Serious hazards to heavy cannabis use in adolescence |

Serious hazards to heavy cannabis use in adolescence

“Yes on S” people refer to “patients” in their literature — as if they are concerned only with some vast community of sufferers oppressed by heartless status quo setbacks that hinder access to a magic potion for everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Almost makes you forget who the more likely beneficiaries of this measure are — pot entrepreneurs who cultivate “scripts” as well as cannabis, create public safety issues, and show up in town with their untaxed flash wads every harvest season.

“Patients” is meant to give this measure a moral glow. Other Yes on S arguments don’t bother. Take, for instance, the claim in a recent paid insert in The Union attacking marijuana “myths” that, far from being a “gateway drug,” pot might actually be beneficial for young people since it decreases their use of tobacco and alcohol. This would be news to the American Medical Association, whose last annual report not only supports the gateway thesis — “early cannabis use is related to later substance use disorders” — but goes even further: “Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood and psychotic thought disorder.”

Justifying kids’ use of marijuana is only one among many arguments the backers of Measure S make, but more than all the others it shows us where they’re coming from.

Peter Collier

Nevada City

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