Public Health Issues and Concerns Regarding Recreational Marijuana Legalization

According to Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

“…the higher the content of THC, the higher the likelihood that you can actually become addicted to it. And also, interestingly, high content THC also has an associated risk of psychosis… Repeated marijuana use during adolescence may result in long-lasting changes in brain function that can jeopardize educational, professional, and social achievements. However, the effects of a drug (legal or illegal) on individual health are determined not only by its pharmacologic properties but also by its availability and social acceptability. In this respect, legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco for example) offer a sobering perspective, accounting for the greatest burden of disease associated with drugs not because they are more dangerous than illegal drugs but because their legal status allows for more widespread exposure.”

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