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Reader: New Jersey's Chris Christie might not hate marijuana if he knew it lowers obesity risk

Yesterday, we highlighted the views of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who reportedly doesn't want his state to go to pot like Colorado.

One reader thinks Christie might not be such a weed hater if he realized the benefits that marijuana can have for people like him.

The Spleen writes:

It is too bad the Gov hasn't done a little more research, he might have found some information that could be useful to him personally....

Despite the tendency of marijuana users to experience the "munchies," pot smokers may have a lower risk of obesity that those who don't use the drug, a new study finds.

The results show the prevalence of obesity is lower among people who frequently smoke pot compared with those who have never inhaled.

The researchers said they were surprised by their initial results, because they expected to find the opposite. So they examined a second sample of people, and found exactly the same result. Together, the two samples studied more than 50,000 people.

The reason behind the link is not clear. It could be that people who use cannabis also engage in other behaviors that lower their obesity risk. Or it may be that pot smokers exercise more or have a specific diet that keeps them thin, said study researcher Yann Le Strat, a psychiatrist at Louis Mourier Hospital in France.

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