Marijuana – medicine or gateway drug?


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) In 2008, voters approved the use of medical marijuana in Michigan. In the years since, there has been an adopted relaxed perception of pot. How dangerous it can be, the effects it has on users, and how common it is to find.

The staff of Wedgwood Christian Services sees the effects of drug abuse every day. The organization offers inpatient, outpatient, and in-home adolescent substance abuse care in eight West Michigan counties.

Anthony Muller of Wedgwood says over the last several years, young people’s perception of harm and risk associated with marijuana has gone down. He says it started when Michigan voters approved marijuana for medicinal purposes. The perception is marijuana is less harmful for kids to use when, in fact, the THC level in marijuana is higher now than it used to be.

Dr. Lisa Lowery of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital helps break down some facts and perceptions of marijuana.

True or False?

  • Smoking pot is not addictive
  • Smoking pot doesn’t hurt anyone (ie: “my grandma gets it with her medical card”)
  • People smoke pot more than they do cigarettes
  • Smoking cigarettes is safer than smoking marijuana

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