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Report Confirms Marijuana is Dangerous – Issue 3 Vote is Tuesday, November 3

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cannabis-plant public domain 440 x 292If State Issue 3 is approved in the Ohio election this Tuesday, November 3, Ohio will become the first state east of the Mississippi River to legalize recreational (and medicinal) marijuana, and grant a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana. A long list of opponents of Issue 3 includes nurses, doctors, hospitals, educators, child advocates, police officers, addiction counselors, businesses, and faith leaders. One such opponent of Issue 3 is the American College of Pediatricians (the College).

The American College of Pediatricians documents the harmful effects of marijuana use in its statement, Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Children, and urges parents, educators and healthcare providers to warn our youth about them. The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area has monitored the impact of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado for over a decade. The most recent report (“The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact”) notes that by 2013, marijuana use in Colorado was 55% above the national average among teens and young adults, and confirms legalization resulted in increased use.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the College stated, “The belief that pot is harmless is a dangerous myth. Marijuana’s impact on the teen brain leads to an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, sexual victimization, academic failure, permanent loss of IQ, psychopathology, addiction, and psychosocial and occupational impairment.” She added, “And the accidental ingestion of edible forms of marijuana by toddlers is increasingly landing them in pediatric intensive care units.”

The American College of Pediatricians urges policy makers to place the welfare of children first and maintain legal restrictions on marijuana.

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