5Marijuana use has risks. Some are well established; some are
probably real; some turn out to be mostly imaginary. The key
WHAT ARE THE RISKS
OF USING MARIJUANA?
|marijuana dependence and creating a need for treatment|
|overdose, fatal and nonfatal|
|emphysema and other respiratory problems|
|increasing the likelihood of future hard drug use (both
the “gateway effect” among youth and the effect of marijuana dependence; see chapter 11)|
|impaired mental health|
|adverse education and employment outcomes|
|effect of parental use on children|
Why is it difficult to measure the consequences of marijuana use?
Estimating the extent of marijuana-related damage to users, their
families, their neighbors, and the wider public is complex.
The hard truth is that the scientific community has not
reached a consensus on many of these questions, so both sides
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Book title: Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Contributors: Jonathan P. Caulkins - Author, Angela Hawken - Author, Beau Kilmer - Author, Mark A.R. Kleiman - Author.
Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2012.
Page number: 54.
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