Pubdate: Thu, 19 May 2016
Source: National Post (Canada)
Page: A9
Copyright: 2016 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: Ron Charach


Re: How Stoned Is Too Stoned, May 18.

As a psychiatrist, I don't see many marijuana success stories. I am 
concerned that the powerful new hydroponic varieties of weed and 
those always unpredictable edibles will be all the more impairing on 
alertness challenges like driving a car. The actions of marijuana on 
young, still developing brains can be damaging, especially in users 
who have strong family histories of addiction or other mental 
illness. Weekend recreational use is one thing, daily use quite 
another. When all is said and done, I am warily in favour of 
legalization, if only because jails and criminal records are worse 
for your well-being than soft drugs. Here's hoping that even more 
widespread marijuana use doesn't do to our society what vodka has 
done to Russia.

Ron Charach, Toronto
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