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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
Letter of the Day

Letter of the day: Marijuana is a harmful drug

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Unlike produce, the marijuana industry is not monitored by the EPA or any other government agency. Therefore, the pesticide levels on the marijuana that is distributed are not verified. Further, there is no way to know if the pesticides used in the cultivation of marijuana are even legal to use in our country.

Second, research has shown the benefits of certain cannabis plant components, and they are available by prescription. Cannabis oil with little or no THC content has been found to alleviate symptoms from retractable seizures, and it is not smoked. Smoked marijuana (with no additives) has more carcinogens than tobacco and has been shown to cause deficiencies in immune response.

Let’s continue to research the beneficial properties of the cannabis plant and help those who truly need it and deserve it, not allow for another opportunity for crime and fraud with the cash business of marijuana. Remember pill mills?

Third, comparing alcohol to marijuana use is like comparing apples to oranges, and it’s worth noting that marijuana is the most detected illicit drug occurring in auto fatalities. Do they not matter? These numbers have increased in states that have legalized “medical” marijuana. Let’s remember that the potency of marijuana is now 150 to 700 percent greater than in 1970, from less than 1 percent to 20 percent and higher THC content depending on the strain. Youths’ use of drugs is directly correlated with their perception of harm and adult attitudes. Let’s not forget the drop in 6 to 8 IQ points for chronic marijuana users. Adults need to protect kids. Floridians need to be aware of what serious issues are potentially heading their way.

Dr. Jessica Spencer

Bradenton

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