The public , including those in elected office, seem to assume that the expected prohibition on sales and use by underage persons will somehow be enough to limit the damage.
The field is getting accustomed to patients arriving in addiction treatment complaining of problems with prescription opioids, stimulants, sedatives, etc, while actively enrolled in medical cannabis programs.
I don’t think there are any health benefits associated with the practice; it’s purely about getting high.
If someone is experiencing problems with pot, fine, get them help. But locking them up? Feels like smashing a bedbug with a sledgehammer.
That’s not to say the perceptions of cannabis as health-improving aren’t important, but post-legalization, it’s mostly a marketing tool.
…just as repeal of Prohibition didn’t make alcohol any safer for popular use… neither will legalization remove the risks associated with cannabis.
A big cannabusiness just purchased two hundred acres in Tularosa, Otero County, claiming that will eventually be the nation’s largest dedicated parcel.
That industry will do everything in its power to create and sustain the biggest possible population of chronic stoners.
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.