Health concerns rise with push for legalized marijuana

Health concerns rise with push for legalized marijuana

As Roni Caryn Rabin writes for the New York Times, those advocating for the decriminalization of marijuana – making getting busted for marijuana possession a thing of the past – generally argue that marijuana is safer than alcohol. There’s no danger of overdose, for instance, and that it’s less addictive than other drugs, including alcohol.

Therefore, advocates conclude, the government’s combative stance against marijuana (the DEA continues to trumpet the fact that marijuana is not legal under federal law) doesn’t make much sense.

But, as Rabin describes in her article, there are still unknowns in terms of the health risks.

For instance:

  • Marijuana is generally stronger today (more potent in terms of active THC) than it was in the past.
  • Teenagers are at risk of getting addicted, especially young teens, and presumably legal marijuana will increase availability of the drug in the marketplace for teens.

Perhaps one doctor said it best: “Before we unleash the powers of the marketplace to woo people to use this addictive substance, we need to better understand who is at risk.”

Source: Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns

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