Debunking the Myth that Marijuana is Safe
Updated: Sep 28, 2020
This resource from the SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) website debunks common misinformation about marijuana that contributes to the widespread believe that it is safe. Covering the financial motivation behind legislation, cannabis withdrawal symptoms, increased risk for car crashes and mental illness with cannabis use, the addictive nature of marijuana, the decreased satisfaction in life associated with regular marijuana use, and more, this resource shows the dangers to individuals and society of legalized marijuana. This page also features quotes from a 2019 congressional hearing on marijuana. The scientific community does not see marijuana as harmless.
Regarding youth, SAM points out "Cannabis food and candy is being marketed to children and are already responsible for a growing number of marijuana-related ER visits.[xxx]Edibles with names such as “Ring Pots” and “Pot Tarts” are inspired by favorite candies of children and dessert products such as “Ring Pops” and “Pop Tarts.” Moreover, a large vaporization industry is now emerging and targeting youth, allowing young people and minors to use marijuana more easily in public places without being detected."