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Mowie Wowie Lowers IQ in Teens



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No surprise to this Baby Boomer: Marijuana lowers IQ in teenage users.  From the Telegraph story:
Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are putting themselves at risk of   permanently damaging their intelligence, according to a landmark study. Medical marijuana, as I have written, should be legalized by the Feds changing the Controlled Substances Act so that it can be studied and prescribed as a treatment for maladies for which it is efficacious. (No not "stress!")  But recreational marijuana should remain against the law, if just a misdeamenor... Persistent users meant those who used it during at least three of the ages   from 18 to 38, and who said at each occasion they were smoking it on at   least four days a week. She said: “Adolescent-onset cannabis users, but not adult-onset cannabis   users, showed marked IQ decline from childhood to adulthood.
Marijuana is not a benign substance.  It is a drug. Medical marijuana, as I have oft written, should be legalized viq the Feds changing the Controlled Substances Act so that it can be studied and prescribed as a treatment for maladies for which it is efficacious. (No not "stress!")  But recreational marijuana, I think, should remain against the law, if just as a misdeamenor.


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