Smoking can alter a person's DNA, causing mutations. These mutations can trigger serious illness, including cancer. These mutations can be passed to children and future generations, raising their risks too.
A study,published in the British Medical Journal, found that one in ten people who used cannabis before the age of 15 developed schizophrenia by the age of 26.This compared to three per cent of those teenagers who did not use the drug.
We’ve all heard the marijuana “gateway drug” theory when it comes to teens, and more and more evidence is emerging that supports it. But a new study shows that marijuana may be a gateway to drug and alcohol problems for adult users, too. In a study,Cannabis users were at significantly higher risk for developing drug and alcohol disorders by the time of the follow-up interview than those who did not report pot use in the initial interview.
There's a new report out on longtime marijuana use from U.C. Davis. And it's bad news for habitual users. In summary: The report on marijuana use found that 52% of middle-class frequent users“experienced downward mobility” compared to only 14% of non-users. “Regular long-term users,” Professor Cerda stated, “also had more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, and experienced more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse.”
Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Marijuana can affect driver safety by impairing vehicle control and judgment,” continued Marshall Doney, AAA’s President and CEO. “States need consistent, strong and fair enforcement measures to ensure that the increased use of marijuana does not impact road safety.”
Since legalization the state has seen spikes in homelessness, dependence on social services,marijuana related DUI crashes, marijuana related medical emergencies (including children overdoses), and hospitals losing millions of dollars treating uninsured users.
Regardless of your age, there is nothing about legalizing recreational marijuana that is positive for you, your family or your community.
Like other states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. we can expect the same negative impacts.We can also expect the long term consequences of marijuana usage. In addition, Prop 64 does not contain the driving safeguards that are needed to protect our highways or the guarantees that will prevent advertisements, or provide security and integrity throughout the entire process from growing to retail.
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Rev. James B. Butler is the Executive Director of the California Council on Alcohol Problems (CalCAP), and affiliated associations, Alcohol-Narcotic Education Foundation (ANEF), and the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion (CCAGE). Rev. Butler, a United Methodist Minister of 37 years, has served churches in the Southern California communities of Fullerton, Santa Barbara, Sun Valley, Santa Paula and Lompoc. He has also been actively involved in various community organizations such as a Member and President of various Ministerial Associations, Chaplain of a Volunteer Fire Department, Member and President of a local Housing Authority and Member and President of a United Way Chapter.