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Speaking of liars… Karen Tandy

I know others have addressed this, but I have to at least mention it.
On June 28, there was an excellent, thoughtful, and intelligent letter in the Denver Post called One Soccer Mom’s Take on the Drug War.
Well, naturally, DEA head Karen Tandy felt the need to respond with Another Soccer Mom’s Take on the Drug War. And it is a vile piece of attempted deception.

Marijuana is against the law because it’s a dangerous, addictive drug.
This is a health issue. According to the American Lung Association, marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more cancer-causing material than cigarette smoke.

Feel free to read the rest of the letter. It’s all ridiculous (and others have debunked it point by point). But let’s take a moment to focus on this section.
This is a lie. Period.
Karen Tandy knows full well that the studies have shown marijuana does not cause cancer. It doesn’t matter if that was a true attribution to the American Lung Association or not. The only purpose for writing that was to imply that marijuana causes cancer — something Karen Tandy knows not to be true.
That makes it a lie, and a despicable one. This is a public official, paid by our tax dollars, lying to the American people about cancer. This should be, at the very least, a fireable offense.
Don’t let the fact that they do it all the time blunt your outrage.

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