Addictions are complex. Considering the various risk factors, it’s likely that marijuana will appear to act as a gateway to harder drugs for some users, but not others.
The next big step would be the appearance of cannabis products, edible and perhaps smoked, on the shelves of large chain retailers and pharmacies.
I assume high school is no less boring than it ever was, and it would be a real temptation for some kids to just stay buzzed throughout the school day, while earning praise for avoiding tobacco.
The issue isn’t about getting stoned. It’s about whether the product is actually benefiting the customer who purchased it.
If we’re going to rely on science in decision-making, we should at least make certain it’s good science.
…we should be looking at modifying our historical approach to the addicted cannabis client, away from emphasis on legal consequences and mandated compliance, and towards a more patient-centered model.
Substance Use Disorders don’t appear overnight. People who develop them may use for months or years or even decades before they seek help.
…actually more of an issue now than in the 80’s, because of the presence of super-powerful opioids like fentanyl or carfentanil, and the growing risk of unintended overdose.