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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Watch Out for Toothless, Rotten Gummed, Iron Lunged, Szichophrenic Pot Heads

Rotten gums, the latest medical consequence from smoking pot:
An international team tracked the dental health of 1,000 people born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1972 and 1973.

They found heavy cannabis smoking was responsible for more than one-third of the new cases of gum disease among the group by the age of 32.
Right. Buried down at the end of the article is this:
Overall, 29% of the sample showed some signs of gum disease.
29% showed some sign of gum disease. Don't forget that most of the smokers were smokers; of both tobacco and marijuana, and that gum disease is a very common ailment.

More on drugs: Check out this article in the Washington Post on cocaine trafficking out of Columbia using submersible vessels. Pretty cool stuff. Definitely read the whole thing, but let me excerpt the last few paragraphs that remind anyone with an ounce of common sense of the futility of the prohibition exercise.
Here in the navy yard, in addition to the seized submersibles, there is a torpedo-like tube, designed to carry cocaine, that traffickers planned to attach by cable to a ship. There are also several "go-fasts" and an earlier mode of transport for drugs -- fishing trawlers -- now rotting in dry dock. Together, they could make up a Smithsonian exhibit.

Some officials say the submersibles should be destroyed.

"We've been debating what to do with them," Angel said. "I'm partial to keeping them because they are part of the history of our country. And when we put an end to drug trafficking, our sons and grandsons should know what these criminals did."

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