The Other Side of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana


Jan. 23 2018, Updated 10:32 a.m. ET

The other side

While marijuana legalization for recreational use is just gaining attention around the world, it’s also facing strong opposition. According to some, legalizing marijuana will just increase substance abuse.

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Teens and marijuana

Some groups are concerned that legalizing marijuana would make it even easier for young people to access the drug. In the above chart, you see that daily cigarette consumption among teens has dropped since 1997, but marijuana use has not.

Using cannabis before adulthood has been found to slow brain development and cause irreversible damage. According to the NIH, more than 11 million young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 used marijuana in 2014 in the United States, which could be why US regulators are so concerned about legalizing marijuana.

Medical marijuana players (VTI) such as AbbVie (ABBV), Insys Therapeutics (INSY), and Corbus Pharmaceuticals (CRBP) operate under tight regulation. Recreational marijuana promises to be tightly regulated as well.


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