Dis­mayed by pot fix

The London Free Press - - COMMENT - Sally Tay­lor Dorch­ester

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle Fix for pot’s im­pact on

teen brain (Sept. 13).

I read with shock and dis­may that a team of West­ern Uni­ver­sity re­searchers is boast­ing the dis­cov­ery of a po­ten­tial way to re­verse mar­i­juana’s long-term psy­chi­atric ef­fects on teens’ brains. The amount of money and time devoted to re­vers­ing the ef­fects of a cur­rently il­le­gal act is ap­palling to me. Don’t le­gal­ize a prod­uct that has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to harm the de­vel­op­ing brain.

What is even more fright­en­ing is that the so­lu­tion lies in the use of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs. The only in­di­ca­tion that some­thing pos­i­tive may come out of Steven Lavi­o­lette’s study (although it seems more like an af­ter­thought) is the sug­ges­tion that his team may now look at aid­ing le­git­i­mate dis­or­ders such as de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, men­tal ill­nesses that ex­ist with­out cause.

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