Is it Risky to Legalize Marijuana Without Requiring Drug Education?

by Mike Miller January 2, 2014

I am not sure which is a greater problem in America today marijuana or prescription medication. What do you think? The trend currently is to legalize marijuana with a couple of states – Washington and Colorado – legalizing it for recreational use, and to make prescription medications more difficult to obtain.

Marijuana has been used medically, recreationally and spiritually for about 5,000 years. Did you know that marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals from 18 chemical families. More than 2,000 compounds are released when it is smoked, and as with tobacco, there are dangers in smoking it. As reported in well.blogs.nytimes.com.

The first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes was California back in 1996. Despite being legal, the medical marijuana industry did not take off for a number of years – primarily because doctors only were prescribing it for the very limited medical needs for which the bill required. These included AIDS, glaucoma and cancer.

Currently, medical marijuana clinics operate in 20 states and the District of Columbia. A Gallup poll conducted last month found that 58 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana.

We will continue to look at medical marijuana in future blogs. In the meantime, keep in mind that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug. If you or someone care about is using marijuana please educate yourself by taking a marijuana awareness class. If you prefer to take it from home, there are online addiction awareness classes too.

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