Money isn’t everything


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79 points

To the Editor:

Backyard Metropolis is a secure, clear, stunning city with a well-regarded college system.  Our Village, I believe, would gratefully forego “additional revenues” to doubtlessly discourage any use of marijuana, sending a really clear message to its kids, youngsters (and adults) that marijuana is something however innocent.

A couple of details from the Nationwide Institute of Well being:

1 – Lengthy-term marijuana use has been linked to psychological sickness in some folks, comparable to: short-term hallucinations, short-term paranoia and worsening signs in sufferers with schizophrenia.

2 – A number of research have linked marijuana use to elevated danger for psychiatric problems, together with psychosis (schizophrenia), melancholy, nervousness, and substance use problems. Current analysis* means that smoking high-potency marijuana day by day might improve the probabilities of creating psychosis by almost 5 instances in comparison with those that have by no means used marijuana.

3 – When folks start utilizing marijuana as youngsters, the drug might impair considering, reminiscence, and studying features and have an effect on how the mind builds connections between the areas obligatory for these features.

4 – Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and individuals who smoke marijuana steadily can have the identical respiratory issues as those that smoke tobacco.

5 – The Meals and Drug Administration has alerted the general public to a whole bunch of experiences of great lung diseases related to vaping, together with a number of deaths. Lots of the suspect merchandise examined by the states or federal well being officers have been recognized as vaping merchandise containing THC, the primary psychotropic ingredient in marijuana.

I, as I belief many, would get no pleasure from incremental revenues generated by gross sales of marijuana in our village.  There are sufficient issues in New York State (e.g. “bail reform”).  The legislature has succeeded in including one other.  Please, not right here.

Extra info will be discovered at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

*Di Forti M, Quattrone D, Freeman TP, et al. The contribution of hashish use to variation within the incidence of psychotic dysfunction throughout Europe.

Alison Parks


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