Regarding June 16 AP article about medical marijuana. Without disputing whether “medical” marijuana leads to more teen use of the drug, the fact is in all but three states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, teen marijuana use is substantially higher. But, there are other reasons not to allow “medical” marijuana.
For anyone under 25 marijuana is detrimental to brain development and can lead to loss of IQ by an average of 8 points. America is already last among 24 industrialized nations in academic achievement. Can we retain greatness with a dumbed down population?
Marijuana is also a major cause of psychosis, including schizophrenia and paranoia. Because of the astronomical potency of today’s pot, it has and is causing psychotic breaks leading to gruesome acts of murder, suicides, addiction, birth defects, cancer, strokes, cardiac problems, more crime and traffic fatalities.
There are some components of the plant, like Cannibidiol (CBD), that appear to have therapeutic value which are being explored further. But for the vast majority of people, marijuana being sold as medicine is a con job and first step toward full legalization, detrimental to individuals and society. The decision of using marijuana as medicine should be left to the FDA.
Roger Morgan, chairman/founder, Take Back America Campaign, Lincoln, Calif.