Tashkin earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1961.
Tashkin has spent 30 years studying cannabis. In 2006, he was in charge of a large case-control study on marijuana and the risk of cancer. Contrary to his group's expectations, the study found no increase in lung cancer risk even among heavy users of marijuana.
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