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More studies seem to confirm this, yet the politicians keep putting legalization forward not caring what happens to the youth. First the pass "medical" cannabis, then "recreational". Next you get total legalization of even more serious drugs as in Oregon. Screw the kids, the adults have to feel good.
Making it more difficult is a worthy goal. It reduces use.
Assistant Village Idiot
Big Tobacco has been replaced by Big Marijuana. Big Marijuana has now convinced everyone that "Smoking Marijuana Is Good For You" through legalization of medical marijuana. In the Fifties it was More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Brand.
So you won't hear the facts about marijuana, like how it damages the pre-frontal cortex and cognitive abilities and is associated with 50% of psychosis and schizophrenia cases. That's before you get to the damage it causes to the respiratory system.
Once the wall has been breached with medical marijuana (for which you can get a prescription through an easy and quick phone call or internet chat with one of Big Marijuana's online "doctors"), that then develops the supply chains and opens the door for unrestricted "recreational" use.
Note how our society obsesses over the possible risks of the Covid vaccines, which only actually have adverse effects on an extremely low percentage of people (less risk than getting hit by lightning), while totally ignoring the substantial harms that marijuana is known to cause.
May well be true, but does the study take into consideration whether the observed symptoms were caused by the cannabis, merely coincided with cannabis use, or were present even before the cannabis use?
The late Alan Green's research at Geisel (Dartmouth) Medical School was always very careful in that regard. He started as a researcher convinced that marijuana was going to prove to be relatively benign, even a potential anxiolytic, but his own data convinced him otherwise.
Because of its potential to activate psychotic disorders, men should not be using marijuana before age 25, and women not before age 30. After that it's a more minor issue. Of course, very few take it up after then, so it is hard to get good numbers.
Assistant Village Idiot