THE HIDDEN COSTS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

What are the Hidden Costs of Marijuana Legalization?

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SOURCE:

Annals of Emergency Medicine | Association of Unintentional Pediatric Exposures With Decriminalization of Marijuana in the United States | http://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(14)00079-1/abstract


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SOURCES:

National Institute of Drug Abuse | https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/how-does-marijuana-use-affect-school-work-social-life

The Lancet: Psychiatry | Young adult sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: an integrative analysis | http://www.thelancet.com/journals/a/article/PIIS2215-0366(14)70307-4/fulltext

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences | Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife | http://www.pnas.org/content/109/40/E2657.abstract

[largest Long-term study conducted thus far with over 1,000 participants born in 1972 and 1973 and followed from adolescence through adulthood -- age 38 is the most recent age of follow-up, New Zealand - drop of 8 IQ points]


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SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) | Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (PDF) | https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6104.pdf

American Association for the Advancement of Science | https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/aaop-evr042617.php

Journal of Adolescent Health | http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X08006575


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SOURCES:

Despite popularity in the news, marijuana legalization has many hidden costs to children, families, and communities. In the states where recreational marijuana is now legal, there has been an increase in both expenses and in lives and livelihood. There have been dramatic spikes in teen marijuana use, traffic fatalities, and pediatric hospital emergencies.

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2534480


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