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Two top doctors say legal marijuana should be banned for Americans under 25 years old because the drug hampers the developing brain.
Cannabis is legal medically in over half of the US, and recreationally in 10 states and Canada - with other states expected to follow in the coming years, including New York and New Jersey.
Drug - Scientists - Access
We still know very little about what the drug does to humans because it has been illegal, making it difficult for scientists to get access to study it.
But Dr Kenneth L Davis, CEO of Mount Sinai Health System, and Dr Mary Jeanne Kreek, head of the Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases at Rockefeller University, warn that the few studies we do have all suggest weed deals a heavy blow to teen brains.
Op-ed - New - York - Times - Drs
Writing in an op-ed for the New York Times, Drs Davis and Kreek call on lawmakers to focus their attention on imposing an age limit to protect young people, before considering how to tax the incredibly lucrative product, or how to 'breathalyze' high drivers (which is nowhere near as simple as with booze).
'It’s tempting to think marijuana is a harmless substance that poses no threat to teens and young adults. The medical facts, however, reveal a different reality,' they write.
Marijuana - Prescription - States
In 2010, marijuana was barely legal, marginally available via prescription in 17 states.
But in the last eight years, that has changed: legalization has swept North America, partly in response to the opioid epidemic, amid soaring demand for alternatives to addictive painkillers.
States - Canada - Marijuana - October
Now, it is legal in recreationally in 10 states, and medically in 33. In Canada, where marijuana was legalized recreationally in October...
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