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Drew Carey's Got the Right "Price" for Pot

11/3/2007 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget controlling the pet population, new "Price Is Right" host Drew Carey has his own cause -- medical marijuana. Come on down!

The funnyman teamed up with to take a look at the trendy area of Brentwood, Calif. to show how someone can find a place to buy an alcoholic or heavily-caffeinated beverage on nearly every corner -- while the federal government is cracking down on something that can treat the effects of cancer, glaucoma, HIV-AIDS, chronic pain and nausea. Let's see a mocha frappuccino do that!

Carey is hoping the government will reclassify medical marijuana so that those who need it can get it. Maybe he should just give an ounce away in the Showcase Showdown!


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@31 boogie--I see your point. And I don't see a problem with the legalization. But, seriously, how do we get around the "second-hand smoke" issue. Where would one go to imbibe without infringing upon others? You know what's going on with the cigarette smoking in private industry, government interference. Can you just imagine what would happen re marijuana smoking? We need a plan.

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Yey, if weed gets legal,,,,,,,,,,,,expect alot more people driving high,alot more deaths behind the wheel. Your argument hold no merit. im sorry

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Mike Oates    

I have been smoking for 40 years and I still go to work everyday and still have very little gray hair. I am 53. So maybe pot keeps me young, maybe not. It sure keeps me from a DWI since I don't drink and drive.
It has been proven that someone driving on pot drives Better than a straight person. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.
We could pay for universal health care for everyone, even for Idiots that have never tried it and still call it Dope. It does not get you messed up like alcohol.
And it can be used to make almost anything. That is why it is illegal. The Plastics companies(big oil) know it can replace so many of their products and Big Drug companies pain killers too.
When someone loses their job because they smoked a joint within the last month it hurts their family and ruins their career. So you Idiots that think that smoking pot should be a good reason to screw up a families life can opt out of the universal health care that profit from pot Could provide.

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Vegas Terri    

Amen, Brother Drew!!!

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To YAY AREA>>> Don't feel sorry for me you tick. I have a wonderful life and don't need the pity of an idiot. A horrible way to live life is being high everyday. The majority of the pro-weed activists' goal is to get high. I know because I used to be one of them. People with chronic pain are the exception as I stated. What do you think would happen if pot was legalized and thousands of kids got their hands on it. You really should think before you speak. You obviously aren't an educated person. Shouldn't you be in your room doing your addition and subtraction homework?

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As a cancer patient myself, I can validate that there is a synthetic THC pill called Marinol. However, it does make you INCREDIBLY high. Higher than a joint would, since you need more of it. Also, when you are throwing up EVERYTHING, why do you think a pill would stay down? It didn't for me.

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You all have turned MM into a near religious debate. never a winner there because you become zealots and you lose your ability to be open minded. Also, sighting yourself as a result holds no proof either as your are just one data point and you as a person are not empiracle data.

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People who think pot is a dangerous drug are more dangerous than the drug they are condemning. You would have to be really anal to think legal drugs are morally superior to illegal drugs. Legal drugs, in fact, are a far bigger source of addiction than the illegal kind, and the doctors are the pushers. Why don't we start putting doctors in jail for knowingly supplying their patients with legal drugs that are far more powerful than the illegal kind. The only reason pot is illegal is because Randolph Hurst was concerned that the cultivation of hemp would cut into his lumber industry profits, since hemp is better to use than a lot of things lumber is now used for. In the end, the point is mute, since you would have to be a complete moron to think pot should be illegal.

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Alcohol = Recreational Drug.... Cigarette = Recreational Drug....

Marijuana proven safer than both = Illegal Drug....


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Amen, Drew!!!
By adding law enforcement costs and depriving governments of the revenue that could be gained by taxing marijuana sales...

prohibition costs U.S. taxpayers $41.8 billion per year!!!!!!!....

according to a 2007 estimate by public policy researcher Jon B. Gettman, Ph.D. The report, "Lost Taxes and Other Costs of Marijuana Laws," is based primarily on government estimates of the U.S. marijuana supply, prices, and arrests.

Marijuana prohibition has not prevented a dramatic increase in marijuana use by teenagers. In fact, the overall rate of marijuana use in the U.S. has risen by roughly 4,000% since marijuana was first outlawed in 1937, and independent studies by RAND Europe and the U.S. National Research Council have reported that marijuana prohibition appears to have little or no impact on rates of use.

Prohibition may actually increase teen access to marijuana. Sellers of regulated products like tobacco and alcohol can be fined or lose their licenses if they sell to minors. Prohibition guarantees that marijuana dealers are not subject to any such regulations. Drug dealers don't ask for ID.

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after reading these posting I must say those against smoking pot for what ever reason sound almost fear driven. Its a freaking plant for christ sake. beefstick says he has a wonderful life. well it doesnt sound like it. you come like you want to bash someone for not sharing your opinion. liten up some, relax, chill out, lets go get high.....

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What is marijuana?
Marijuana (grass, pot, weed) is the common name for a crude drug made from the plant Cannabis sativa. The main mind-altering (psychoactive) ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), but more than 400 other chemicals also are in the plant. A marijuana "joint" (cigarette) is made from the dried particles of the plant. The amount of THC in the marijuana determines how strong its effects will be. The type of plant, the weather, the soil, the time of harvest, and other factors determine the strength of marijuana. The strength of today's marijuana is as much as ten times greater than the marijuana used in the early 1970s. This more potent marijuana increases physical and mental effects and the possibility of health problems for the user. Hashish, or hash, is made by taking the resin from the leaves and flowers of the marijuana plant and pressing it into cakes or slabs. Hash is usually stronger than crude marijuana and may contain five to ten times as much THC. Pure THC is almost never available, except for research. Substances sold as THC on the street often turn out to be something else, such as PCP.
What are some of the immediate effects of smoking marijuana?
Some immediate physical effects of marijuana include a faster heartbeat and pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, and a dry mouth and throat. No scientific evidence indicates that marijuana improves hearing, eyesight, and skin sensitivity. Studies of marijuana's mental effects show that the drug can impair or reduce short-term memory, alter sense of time, and reduce ability to do things which require concentration, swift reactions, and coordination, such as driving a car or operating machinery.

Are there any other adverse reactions to marijuana?
A common bad reaction to marijuana is the "acute panic anxiety reaction." People describe this reaction as an extreme fear of "losing control," which causes panic. The symptoms usually disappear in a few hours.

What about psychological dependence on marijuana?
Long-term regular users of marijuana may become psychologically dependent. They may have a hard time limiting their use, they may need more of the drug to get the same effect, and they may develop problems with their jobs and personal relationships. The drug can become the most important aspect of their lives.

What are the dangers for young people?
One major concern about marijuana is its possible effects on young people as they grow up. Research shows that the earlier people start using drugs, the more likely they are to go on to experiment with other drugs. In addition, when young people start using marijuana regularly, they often lose interest and are not motivated to do their schoolwork. The effects of marijuana can interfere with learning by impairing thinking, reading comprehension, and verbal and mathematical skills. Research shows that students do not remember what they have learned when they are "high".

How does marijuana affect driving ability?
Driving experiments show that marijuana affects a wide range of skills needed for safe driving -- thinking and reflexes are slowed, making it hard for drivers to respond to sudden, unexpected events. Also, a driver's ability to "track" (stay in lane) through curves, to brake quickly, and to maintain speed and the proper distance between cars is affected. Research shows that these skills are impaired for at least 4-6 hours after smoking a single marijuana cigarette, long after the "high" is gone. If a person drinks alcohol, along with using marijuana, the risk of an accident greatly increases. Marijuana presents a definite danger on the road.

Does marijuana affect the human reproductive system?
Some research studies suggest that the use of marijuana during pregnancy may result in premature babies and in low birth weights. Studies of men and women may have a temporary loss of fertility. These findings suggest that marijuana may be especially harmful during adolescence, a period of rapid physical and sexual development.

How does marijuana affect the heart?
Marijuana use increases the heart rate as much as 50 percent, depending on the amount of THC. It can cause chest pain in people who have a poor blood supply to the heart - and it produces these effects more rapidly than tobacco smoke does.

How does marijuana affect the lungs?
Scientists believe that marijuana can be especially harmful to the lungs because users often inhale the unfiltered smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs as long as possible. Therefore, the smoke is in contact with lung tissues for long periods of time, which irritates the lungs and damages the way they work. Marijuana smoke contains some of the same ingredients in tobacco smoke that can cause emphysema and cancer. In addition, many marijuana users also smoke cigarettes; the combined effects of smoking these two substances creates an increased health risk. <

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ScienceDaily (Feb. 14, 2007) — Long-term exposure to marijuana smoke is linked to many of the same health problems as tobacco smoke, such as increased respiratory symptoms like cough, phlegm and wheeze, according to a new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine.
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States, and abuse of the drug is on the rise. The study is published in today's Archives of Internal Medicine. First author Jeanette M. Tetrault, M.D., and colleagues sought to find the relationship between marijuana smoking and pulmonary function or respiratory complications.

"While there is convincing data on the effects of tobacco smoke on pulmonary clinical outcomes, the effect of marijuana smoke has been poorly understood," said Tetrault, ambulatory care fellow at Yale School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System.

Tetrault and colleagues systematically reviewed articles from 1966 through 2005 identified from the MEDLINE, PsychINFO and EMBASE databases that evaluated the effect of marijuana smoking on pulmonary function and respiratory complications. Of the 34 articles that met selection criteria, 12 were classified as challenge studies because they examined the link between short-term marijuana use and airway response. Eleven of the 12 studies found an association between short-term marijuana use and relaxation and opening of the air passages.

The study's physiologic data failed to show an association between long-term marijuana smoking and airflow obstruction (emphysema). However, all 14 studies that assessed long-term marijuana smoking and respiratory complications noted an association with increased respiratory symptoms, suggesting obstructive lung disease.

The authors noted several common limitations among the studies, including inadequate control of the complicating effect of tobacco smoking; lack of standardized measures for the amount or duration of marijuana use; and lack of standardized measures of the outcomes that were evaluated.

"Despite these limitations, clinicians should advise their patients of the potential negative impact of marijuana smoking on overall lung health," said Tetrault.

Other authors on the study included Kristina Crothers, M.D., Brent A. Moore, Reena Mehra, M.D., John Concato, M.D., and David Fiellin, M.D.

Citation: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 167, (February 12, 2007)

Adapted from materials provided by Yale University.

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Health Effects of Marijuana:

One joint causes the heart to race and overwork. People with heart conditions are at risk.
Marijuana is commonly contaminated with the fungus aspergillus, which can cause serious respiratory tract and sinus infections.
Marijuana lowers the body's immune system response making users more susceptible to infection.
Chronic Marijuana smoking causes changes in brain cells and brain waves. The brain does not work as efficiently or effectively. Long-term brain damage may occur.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 60 other chemicals in marijuana concentrate in the ovaries and testes.
Chronic smoking of marijuana in males causes a decrease in testosterone and an increase in estrogen, the female hormone. Therefore, the sperm count is reduced, leading to temporary sterility.
Chronic smoking of marijuana in females causes a decrease in fertility.
A higher than normal incidence of stillborn births, early termination of pregnancy, and higher infant mortality rate during the first few days of life are common in pregnant marijuana smokers.
Marijuana's THC causes birth defects including brain damage, spinal cord, forelimbs, liver, and water on the brain and spine in test animals.
Prenatal exposure may cause underweight newborns.
Fetal exposure may decrease visual functioning.
Marijuana User's mental function can display the following effects:

delayed decision making
diminished concentration
impaired short-term memory
impaired signal detection
impaired tracking
erratic cognitive function
distortion of time estimation
Workplace Issues of Marijuana:

Marijuana's THC is stored in body fat and slowly released.
Marijuana smoking has long-term effects on performance.
Increased THC potency in modern marijuana increases the impairment.
Combining alcohol or other depressant drugs with marijuana increases impairment.

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Researchers At UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Report Smoking Marijuana May Increase Risk Of Head And Neck Cancers
ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 1999) — Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center are reporting, for the first time, that smoking marijuana may increase the risk of head and neck cancers.

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Results of an epidemiological study of more than 340 people are outlined in an article published in today's (Dec. 17) edition of the peer-reviewed journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarker and Prevention.

Previous laboratory and clinical studies have indicated that marijuana use may be related to molecular alterations in the respiratory tract, changes that may lead to cancer. This is the first study to examine whether smoking marijuana increases risk of head and neck cancers, said Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the UCLA School of Public Health and director of the cancer epidemiology training program at UCLA.

"Most people don't think about marijuana in relationship to cancer," said Zhang, lead author of the journal article. "The carcinogens in marijuana are much stronger than those in tobacco. The big message here is that marijuana, like tobacco, can cause cancer."

Zhang studied the relationship between marijuana use and head and neck cancers in 173 patients diagnosed with those diseases. He compared those findings to 176 cancer-free control patients, and found that those who habitually smoked marijuana were at higher risk for head and neck cancers.

The epidemiological data was collected using a structured questionnaire, which queried patients about their histories of tobacco smoking, marijuana smoking and alcohol use. Zhang said researchers were able to evaluate the data on marijuana smoking independently from data on tobacco smoking and alcohol use, which also increase the risk of certain cancers.

The results of the study are particularly important now, Zhang said, as habitual marijuana smokers from the 1960s reach older ages. Because head and neck cancers -- cancers of the mouth, tongue, larynx and pharynx -- take many years to develop, people who smoked large amounts of marijuana in the 1960s may just now be contracting head and neck cancers, Zhang said.

"In the '60s, we had very high numbers of people in their 20s smoking marijuana," Zhang said. "These people are just now getting to the ages at which they will get head and neck cancers. This is the time to study a risk like this."

The more times per day a person smokes marijuana, the greater his or her risk of head and neck cancers, according to the study. Additionally, people who use marijuana habitually for many years also increase their risk of head and neck cancers, Zhang said.

"If you smoke a little, your risk increases a little," Zhang said. "If you smoke a lot, your risk increases a lot."

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, Zhang said. It is estimated that about 31 percent of the U.S. population 12 years or older has used marijuana, according to the journal article.

Zhang's research builds on previous studies of marijuana and cancer risk. An article by UCLA cancer researchers published in the Aug. 19, 1998, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute stated that habitual smoking of marijuana and crack cocaine causes the same kinds of molecular changes that precede the development of lung cancer in cigarette smokers.

"Now we have evidence that may link marijuana smoking to head and neck cancers," Zhang said. "Many people may think marijuana is harmless, but it's not."

In addition, the epidemiological study and the subsequent journal article also touch on the interplay between marijuana smoking and the genetic defect that prevents DNA from repairing itself. Some marijuana smokers with this genetic defect might not have the ability to repair DNA damage prompted by the habit. Zhang said these people are about 16 times more likely to develop head and neck cancers than non-marijuana smokers whose DNA repair function is operating normally.

Zhang said larger epidemiological studies are needed to replicate the results obtained by UCLA cancer researchers. One such study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is being conducted now at UCLA.

Adapted from materials provided by University Of California, Los Angeles Health Sciences.

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