Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed that is adopted from his new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.”
As legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illness....
Over the past 30 years, a shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign has made Americans more tolerant of marijuana. In November 2018, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational cannabis use; New Jersey and others may soon follow. Already, more than 200 million Americans live in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. Yet even as marijuana use has become more socially acceptable, psychiatrists and epidemiologists have reached a consensus that it presents more serious risks than most people realize.
Despite the science, the hippy-dippy left and don't-touch-my-junk libertarians keep pushing not just for marijuana's legalization, but also its normalization. And not just as a wonder drug for everything from tummy aches to epilepsy. Weed is cool. Just as, years ago, smoking cigarettes also was cool.
In Illinois, some politicians such as Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, see the legalization of recreational marijuana as a way to prop up under-funded government employee pensions. No need to consider the health benefits. So while good health demands everything from food labels to the banning of ecigarettes, we're supposed to ignore the science that concludes that weed is dangerous.
Consistency is not our strong suit.
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