Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Is Marijuana More Dangerous Than Thought?

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about whether marijuana is more dangerous than thought. Now to be fair - I'm a supporter of Legalized Marijuana but I am also a realist who knows that there are some real dangers that might not be getting the attention they deserve.

More than half the population of the US now live in States where marijuana use has been legalized or decriminalized. And marijuana use has become more socially acceptable with little remaining stigma from the past decades. "About 15% of Americans used cannabis at least once in 2017" but the number of Americans who smoke every day (currently about 8 million) is approaching the number of people who drink every day (about 12 million). That's concerning. 

And the pot now smoked or ingested is much, much more powerful than the pot that was used in studies that found marijuana to be a mostly harmless drug. We simply don't know the effects this more powerful pot has on people. Paranoia and psychosis can be a deadly combination and cannabis can often act as a match to that powder keg.

As I said earlier - there some real dangers here that deserve attention and study.

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