Adolescents may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of marijuana (dagga) because the adolescent brain continues to develop until the age of 25.
"when it comes to recreational use, the problem becomes one of how much you are smoking and for how long. Studies have shown that regular users can develop cognitive and behavioral problems, and an increased risk of anxiety and depression."
The Charge (Poem on the Decriminalisation of Dagga in South Africa)
Corona beer maker Constellation Brands will pay $4 billion to increase its stake in global medical cannabis company Canopy. Canopy CEO Bruce Linton answered questions about the Constellation deal, strategies for international expansion and whether big alcohol companies should be afraid of marijuana.
Drinking alcohol, even a light or moderate amount, increases the risk of several common cancers. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) issued a statement identifying alcohol as a "definite" risk factor.
A study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found drinking alcohol in moderation is more harmful than previously thought. The study analyzed information from millions of people in nearly 200 countries and found that alcohol is tied to nearly 3 million deaths globally each year, with about 1 in 10 deaths linked to alcohol use.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says he doesn’t rule out recriminalizing marijuana, as the crime rate has been rising since recreational use of the drug was made legal in 2014.
Texas released its report on child abuse deaths with half the 172 child abuse deaths in 2017 coupled with substance abuse. Marijuana was the most used substance connected to child abuse and neglect deaths, followed by alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine.