http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/influencing_public_policy/docu...
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And also a <em;quick</em; review of the literature finds:
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Ghosh T, Van Dyke M, Maffey A, Whitley E, Gillim-Ross L, Wolk L. <strong;The Public Health Framework of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado</strong;. American Journal of Public Health. 2015; 106(1):21-27 doi:10.2105/ajph.2015.302875. Available at: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302875" target="_blank";http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302875
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Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Beau Kilmer, Alexander C. Wagenaar, Frank J. Chaloupka, and Jonathan P. Caulkins.&nbsp; <strong;Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons From Alcohol and Tobacco</strong;. American Journal of Public Health: June 2014, Vol. 104, No. 6, pp. 1021-1028. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301766. Available at: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301766";http:...
Rehm, J. and Fischer, B. (2015), Cannabis legalization with strict regulation, t<strong;he overall superior policy option for</strong; <strong;public health</strong;. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 97:&nbsp;541–544. doi:&nbsp;10.1002/cpt.93. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cpt.93/full" target="_blank";http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cpt.93/full
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Haden M, Emerson B. A vision for cannabis regulation: <strong;a public health approach based on lessons learned from the regulation of alcohol and tobacco</strong;. <em;Open Medicine</em;. 2014;8(2):e73-e80. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4085088/" title="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4085088/";http://www.ncbi.nl...
Fischer, B., Rehm, J., & Hall, W. (2009). Cannabis Use in Canada: <strong;The Need for a 'Public Health' Approach</strong;. <em;Canadian Journal of Public Health</em;, <em;100</em;(2), 101–103. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41995216" title="http://www.jstor.org/stable/41995216";http://www.jstor.org/stable/41995216
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We would hardly call this an awkward minority.
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