Pot perception a myth

Due to the legalization of medical marijuana, over the past several years, there has been a decline in the perception of harm around this drug. People think that if it has medical value, it must not be dangerous.

That is a myth.

All drugs, whether illegal or legal, have the potential to be dangerous, particularly in the hands of children and teens.

Here are some indisputable facts:

– Using marijuana puts children and teens in contact with people who use and sell other drugs. So, a person who uses marijuana is more likely to be exposed to and urged to try other drugs.

– Teens that use heavily into adulthood show a permanent drop in IQ of 8 points.

– Teens that use are consistently associated with poorer academic grades and risk of dropping out.

– One of six teens that use will become addicted.

– Teen use is associated with increased depression, schizophrenia, psychosis and other mental health disorders.

– The marijuana use rate among Colorado teens is 50 percent above the national average.

– Marijuana use by teens has a direct negative impact on the developing brain.

As a parent, there is no way I would want this for my child, would you? Know the facts and don’t get swept up in the hype. Marijuana use is dangerous.

Jessica Wyant