There is no such thing as medical marijuana. It’s the exact same product that people use to get high, recreationally.

Marijuana is addictive. Marijuana use disorder and marijuana withdrawal are disorders that addiction psychiatrists and drug counselors diagnose and treat each and every day. The marijuana distributed by the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry is at least four times stronger than the weed of the 1960s or 1990s. THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gets people high, is increasing and levels are reaching close to 99% as the marijuana industry commercializes.

Understanding how much the THC has increased is instrumental in understanding why we see one in three marijuana users developing a substance use disorder, and one in six youth and one in 11 adults that use marijuana developing a severe use disorder (aka addiction). In the midst of an opioid epidemic, when marijuana users are 2.75 times more likely to develop an opioid use disorder, we need fewer drugs — not more.

Sandee Kroon

North Platte