The issue surrounding marijuana to me is quite clear…people that need it deserve access to it, and people that don’t…well they don’t!
Marijuana users are 40% more likely to develop psychosis later in life. Long perceived as a relatively harmless drug, marihuana continues to show its complicated colors with yet another study pointing to the dangers of illicit consumption. Yet for every one study that shows the dangers of illicit consumption, it seems there are two that show the benefits of marijuana for medical usage. Perhaps we need to demarcate the lines between treatment and fun a little better, and get this "medicine" into the hands of those that can benefit from it, and this "drug" away from those to which it may do harm.
University of Cardiff researchers analyzed long term clinical data on marijuana usage and later incidences of psychosis, over a period of many years, and have linked the two with the data giving statistically strong causal results. Marijuana users have a 40% greater chance of developing psychosis later in life, and the more marijuana is used, the greater that risk becomes. Psychosis is defined a psychiatric condition in which delusions or hallucinations are present. Marijuana today is a very strong psychoactive substance, and it is not surprising that heavy usage of this substance would have some long term consequences.
We need to educate kids as to the potential dangers of the drug they are smoking, and get people to realize that today’s marijuana is serious stuff, and can cause long and lasting health implications. Too often I see the marijuana issue clouded by those that wish to smoke it illicitly, arguing for the benefits of medical marijuana…and to me this is apples and oranges; and just because something is medically appropriate, it doesn’t mean that’s it’s a good idea to use it on a recreational basis.
Policy makers, out of compassion and mercy, let cancer patients, AIDS wasting sufferers and glaucoma patients have the marijuana they need to make them feel better. To politicize the drug at the expense of these people is shameful. To everyone else, stop using the medical argument when all you really want to do is to use the drug to get high. That’s my 2 cents worth anyway.