Some people remain skeptical of marijuana, especially of the claims of its safety, and its benefit for your health.
And it's not just conservatives warning against recreational marijuana use, the science says cannabis use can literally drive people with a specific genetic marker crazy.
The results show people with this genetic marker who use cannabis are twice as likely to experience psychosis compared with those who use the drug but do not have the genetic marker. Among people who use the drug every day, the risk for psychosis increases sevenfold for those who have the genetic marker.
It's undeniable that abusing marijuana makes you lazy. While the effects of marijuana abuse are not as bad as other drugs, there are still long-term effects that users will have to deal with. Legalizing marijuana is a moral question. Should we make this psychoactive substance available to all adults? And if so, are we ready to deal with the consequences?
Police chiefs oppose marijuana legalization because there's no consensus on how to properly regulate the drug. One of the biggest worries is driving under the influence of marijuana. There's no marijuana equivalent for the breathalyzer, meaning police are unable to tell if marijuana users are too impaired to operate a car.
Despite all of these issues, supporters of legalizing marijuana argue that making the drug more widely available could actually reduce harm. It's a safer form of pain relief than opiates, and is nearly impossible to overdose on, in contrast with alcohol and opioid painkillers.