The Perils of Marijuana
Two prominent studies strongly discourage policies that will promote marijuana usage
For many years, activists have been lobbying governments to legalize marijuana using varying rationale: these range from claims that it is less noxious than tobacco (if not altogether harmless) and contains medicinal properties to the claim that criminalizing it is ineffective, counterproductive, or even racist.
Governments on the left of the political spectrum tend not only to be sympathetic to these lobbyists, they themselves often are infiltrated by these activists. Canada’s left-leaning government is particularly far advanced down the path of legalizing marijuana, even willing to violate international law and drug treaties to do so. The path is all the more extraordinary given the strong stance against the ill effects of tobacco in Canadian policies.
Two recent studies ought to give those who are still agnostic on the issue pause to reflect. Not only do these studies suggest that legalizing marijuana is bad public policy, but grounds for an eventual class-action lawsuit.
- Physical consequences. The American Heart Association suggests that marijuana smoke may be three times more damaging than tobacco smoke, and this is also true of second-hand smoke. Read the article here
- Social consequences. The Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy notes that
“Marijuana is currently a growing risk to the public in the United States. Following expanding public opinion that marijuana provides little risk to health, state and federal legislatures have begun changing laws that will significantly increase accessibility of marijuana. Greater marijuana accessibility, resulting in more use, will lead to increased health risks in all demographic categories across the country. Violence is a well-publicized, prominent risk from the more potent, current marijuana available.” Read the article
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