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Marijuana damages adolescent brains,
health professionals write in op-ed

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 6/17/2019 4:26:34 AM

Two health professionals penned an op-ed in The New York Times on Sunday that despite society’s shift on marijuana use, it does not change the fact that the drug is not safe for high school and college students. Kenneth L. Davis, the president and chief executive of the Mount Sinai Health System, and Mary Jeanne Kreek, the head of Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases at Rockefeller University, cited studies that show a “deleterious impact on cognitive development in adolescents.” The column said marijuana use can impair "executive function, processing speed, memory, attention span and concentration." They said the explanation is simple: the adolescent brain

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Reply 1 - Posted by: lana720 6/17/2019 5:03:00 AM (No. 99726)
Exactly who didn’t see this coming?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 6/17/2019 5:12:48 AM (No. 99728)
I have had this argument with my brainwashed kids for yrs. They don't do drugs but they are convinced that marijuana is perfectly safe. And yet my daughter admits that former friends of hers are essentially brain dead because of marijuana use. The schools have essentially been in on this conspiracy of lies and the politicians are just seeing big bucks to be made on legalization so they are right there with the in crowd. There will be a lost generation because of this idiocy pushed by the left, the funny thing is they are sowing their own demise since marijuana users are famously not motivated to do much of anything including vote. Let's hope this alligator comes back to bite them big time.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: canadiandruid 6/17/2019 6:21:28 AM (No. 99755)
yet we pump our children much younger full of pharmaceuticals with the blessing of many so called "health professionals"
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/17/2019 7:52:20 AM (No. 99793)
Like dude, I think, wait a minute, um, whatever.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: MMC 6/17/2019 8:04:08 AM (No. 99802)
I have a beautiful daughter who thinks weed is fine to smoke- and will argue for all the medical benefits- and it won’t harm unborn child- she isn’t pregnant, but believes in power of good mojo provided by weed. I will bring articles up to her- she will say govt agency don’t want truth out.. So.. You have my life.. and said child wants to move to area of country so expensive- no college degree,no plan- except to be internet famous/rich. Which is fine, but again, no plan. Regardless of feel good law of attraction- a plan is a guideline. Kids on weed just don’t care..
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Reply 6 - Posted by: walcb 6/17/2019 8:15:22 AM (No. 99810)
Potheads are more inclined to accept socialism, so all is good--right Democrats?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 6/17/2019 8:17:49 AM (No. 99812)
Wow! Far out man! We knew this in the 70's. It is why I never got into it heavily. I could watch my friends in college who were really smart turn into stoners... And the stuff they smoke today is WAY stronger than 1972! I got a medical marijuana prescription for pain. Tried it once. Blew my head off! Thought I was on acid!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog 6/17/2019 8:26:48 AM (No. 99820)
The long term affects of frequent marijuana use are not well understood. But now we have millions of people using it legally - with many more potential customers waiting in the wings. 20 years from now there will be widespread lawsuits against the weed industry.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: fayebeck 6/17/2019 8:34:44 AM (No. 99825)
Pot has been accepted by the majority of Americans and nothing will ever change it. The debate is and has been over for decades about the subject. It is a complete waste of time to argue about it.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Yuban 6/17/2019 8:38:18 AM (No. 99827)
Old news.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Madinmaryland 6/17/2019 9:01:51 AM (No. 99846)
I have pointed out documented evidence of the harm weed does and was told it was all BS. How does one get through to someone who doesn’t want to know the truth. Guess it’s like the lefties in America. Willful blindness. Very sad.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: msjena 6/17/2019 9:13:43 AM (No. 99854)
#9, the same could have been said about cigarettes in the 50s. Now they are egal but socially and medically unacceptable. If marijuana isn't safe, we need to know about it. Peoples' minds can be changed.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: msjena 6/17/2019 9:15:03 AM (No. 99855)
^^legal!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 6/17/2019 9:18:06 AM (No. 99858)
For the 13,441st time - - - - will a Prohibitionist please describe when and how the "War On Drugs" ends. It has been waged for nearly 50 years - - and the results have been disastrous. Deaths, addiction, crime, murder, gangs, corruption, huge waste of wealth and resources, crushed civil liberties. Please explain how an end to Prohibition could be worse.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/17/2019 9:22:19 AM (No. 99861)
Our politicians already knew this, but legalized it anyway. Just for votes and money. Teach your children well, and pray they avoid this pitfall. Many people will say otherwise, and deny pot is hazardous.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Pearson365 6/17/2019 9:47:20 AM (No. 99891)
Since smoking pot damages the brains of young people, Democrats will surely propose that abortions be permitted up until age 21. Since Dems are fine with infanticide if the mother does not want the just born baby, they’ll gladly agree to raising the age for a child to be legally aborted to 18 and eventually 21. “Relax, Dear. Take another toke, inhale deeply, and listen to the music. This will be all over in a few peaceful minutes.” Such a policy will be supported by progressives until they realize that their supporters are declining in numbers faster than they can be recruited. While states are eager to collect the taxes on marijuana sales, the long-term costs for medical care, welfare dependency, psychiatric care and crime will be tenfold the taxes collected. Time for the perpetual children of America to grow up.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 6/17/2019 9:48:49 AM (No. 99892)
Question to former Gov. Hickenlooper of Colorado (who is now a fake presidential candidate) who destroyed my state with his signing the recreational marijuana bill into law which effectively invited in the drug cartels who have since created the opioid crisis we now have here: Were you aware of the effects that medical marijuana has on our young people? Or you didn't care and just wanted the sales tax proceeds at the expense of our young people and our state?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: bigfatslob 6/17/2019 9:52:44 AM (No. 99895)
I watched my now 31 year old daughter move from vodka as a teen to marijuana. She's gone mentally. She's never kept jobs because with one pay check she would quit and buy marijuana. She's a walking disaster and blames everyone else for her problems. Marijuana has long reaching effects and is not a recreational drug because the never leave the playground.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Taxed2Death 6/17/2019 11:04:12 AM (No. 99963)
A big "so what?" Many substances (alcohol, tobacco included) have potentially bad effects. That they have such impacts does not justify the so-called "war on drugs." (we declared war on drugs and the drugs won). How many people are you going to search, arrest, prosecute and imprison to "save them from themselves? Kids will tell you it is generally easier to obtain illegal drugs than it is regulated booze. Legalize it, control it and reduce the harm. The harm cannot be eliminated: but it can be reduced.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: zoidberg 6/17/2019 11:51:22 AM (No. 100001)
Because something is harmful to children, it must be illegal for adults too? I never understood this type of thinking.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 6/17/2019 11:52:34 AM (No. 100004)
I saw this happen to several students I knew in college. They went from good grades in the pre-engineering program to flunked out 'like wow, man' airheads in about 6 to 8 months once they started smoking all the time. You have to be a dope to smoke dope, and if you are, you will get ever more dopey.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Smart11344 6/17/2019 2:50:56 PM (No. 100085)
I truly hate to think of being on this earth that I have never smoked pot. I don't think I have missed anything. I'm 75.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: belwhatter 6/17/2019 3:18:14 PM (No. 100112)
The dangers of marijuana have been grossly underestimated. Soros has been pushing marijuana use for decades as the avenue to legitimizing anti social behaviors and attitudes to implement his anti America ideology. A friend's son, now in his late forties, smoked medical marijuana for pains associated with severe diabetes. Though he thought it helped relax him, he has since become manic depressive, and when he hits the marijuana he hears voices in his head inducing paranoic behavior, dangerous to himself or his mother. Several times the EMTs have had to deal with him. It doesn't help that he lives in a sanctuary state with a large untreated mentally ill population. There are many lessons to be learned here.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: fairplay 6/17/2019 5:20:53 PM (No. 100178)
That's what the dems want!
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Heraclitus 6/17/2019 6:05:53 PM (No. 100200)
It's called "dope" for a reason. People who think they're "maintaining", that they're in control when high, are proof of the dopifying dopiness of dope. Why junk up your brain when you need every bit of your wits about you?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Catherine 6/17/2019 6:49:35 PM (No. 100216)
Alcohol is just as bad or worse yet it's legal and no one says diddly about it. People will get what they want any way they can. Simple as that.
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