Ev­i­dence of harm

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This more lim­ited and cau­tious ap­proach to the le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana finds fur­ther sup­port when one con­sid­ers the ar­eas for which there is “sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence” of mar­i­juana’s health harms. Specif­i­cally, the study found a cannabis smok­ing and the fol­low­ing: worse re­s­pi­ra­tory symp­toms and more fre­quent

bron­chi­tis episodes; in­creased risk of mo­tor ve­hi­cle crashes; lower birth weight in chil­dren; and the de­vel­op­ment of schizophre­nia or other psy­choses, with the high­est risk among the most fre­quent users. How can it be sound pub­lic pol­icy to le­gal­ize recre­ational mar­i­juana when

ev­i­dence sug­gests will lead to more peo­ple suf­fer­ing re­s­pi­ra­tory is­sues, dy­ing ac­ci­dents, hav­ing healthy ba­bies, and de­vel­op­ing cer­tain forms of men­tal ill­ness?

Oh, by the way, on that last harm, for which there is sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence, while there is con­flict­ing ev­i­dence whether those who suf­fer men­tal ill­ness are more likely to com­mit vi­o­lent crime, there is strong ev­i­dence that those who suf­fer from men­tal ill­ness

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