HARTFORD — With surveys showing marijuana use among youth in on the rise, substance abuse prevention groups gathered at the Legislative Office Building on Monday to launch a pre-emptive strike against any move to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
“We should not consider marijuana innocent until proving guilty given what we already know,” said Dr. Sandra Carbonari, a Waterbury pediatrician and immediate past president of the state’s chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Increased access for adults will increase access for youths, regardless of age restrictions.”
She cited research showing diminished memory, judgment and academic ability among youths who regularly use marijuana, along with a fivefold increase in the likelihood of using more dangerous drugs including heroin compared to their peers who don’t smoke pot. [Read more at The Day]