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In an incisive column in the http:// http://sacb.ee/5plB" target="_blank";<em;Sacrameto Bee</em; on Sunday February 7, 2016, entitled "Doctors dance with a toasty partner" about the California Medical Association's endorsement of the marijuana legalization initative, editorial page editor Dan Morain observed, <strong;<em;"The initiative would place the bulk of the regulation in the hands of a new bureau within the Department of Consumer Affairs, which polices barbers, mechanics, morticians, nurses, mechanics, dentists, doctors and other licensed professionals, with varying degrees of aggressiveness. The new board would include marijuana entrepreneurs, like placing tobacco company executives in charge of limiting secondhand smoke."</em;</strong;
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As I have noted before, the major health groups' silence on this issue, despite the evidence that marijuana is a known human carcinogen and interferes with functioning of the cardiovascular system, is an effective endorsement.
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It is not too late for them to oppose <em;this particular initiative</em; while remaining neutral on the overall issue of marijuana legalization.
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Having said that, the most likely outcome is continued silence.&nbsp; Then, three or four years from now, when the full dimensions of the new public health disaster are evident. they will complain about how they just dont' have the power to undo the initative.
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As our http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/4qg8k9wz" target="_blank";report notes, there is a pathway to legalization that would not create "a new tobacco industry.
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In any event, everyone should read Morain's column, which is available http:// http://sacb.ee/5plB" target="_blank";here.
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Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/dan-morain/article587821... title="http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/dan-morain/article587821...... is
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