The number of teenagers visiting emergency rooms in the state of Colorado more than quadrupled after marijuana was legalized in the state-according to a University of Colorado study. Researchers say most of the hospital visits were related to mental health issues.
Dr. George Sam Wang, who led the study, says “We know that marijuana use at a young age can affect adolescent brains.”
Sam Wang says that the state-level effect of marijuana legalization on adolescent use has only begun to be evaluated.”
In 2016 Wang found that the average rate of marijuana-related visits to the children’s hospital doubled after legalization.
Colorado legalized medical marijuana use in 2010 and made the recreational use of marijuana legal in 2014. Other studies have shown that ER visits involving marijuana use went up after those dates, especially among children and tourists.
Fact: Cannabis is legal for medical use in 28 states and Washington, D.C., and eight states plus D.C. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and marijuana-derived products.
Legalizing marijuana cuts off an important revenue stream for many in the illegal drug trade and could possibly reduce related violence. It also helps to raise local sales tax revenues.
When a person buys marijuana off the street, there’s no way to know exactly what dangerous substances are cut into the drug.
Yes, the debate rages on concerning the legal use of recreational pot.
Source: NBC News/Maggie Fox
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