Marijuana use is soaring, and proponents of legalization claim that it is a safe drug that can treat diseases. But new evidence shows that marijuana use can be deeply harmful to mental health.

On Thursday, Heritage’s Senior Legal Research Fellow Paul Larkin hosted a conversation with award-winning author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson. In his new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, Berenson warns that advocates for cannabis legalization have misled America about the reality of marijuana. You can watch the event here.

What should the conservative position be on decriminalizing marijuana?

Comments (93)

John J Redden - April 19, 2019

Don’t legalize it!

Victor Andrews - April 19, 2019

My conservative opinion is never start using it, fortunately, neither myself nor my children ever did. But, current laws are over zealous, just plain stupid and expensive! The Drug War should end, unfortunately, many law enforcement budgets are greatly enhanced by enforcing marijuana laws and property seizures.

Bill Coates - April 19, 2019

The statistics on crime and on traffic accidents/violations in Colorado, before/after legalization, should be useful.
It appears that the losses and the enforcement costs will exceed the state’s revenue from the products.
Legalization is basically being pushed by political leftists who gain from a lazy welfare-dependent voting group, and by libertarians who are used by the left as ideological tools. Marijuana use will help leftists achieve the goal of the Cloward-Piven plan to collapse the nation by overwhelming the welfare system, as if they need that in addition to the illegal immigrants.

Lynne Schrom - April 19, 2019

Marijuana use, I have read, can create great problems with mental processing and I don’t feel it should be legalized for that reason alone. It reminds me of how safe and “cool” cigarette smoking was portrayed to be before the real information became public.

Duane Karjala - April 19, 2019

The marijuana being sold today is many times more potent than marijuana of 60 years ago. Marijuana induced psychosis is real.

Jay R Dykstra, MD - April 19, 2019

There is an increasing body of evidence indicating that marijuana is harmful when used as edibles or by smoking. Comparing it to alcohol is pointless. THC and CBD can be isolated & if needed for medical usage more research is required before prescribing can be standardized. Something so potentially hazardous should not be used or promoted for recreational use. Money & not benefits are moving the narrative.

Frederick D Allen - April 19, 2019

Pot should have never been made legal, medicinal or not. This is just a leftover hippie dream from the ’60’s. Guess you know who those would be…..the libbies.
There never was any evidence that I have seen that was substantiated by the medical profession to support medicinal use. More fake research.

Paul flynn - April 19, 2019

Drecriminalize marijuana. Educate the public on its negative aspects and move on to our important fiscal issues.

Alita R. Arnold - April 19, 2019

Simple…..NO,NO,NO to legalizing Marijuana !!

Louise Perrotta - April 19, 2019

The decision should be NO!
It is a DRUG…leads to worse drugs….it is a “crutch” – instead of facing your life, you rely on drugs.
A society full of “phased out” people is NOT a healthy society.

Mike T Bullington - April 19, 2019

a distinction must be made between THC and CBD. CBD is helpful for medical purposes. THC is useful for getting stoned. THC needs to be/remain outlawed. CBD needs to be legal.

Ann Donnelly - April 19, 2019

I am an advocate for the mentally ill, including my son. Legal pot is very harmful to the mentally ill. In addition to potentially promoting psychosis, as indicated by numerous recent studies, the mentally ill commonly self-medicate with pot, thus counteracting their valuable meds, threatening their living arrangements, and spending their scarce funds. George Soros has spent over $80 million to get legal pot throughout our country. Does that tell you how harmful it will be? Soros would like to see our nation dumbed own, unemployable, and unable to field a fit military. Do not promote recreational pot!

Richard Rogers - April 19, 2019

Would legislation requiring cannabis related treatments be reported to the CDC as other medical issues are tracked?
Coupled with law-enforcement reports, this could source strong educational efforts as to the true costs of legalization of marijuana.

Kent Nelson - April 19, 2019

Oz Nelson, Marijuana products should be subject to the same high standards the FDA uses in approving medicines. Legalization has led to more harms than I can list in this short email. The science is clear that these smoked, vaped and consumed products are doing great harm to users, particularly -but not limited to children. I commend Heritage for not falling under the spell of the marijuana industry and their 98% false claims of “pots” benefits.

CAROLYN HALL - April 19, 2019

I am completely against the legalization of marijuana, it leads to experimenting with other narcotics. I lost my beautiful grandson to drugs which started with be encouraged to smoke, then smoking marijuana and then to an overdose which took his life at 18. I agree with the sentiments of one of the respondents-NO! NO! NO! TO LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA OR ANY DRUG FOR RECREATIION!!!

Bobbie Holmes - April 19, 2019

The Lord gave each of us agency: what a risk He took! Church attendance in America is down, but someone interacting with an each individual involved with drugs, the truth that our bodies are sacred and the man who defiles his body, God shall destroy, might bear the fruit of personal responsibility in time. We can hope.-

Pat Ellis - April 19, 2019

USA has an Opioid Epidemic while states and congressmen work to legalize recreational marijuana!!! They do this for the Money from the sales! Money is worth more than human lives!!!

Deborah Doolittle Flentje - April 19, 2019

DO NOT DECRIMINALIZE IT! I am in Colorado and I can tell you these things:
Crime is up.
Driving under the Influence is up.
Auto accidents are up.
Illegal activity related to Marijuana has increased.
Colorado is now known as the “Pot is Legal State” and attracts people to our state who are addicted, homeless, have no initiative, are on welfare and food stamps, are criminals, and will be a burden on our State resources. Nothing good about it.

William Grey - April 19, 2019

Excellent discussion. I would like to be able to forward this to friends and relatives.

Bernard Giroux - April 19, 2019

In my opinion, the legalization of Marijuana is just one more nail in the coffin of the United States as a constitutional republic. No nuclear family; no God in Schools or in public; no early education surrounded by family and church; no real, basic education in the school systems about the country’s history and greatness, and its meaning; rampant hedonism; illegitimate births, abortion on demand; we have lost all sense of what is right, wrong, good, evil, self-esteem, intellectual curiosity, honesty, and loss of civic duty and responsibility based on being a U.S. citizen. Marijuana is just a means to an end: make them eat cake and we shall conquer them, sort of like Louis XIV.

Kathleen Parr - April 19, 2019

I Never Desired to smoke Pot…Granted there are some cases that medicinal Pot should be used…but, I have seen the effects of Pot…any progressive drug is not worth using … I have seen too many funerals and don’t forget watch your children in the Malls if you have to take them because someone could stick them and you wont even know it until they have a reaction…when a woman gives birth to a Baby …if she was a druggie the Baby could have siezures while being delivered…you definitely need medical Marijuana …
Be Aware!

jerry metcalf - April 19, 2019

It needs to stopped and now.

Eugene Gosch - April 19, 2019

Marijuana should be regulated similar to alcohol with even stricter control.

JoAnne Duke - April 19, 2019

What he says is so true! It is especially dangerous for young people, and can cause brain damage. For someone who might have the tendency, it can cause Schizophrenia.

Clarence Rout - April 19, 2019

I have seen first hand how marijuana effects people. They use it then they want a bigger kick and start using stronger drugs. It is all about money is why they want to make it legal. They don’t tell you how many lives they have ruined

Chris Chaffin - April 19, 2019

Legalize it. Nothing more to say.

Margaret Hopper - April 19, 2019

As an adult you will be accountable and responsible for any incidents resulting from your use of of cannabis. You will pay for damages done to others in your use of the product. And, yes, you will learn the difference between CBD oil and the smoked type. Use this new freedom at your own peril.

Ken - April 19, 2019

We must work to make sure that the best information gets into the hands of those who use this drug. I do not believe it should be legal for anything but medicine. It can be much more harmful than alcohol which has destroyed millions of lives.

James Koontz - April 19, 2019

Don’t do it!!

William Mikell - April 19, 2019

Being illegal makes it more attractive, Prohibition as an example. Legal or illegal, those who want it will get it. I say legalize by state. Liberty means having the Freedom to be a complete idiot, with the consequences of that choice. Not to mention the enormous power the “War on drugs” gives to the Federal Government to stick its nose into your business.

Mike Vander Ploeg - April 19, 2019

The positive out weigh the negatives bring it on.

Ellen Lamb - April 19, 2019

I just read the new (2019) book, “Tell Your Children the Truth About Marijuana.” Increased rates of violence and mental illness are just the tip of the iceberg! Read the book!

Charles Jastre - April 19, 2019

Since our earliest experiences with marijuana, most intelligent people have recognized the dangers and avoided what my generation called “wacky weed”.
Marijuana has not become any safer.
Unfortunately, later generations have become more gullible.

J NAT PRINCE - April 19, 2019

We have enough problems without adding marijuana into the mix. I am afraid it has gone to far now to be able to reverse the tidal wave released by the now generation. My grandson does not use it but voted for it to be in with his friends. Big mistake. I say no to decriminalizing marijuana. LOOK AT COLORADO ! IT’S THE MONEY !

Tal Noble - April 20, 2019

For years I have read the many credible medical reports on the serious dangers in the use of marijuana. And for years, the left has led the pack, looking away from the important evidence and doing all it can to legalize this deceptive drug.

This is but one of the now endless numbers of examples of how everything the left touches or gets involved with in any way, destroys just about everything in its path. It’s a long and dark history that is now descending on us, here and now.

Good luck, America. You’re going to need it.

Keith R. Ball - April 20, 2019

This is so interesting. I’m a Republican because I believe in freedom and our constitution. I don’t want more laws or restrictions, but I want an educated and strong society. I don’t want more gun laws. I want more education and training, so folks can choose whether to own a gun or smoke pot.

Franz Enciso - April 20, 2019

My daughter died of alcoholism (complications due to cirrhosis of the liver). She was only 51 years old. With everything considered, alcohol is potentially more dangerous than marijuana. People will always indulge in alcohol and marijuana, legal or not. Marijuana should be legal and dealt with in the same way as alcohol: be over 21 years, NEVER drive under the influence, and do not over drink or smoke. As a conservative, I believe in individual responsibility.

Roger Davis - April 20, 2019

By some reports many of the homeless have a mental illness. The psychiatric hospitals are already full especially since some were closed down for other purposes. As Bill Coates mentioned this seems to be another road to ruin this nation. As an example, someone else mentioned that gun control is not really about guns but control and along with AOC they are pushing in that direction.

Jane Wegener - April 20, 2019

Marijuana of today is much more powerful than years ago. It should never be legal.

Kevin S O’Donnell - April 20, 2019

I think that legislation should approve marijuana use, including its salient ingredient CBD only, for MEDICAL use only. Studies are showing that small titrated amounts of CBD can be used to treat PTSD and other medical conditions effectively. It could probably replace a number of other more expensive prescription medications available today. It could help reduce the spiraling cost increases caused by the greed-laden pharmaceutical industry, which has contributed to driving the cost of medical care upwards for many years.

Additionally, I feel all RECREATIONAL usage of marijuana should be banned, since it has been proven to damage the brain, in many ways unseen.

I believe God put everything on Earth for a reason, and that marijuana should be available as a prescription drug only.

Johnny Sides - April 20, 2019

I have worked thousands of men in my lifetime. Any man
I could not convince to not drink or smoke pot, etc. to excess
wound up with low pay part time jobs and poverty.

The biggest result of excess drugs is abject poverty.

The only one I ever saw successfully convince a man to quit was the Holy Spirit of Christ.

William Boone - April 20, 2019

Wow. Could I be so wrong?? After reading the comments I was not going to contribute but what the h…. I’m 66 and have been an advocate for legalization for 50 years. Marijuana is NOT physically addicting. Thats huge! It has medicinal properties and was in all Dr’s pharmacopeia prior to its classification as a schedule 1 narcotic. I believe it could help solve the opioid crisis given the chance. Not Physically addicting.
Explore the positives, regulate the negatives and decriminalize it. It is here to stay. That is for sure

James Fuscaldo - April 20, 2019

The states cannot legalize that which it has no jurisdiction over. The Supremacy Clause, the Interstate Commerce Clause and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act grants the Federal Government sole and exclusive power and control over the “legalization” of marijuana and other cannabinoid derivatives marketed for medicinal and curative purposes. The problem is the U.S. House of Representatives under Republican control in 2018 passed a 2019 appropriations bill that prevents the Justice Department from spending money to enforce Federal Law against the marketing, sale, distribution and use of marijuana (a continuation of the Rohrbacher appropriations amendment introduced during the Obama administration). This appropriations bill violates the “Take Care” clause of the Constitution that requires the Executive Branch (Justice Department) to enforce Federal Law. The appropriations restriction is therefore a direct unconstitutional assault on the President’s Article II authority under the Constitution. The President should draft an executive order authorizing the Justice Department to begin enforcing Federal Law against the marketing, sale, distribution and use of marijuana thereby nullifying any and all state laws allegedly legalizing marijuana. This will force Congress to “legalize” marijuana by amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

James Fuscaldo - April 20, 2019

The states cannot legalize that which it has no jurisdiction over. The Supremacy Clause, the Interstate Commerce Clause and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act grants the Federal Government sole and exclusive power and control over the “legalization” of marijuana and other cannabinoid derivatives marketed for medicinal and curative purposes. The problem is the U.S. House of Representatives under Republican control in 2018 passed a 2019 appropriations bill that prevents the Justice Department from spending money to enforce Federal Law against the marketing, sale, distribution and use of marijuana (a continuation of the Rohrbacher appropriations amendment introduced during the Obama administration). This appropriations bill violates the “Take Care” clause of the Constitution that requires the Executive Branch (Justice Department) to enforce Federal Law. The appropriations restriction is therefore a direct unconstitutional assault on the President’s Article II authority under the Constitution. The President should draft an executive order authorizing the Justice Department to begin enforcing Federal Law against the marketing, sale, distribution and use of marijuana thereby nullifying any and all state laws allegedly legalizing marijuana. This will force Congress to “legalize” marijuana by amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Hugh Bartlett - April 20, 2019

I agree with Berenson that pot should be legalized but with the same strictures as tobacco: printed warnings on all packaging and public health warnings on media regarding specific risks.
Hugh Bartlett, M.D.

Pineapple - April 20, 2019

Pot slows brain development in young people.

Jon Davis - April 20, 2019

I know police who say they notice a detereriorating difference in the minds of users they keep arresting over the years

Phyllis Eix - April 20, 2019

Get the word out through social media and hope that “a word to the wise” will be sufficient.

M. Anderson - April 20, 2019

I am a resident of Colorado which has authorized sale of recreational marijuana. I am not a user nor have I ever used it. However, I read everything available about its affect upon the human body. I believe those who use it medically need to have sources with appropriate control measures to assure safety and effectiveness. I do not support recreational use because of its detrimental affects upon the body, especially where it concerns the young. Why we would subject our young to such terrible risks is beyond my understanding.

P. Orr - April 20, 2019

My brother introduced me to hashish in the 70’s when I was only 14. I continued to smoke it until I was out of college and when I met my husband he encouraged me to quit. I’m so happy I did. Pot ruined my childhood, but not my children’s. My brother continues to use drugs after spending time in prison for distribution and it ruined his marriage. Two of three of his children have addiction problems and criminal records He started them on drugs when they were only 11. Like so many users my brother still maintains that his addiction is not a problem.

Jim Campbell - April 20, 2019

Yes, marijuana misuse can be harmful. Yes, people should not abuse their bodies.
No, I have no desire to use marijuana.
But marijuana use by adults should not be criminalized, because we are a society that believes in individual rights, even the right to do damage to ourselves. We’ve learned to deal with the scourge of alcohol abuse; we realized that Prohibition was a disaster. We’ll learn to deal with marijuana abuse as well.

dennis k dressler - April 20, 2019

This approval of mind altering drug for society is another Establishment attempt to control and take over the country, and in the states where it is legal it appears to be destroying the sanity of the people in those states. It is a disaster and must be stopped.

Sharon Kempfer - April 20, 2019

I stand with Heritage on not decriminalizing marijuana. Many years ago, young adults who had used marijuana were talking about the effects on their brains. The truth needs to continue to be told.

Royce Wallace - April 20, 2019

history of 1880-1900+ teaches our ancestors learned the dangers of various drugs, marijuana was part of the drugs outlawed during that time—we should learned from history of the dangers of wide use of drugs including marijuana.

Lorraine Yankovich - April 20, 2019

I have been an advocate for a long time for legalizing all drugs and having the issues with them be a medical issue not a legal one. Just like prohibition did not cure alcoholism, but caused the surge of major criminal enterprises, illegal drugs have created the atmosphere for cartels and crime. It hasn’t helped. We need a new way of dealing with the dangers of drug use, beginning with taking the drug dealer/gangs, etc out of the equation.

Carl Fisher - April 20, 2019

This whole movement is just another attempt by the left to weaken the country and bring it down…

Barbara/David Masoner - April 20, 2019

The interview broke down in the audio/video at about a half hour! I would like to hear more! So thankful for the apology offered to the author.

Harry Weisberger - April 20, 2019

Sorry, folks. The “Reefer Madness” message pushed by Berenson and others is just a holdover from a less knowledgeable past. I have had close, long-term opportunities to observe people who use Cannabis in moderation, and seen no evidence to mental illness, decreased mental ability and certainly no transition to truly dangerous drugs (“gateway drug.”) These subjects are my family, ex-wife, son and daughter, all healthy and productive. This should not be a political issue.

Linda Phare - April 20, 2019

I believe marijuana should be legal for medicinal purposes only, and with strict controls and reporting. I have seen someone in the final throes of colon cancer, and the oil (not smoked) was the only thing that gave her pain relief. But we need to hold doctors accountable if they misuse it.

Tal Noble - April 20, 2019

There should be NO legalization of marijuana. Why? I only ask that you examine the full range of medical evidence that is available on the subject. That’s all I ask.

The truth is waiting for all who are genuinely willing to seek it out.

Tom - April 20, 2019

I have always been against recreational use, but there is mounting evidence that THC – the intoxicant in marijuana may well provide some people with a cure for their cancers. CBD oil has all the THC removed and therefore does not provide the chemical that seems to shrink tumors. However, lab research is limited because it remains on Schedule1. Make research a priority and avoid knee-jerk moves that prevent medicinal use of marijuana. Recreational use should remain illegal and should be enforced regardless of state laws to the contrary.

Dennis Jenkins - April 20, 2019

If there is a medical use for Marijuana, yes it should be available to people. I think it should be decriminalized. Not sold in stores for recreation. If you want to smoke it, allow people to grow up to ten plants for there own use.

Elizabeth Houghton - April 20, 2019

No, no, no, no, and hell no!!

Dee - April 20, 2019

I do not believe in legalizing for recreational use. they can change the law to only fine those with 1 oz or less or let them go. Pot should never be legal except for medical reasons. driving accidents in states that did rose and insurance costs rose. More crime has happened in those states. kids get a hold of it no matter what. and they do opt for street sales because of the price of legal stuff. IT DOES AFFECT THE BRAINS. PREGNANT MOTHERS AFFECT THE BRAINS OF THE UNBORN CHILDREN WITH POT.

Bob - April 20, 2019

The greater danger is continuing to enforce laws outlawing marijuana. The war against drugs is an abysmal failure, billions of dollars wasted on it, otherwise innocent people put in jail for possession, basically subsidizing criminal activity and to what purpose? Illegal drug use is as big a problem now as ever. Marijuana is a big part of that war. Marijuana should be legalized and regulated the same as alcohol. It should be legalized not because it is safe but because to continue on this same path is irresponsible. For those losers who claim it is safe and has no harmful effects, they are delusional and better have another joint.

John C Smith - April 20, 2019

Don’t decriminalize pot.

Arlene Shako - April 20, 2019

I have read Alex Berenson’s book and have
given copies as gifts and urged all to read it.He is right on.
I believe marijuana should NOT be legalized for recreation and that for medical purposes more studies need to be done re: effects and countra indications re CBD oil.I live with chronic pain and I have never had a problem with opioids.If one follows the prescription and only uses it when one is in pain there isn’t a problem.The medical people are trying to shut out opioids and push marijuana .This is ridiculous.

Ronald R Ramseyer - April 20, 2019

There are some very serious issues here, some pro-legalization and some anti-legalization. The pro-legalization side has been, and continues to be, much more vocal and forceful in expressing their position than those opposed to legalization. On the anti side see also “Imprimis”, a publication of Hillsdale College publication from January 29, 2019, Volume 48, Number 1 article written and delivered at Hillsdale College on January 15, 2019 by Alex Berenson author of “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence”. He delivers a very convincing argument against legalization with back-up references on every page. As with all articles published in “Imprimis”, this can be used and reprinted with the credit line “Reprinted by permission from “Imprimis”, a publication of Hillsdale College”.

Ron Campbell - April 20, 2019

Legalizing Marijuana is insane. I have witnessed the harmful effects of alleged “casual use” of pot by numerous persons as well as a close family member. Their unfortunate addiction severely affected their job performances, relationships and ability to clearly think through and deal with critical situations. All of this occurred SUBSEQUENT to their reefer usage. In one instance, an equipment operator who gave no previous indication of substance abuse, attempted to drive a forklift through a personnel door causing a concrete wall to partially collapse. He later admitted to being a “casual” smoker of marijuana. Potheads can’t be depended upon.

Charles Paine - April 20, 2019

have always opposed the use of pot for recreational purposes. I have read several articles over the past few years that have demonstrated its harmful effects on the brain , especially younger people.

Mark Jean - April 20, 2019

The doors are open now. I feel we should decriminalize Marijuana.or loose control of it

I do think it needs to be regulated and with reduced strength of TNC. Just like alcohol.

Dallas Gladden - April 20, 2019

With all due respect to those with other comments I have read, Cannabis Should Be Legalized!
Marijuana is not the evil seducer of souls that it has been made out to be. And yes, it is about money. With every new product that comes to market there is the potential of profit or loss. And with the GREED of MAN, that will never change. Money and greed is what brought about the prohibition of cannabis in the first place. The MANY uses and medical benefits of this plant was already suspected when it was made illegal. And it was because of money and greed that prompted the restrictions made to cannabis. A plant that had the uses and healing abilities of cannabis could not be allowed to compete with the medical, pharmaceutical, oil, gas, agricultural, construction, clothing and food industries. Just to mention a few of its uses. It is not harmful to mental health but actually very beneficial.

The truth is, advocates for cannabis legalization, know first hand “That the American People have been lied to for decades, about the BENEFITS and USES of Cannabis. Just the opposite of what award-winning author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson says in his book.
As a Republican, I believe in freedom, and the Constitution of the United States of America as it was laid out by the Founders of our country. I am also a GOD fearing, bible believing Christian and raised my family to follow in the word of GOD when making their decisions in life, which they have done well.
As with everyone ever born, we have all fallen short of GOD’s expectations and our experiences in life have formed our beliefs. I do not judge anyone for what they think, say or do but pray they will find peace and understanding of GOD’s word through Jesus Christ.
To begin I have a severe stomach and intestinal disorder which has troubled me since birth, increasing in intensity as I aged. No doctor has ever been able to provide any relief. After getting out of the service I began consumming cannabis and found more comfort and relief, bringing me to a real state of ease and well being. Something I had never felt. I never felt paranoid or anxious nor did it make me have wierded out hallucinations. It never caused me to want to try something else or to be violent or to do harm to anyone. In fact, it helped me to become more spiritual and productive. I was already hooked on cigarettes and booze. Something I thought I would never be able to quit, but cannabis helped relieve those addictions too.

Laws are good and we must have them to keep social order and to protect the rights of others, but the restrictions that have been placed on marijuana are some of the ones that are the most ridiculous and absurd. If no one knew what this plant was and it were dicovered today, it would be hailed as the miracle cure of the century. After all, it was manifested by GOD.
People need to be educated and told the truth. The government and powers that be have lied and covered up the potential of this GOD given plant for to long. Just a little research of their own will cause them to see the cover up and lies they have been fed. “We Need a Strong and Unified Society; and if the republicans and conservative majority will wake up and learn the real truth about marijuana, cannabis or what ever name you want to call it, Then the Conservative Majority can take back the house and senate. What we need most is a CONVENTION of STATES so that we can once and for all get rid of the self-centered and morally corupt law makers what is good and what is not for our lives. What we need is truthful education and honest politicians.

Andrea Zug - April 20, 2019

I grew up in the 60′ and I don’t support the use of anything that changes brain function. I do support the use of the oil made from marijuana, that doesn’t contain any of the actual drug that can make changes to the brain. This oil is proven to help countless people without any of the side effects of smoking the plant. Not everyone becomes docile and happy when they smoke it. Many are not fit to walk let alone drive after use. Too many negatives to the smoking to legalize it and too many benefits of the oil without the side effects of getting high not to allow the use of the oil.

Linda Martin - April 20, 2019

There should be NO legalization of marijuana, “medical” or otherwise.

Richard Habenicht - April 21, 2019

As a conservative I am for localized decision making. The last thing I want is Federal involvement. As a patient under the care of a pain Dr. for years, I’m very excited about the use of Cannabis, particularly the effects of CBD in the relief of pain. It would be a welcome alternative to opiates – addictive and life threatening opiates.

Rod Monteith - April 21, 2019

Personal experience: My son went from co-operative A student to lethargic, distant D student upon taking up pot usage. He lost all ambition to excel.

will winn - April 21, 2019

“If you continue in my Word then you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

James McGinty - April 21, 2019

Abosoutly NO.

We have plenty of mood altering chemicals to put a temporary smile on ones face till it wears off, hooks you, does damage to your brain-body-and soul…e.g. Booze, beer, tons of drugs, illegal and legal, so why in the world do we need one more thing for our young and adults to use to get an unnatural high? No one dies or is injured at a comedy: show, movie, TV, person or laughing at something funny.

Chris Milord - April 21, 2019

Even if every vice is criminalized, there will always be those who want to try habits that can lead to addiction and negative behaviors. However, there is a need to regulate drugs such as marijuana as its use can lead to accidents, other drugs, etc. Medical marijuana also should be monitored and regulated within reason. The states that legalized marijuana might regret it someday because users can cause more vehicle accidents, Recreational users can also have their ambition and drive to succeed eroded to varying degrees and that can impact the workplace. It is important to regulate the production and distribution of this drug just as is the case with other drugs. Young people should be educated regarding the consequences of drug use and be encouraged to pursue activities that help one to be high on life in a natural way.

Kirk Bolton - April 22, 2019

Medicinal use of the hemp plant predates hippie dreams. With modern production of medicinal marijuana without the hallucinatory elements, the suffering of many has been ameliorated. Freedom to use this non-hallucinatory form of hemp for legitimate alternative medicinal use should be welcomed by government minimalists.

Edmunds Tucker - April 22, 2019

I would rather eat ‘medical’ manure, my own poop is safer than pot. My poop is not addictive, not toxic as it just came out, and lower calories, as it has been digested. Free and not infective. Poop is not a controlled substance. Poop not Pot.

Charles Martel - April 22, 2019

Marijuana should absolutely be legal for any adult. I am a conservative and this is the only possible choice for people that want to be free. This is a plant that grows wild people. Republicans could do so much else for the country if they would get off this idiotic moralizing about pot. All these silly anti-pot comments are just pointless talking points like democrats employ. If you don’t like pot, don’t use it, but leave me the hell alone.

Dr jeffrey kerner - April 22, 2019

Thank you so much for this presentation on marijuana of 4/22/2019. I will immediately purchase Mr. Berenson’s book. As a retired family physician I have been appalled at the total lack of input that my profession has had on this crucial issue. As a nation we are coming apart at the seams morally so adding another intoxicant to the brew is an additional tragedy. The drug issue is a powerful tool of the left to create more misery. Thank you again.

Louise Barron - April 22, 2019

Cigarettes are comprised of tobacco and many drugs,such as carbon monoxide, acetone, arsenic , ammonia and nicotine being the most familiar. We must stop the cjgarette industry were the cries heard from far and wide. Deeply dragging that smoke and nicotine into your lungs for many years. Diseases such as heart, lung cancer, circualtion problems resulting in gangrene etc.Why then would deeply dragging the smoke of pot which is comprised of more dangerous drugs like THC, that hallucinates, and 500 other drugs be OK. People are very confused. Furthermore, if you are suffering from lung cancer, do you really think smoking more drugs that are in pot will give you more time. Pot equals cancer and other diseases. No different than those nasty cigarettes. People wake the hell up. You’ve been had.

Louise Barron - April 22, 2019

Mass State Trooper Officer Thomas Clardy 2016 was killed sitting in his cruiser on the Mass Pike, when a pot smoker crossed all 3 lanes of the Pike and crashed into the trooper. He was killed instantly. The driver who killed the trooper had just filled his pot script from a medicinal dispensary in Brookline Ma. The trial starts Aug. 2019.The driver had pot in his system. The Trooper was a father 0f 7 children. THC is a hallucinogenic drug. You figure it out,

David A Barnes - April 22, 2019

I think that all drugs should fall under the medicine controlled by the Obamacare 3.0 that was voted into law by congress and signed by President Trump last year(aka opiorid abuse law).

James C. Fargo - April 23, 2019

Utilize Colorado as a living laboratory and conduct studies on the short and long term physiological and mental effects of marijuana use. Detailed analytical analysis of marijuana smoke needs to be conducted to identify components in the smoke that may cause cancer. Only when sufficient scientific data is available should decisions be made to legitimize use.

Edward J. Costello - April 24, 2019

Alcohol pretty much has these same negative effects, many over the counter drugs also have these effects, High school kids are born pharmacists.
The United States is the worlds leading market for these drugs, so, we all may be beating a dead horse! Many of my comrades in arms came home with this dreadful habit. Many people need it, will die without it and will kill to get it. There must be a solution to this dilemma. Dear Lord Jesus, please help us find it.
Eddie (Korea War Vet.)

Gerald Coury, Adj. Professor of Ethics - April 25, 2019

During and after my undergraduate and graduate work, I smoked marijuana for about 12 years. That was over 45 years ago. Two negative things happened: I tended to look for stronger types of drugs during that time and my ability to focus clearly and consistently has been hampered somewhat by that puff period in my life. At speaking engagements or teaching my students, I let it be known that this supposed innocent drug can have very negative consequences that last.

Sue Noble - April 25, 2019

Anybody who smokes this Mexican lettuce should be behind bars.

Case Closed

Jean D. Strahan - April 27, 2019

Strongly OPPOSE legalizing it.

Marijane Vandivier - April 27, 2019

Don’t Legalize another “escape” from the real world. The Medical field MUST do their duty & 1st…”Do No Harm”…by standing up & telling the truth. They failed us with tobacco lies or silence for so many years resulting in so many deaths. Don’t repeat that mistake!

Teriann Petti - May 7, 2019

I feel like it’s all about the money and not really about helping cancer patients with their pain….society is just getting dumber and dumber with legal marijuana.

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