An article today by: Christian Thurstone, M.D., reveals several truths not apparent to voters. 

The impact medical marijuana has had on our adolescent substance-abuse treatment program in Denver is profound.

Though proponents of legalization state that making pot legal is more likely to make it harder for teens to obtain pot, the 2009 boom in marijuana distribution coincides with a tripling of teens referred to our program.  

Currently, 51% of our patients report getting their marijuana, illegally, …. from someone with a medical marijuana license.

Youth are more likely: 1) to be impacted psychologically, and 2) to become addicted to marijuana.

Dr. Thurstone, not surprisingly, stated: “patient attitudes about marijuana are changing – and in ways that make it much more difficult for us to help them stop using the drug.  Recently, a teenage boy said he couldn’t stop smoking marijuana because “it is my medicine for anger.”” 

Even worse, a few young adult patients in treatment for marijuana addiction have marijuana licenses.  These patients struggle with addiction, conflicting messages from one physician who recommends smoking marijuana and another who recommends stopping.

We must act swiftly to prevent situations such as this from getting worse.

Christian Thurstone, M.D. is the Medical Director of Adolescent Substance Treatment, Education and Prevention at Denver Health and Hospital Authority and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver.

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Watching closely, working to understand all I may, in this "Age of Information", even from my limited view, I can see much of what's going on ..... and I oft see it's going to impact all of us which is why I share it. My focus is to expose evil, and to serve my Lord and savior Jesus in whatever way He shows me. If one waits long enough, better writers will come along and comment; it's just that I have so little patience with the evil that lurks among us and I've wasted so much time and now, there is so little left! WELCOME!
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