Adolescent marijuana use warning

The current edition of medical journal Lancet Psychiatry carries bad news for the “marijuana-is-a-soft-drug” brigade.

It reports “clear and consistent associations and dose-response relations between frequency of adolescent cannabis use and all adverse young adult outcomes”.

Daily users younger than 17 years are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school. With greater probability of ongoing cannabis and other drug dependence, as well as increased suicide attempt rates.

The results were based on studies of teenagers funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council.

Their conclusion is “efforts to reform cannabis legislation should be carefully assessed to ensure they reduce adolescent cannabis use”.

So if legalising “medical marijuana” is going to increase adolescent cannabis use, it shouldn’t be legalised.

Last year, Uruguay’s politicians liberalised marijuana laws, but the public wasn’t impressed.

More than 60 per cent never wanted the changes. In recent months the percentage in opposition is increasing.

Arnold Jago,

Nichols Point

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