Weed’s benefits still not definitive enough to warrant legislation

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Opinion

January 8, 2019 - 10:13 AM

With Kansas legislators feeling increasingly pressured to legalize marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use, its potential economic impact should come a distant second to its potential risks to our health.

According to health experts, today’s “weed” is 10-15 times as potent as that of a generation ago, as measured by the amount of THC, the chemical responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effect, it contains. The difference is a more potent high that takes immediate effect and lasts longer. Symptoms may include impaired function (don’t drive when high), as well as an inability to stay focused.

And to be clear, marijuana is a drug just like opiates and alcohol, and as such can be abused to great detriment, including addiction.

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