As the author of Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Boulder-based Dr. Rav Ivker is among the country’s best-known and most respected advocates on behalf of medical marijuana. But he’s wary about weed consumption in a number of circumstances, warns that pot addiction is real, and is so against the consumption of powerful concentrates that he supports banning them.
“I think they should be illegal,” says Ivker, who practices at Fully Alive Medical Center. “In fact, I hope they become illegal. The only thing they’re good for is getting really high. But they’re high-risk, and there’s really no benefit from them.”
Although many proponents have argued for ages that marijuana isn’t addictive, studies conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse maintain that 9 percent of users will become dependent — and that number rises to 17 percent for those who began consuming cannabis while in their teens.
Ivker believes these figures, which were given new life in recent weeks thanks to a widely syndicated Washington Post story. “I address them in my book,” he points out. “I have the exact same statistics. So this is real.” [Read more at Westword]