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March 13, 2015

Review/commentary on likely lasting impacts of increasing marijuana use

Filed under: Cannabis — mtaffe @ 10:30 am

From Jerry Wright, published as a commentary in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Wright, MJ, Jr. Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes will increase risk of long-term, deleterious consequences for adolescents. Drug Alcohol Depend, Volume 149, 1 April 2015, Pages 298–303

This is actually a fairly good review article, not merely a commentary. Lots of citation to relevant research articles.

The main purpose from the Introduction:

Marijuana use for medical purposes is currently legal in 23 states in the U.S.and Washington,DC.This commentary reviews evidence linking frequent marijuana use in adolescence with risk for mental illness and cognitive impairment,the impact of medical marijuana legalization on increasing rates of adolescent marijuana use, changes in the potency of marijuana overtime,and research on marijuana-based medications to make the case that legalizing medical marijuana will increase health-related risks, particularly among adolescents

and the key points from the Conclusion.

Too many adolescents have access to marijuana currently and there is very little evidence that adolescent access to recreational marijuana can be reduced while simultaneously increasing the availability of medical marijuana for adults.Public health interests would be better served by streamlining the bureaucracy that impedes research on marijuana-based medications and focusing our efforts on identifying compounds in marijuana that confer unique therapeutic benefit.

Jerry was a postdoctoral fellow in the Taffe Lab from 2009-2012.


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