At the same time, the California Supreme Court struck down a provision that limited the amount of marijuana individuals could possess for medical use, assuring the Golden State's preeminence in the national use of weed.
Hmmmm. Could there be an unidentified link between these two trends? It sure looks that way:
Regular readers of the Disease Management Care Blog understand the limits of associations between potentially independent events (just because two things happen at the same time doesn't mean they are interrelated - it could be accidental or random), sources of bias (there may be one or more other events causing both observations) and the direction of causality (which causes which?). For example, this association between 'DDE' and diabetes could be random. Skin color shouldn't be be associated with diabetes, but both are correlated with other genetic determinants and culture, which act as biases. Obesity causes diabetes, but maybe diabetes can cause (the treatment can) obesity, which is an example of two-way positive feedback loop.
The DMCB is out of its depth in divining the political calculus underlying the State's marijuana laws and the enthusiasm for universal health care in the face of deep voter skepticism and gaping budget deficits. Short of some formal research protocol, it can't tell if the association is real and if so, if there is some political undercurrent that is driving both. Perhaps über health policy insights in Sacramento has led to a truly enlightened version of reefer madness.
Or maybe it all comes down to a simple question: just what are the political leaders out in California smoking?