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MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOESN’T LEAD TO RISE IN
In the ongoing war over whether or not
America’s most popular weed should be
legal in any capacity, one often-cited argument against it is how its use will send
the wrong message to teenagers. Teen
drug use is a concern for a host of reasons including the fact that studies have
found that teens who toke heavily can often have cognitive difficulties later in life.
But a comprehensive study has shown
that there is no strong correlation between
medical marijuana use and an increased rate of teen pot smok-
ing. The report published by The Lancet Psychiatry was based
on surveys of more than a million adolescents in 48 states be-
tween 1991 and 2014. The research found that teen pot use was
already higher in states that had adopted medical marijuana
laws, and it didn’t spike after those laws were passed. Their
bottom line? Though teen marijuana use has been increasing,
medical marijuana laws don’t appear to be the reason.
TEXAS APPROVES MEDICAL MARIJUANA…
Texas is considered one of the strict-est states when it comes to marijuana
laws. But early in June, it seemed a bit
of change was coming when Gov. Greg
Abbott signed the state’s first-ever medical marijuana law. Thing is, patients in the
state still aren’t likely to have access to
Texas’ law only allows patients to use
cannabis-based oil that contains small
traces of THC, but doesn’t allow patients
to purchase marijuana in plant form. It is
also only available to patients with intractable epilepsy. But
what negates the law even more, several analysts have men-
tioned, is that it is written so that doctors must “prescribe”
medical marijuana instead of “recommend” it. The distinction
is important because it’s illegal for doctors to prescribe a
Schedule 1 substance without a DEA license — turning it into
a risky prescription doctors aren’t likely to make.
The Latest on Medical Marijuana
n By Meagan Parrish and Andy Szal
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