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There are a lot of opinions about legalizing marijuana. More and more Americans support the idea. More and more states are making it legal, in spite of Federal law on the issue. My libertarian friends are big on the idea.

Is it addictive? Will we regret this?

Consider this from the NIH.

Marijuana use can lead to the development of problem use, known as a marijuana use disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases. Recent data suggest that 30 percent of those who use marijuana may have some degree of marijuana use disorder.18 People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults.19

Marijuana dependence occurs when the brain adapts to large amounts of the drug by reducing production of and sensitivity to its own endocannabinoid neurotransmitters.

In 2015, about 4.0 million people in the United States met the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana use disorder;3 138,000 voluntarily sought treatment for their marijuana use.28

The Democrats have a new moral crusade. It’s youth-oriented and free of identity politics. It’s got nothing to do with Trump, or Russia. Today’s Democrats are fighting for your right to get baked on marijuana.

If you’re skeptical, please understand that this is not just a plunge into unfettered hedonism. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) really said it all with his ostentatiously-titled Marijuana Justice Act, which decriminalizes the drug and also expunges older marijuana-related convictions. He’s one of a growing crowd of Democrats who are lining up to tout the economic and moral blessings that might flow from legal weed. This is about freedom, they tell us. It’s about opening opportunities to women and minorities. Frankly, we’ve just been very unfair to our spiky-leaved friend. Really?

Source: Why America will regret legalizing marijuana

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