Bad science and bad reporting

The recent spate of bad studies regarding marijuana (involving ridiculously small samples and horribly flawed methodology) with nicely scary conclusions (marijuana causes cancer, marijuana causes addiction, marijuana causes gum disease) have been, of course, accompanied by bad reporting.

None as funny as this one from a student newspaper.

Young people who are heavy smokers of cannabis, a substance found in marijuana, could be at a significant risk for gum disease, according to a study released Tuesday. [emphasis added]

Fortunately, Bruce Mirken has taken on the quackery in Latest Anti-Pot Quack Science: ‘Marijuana Makes Your Teeth Fall Out’

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