The amazing thing about this medical marijuana issue is not only what we are being told about its quote harmless nature, but more importantly what we are not being told.

There are many research studies that have been done that paint a very different picture than what we are being told by the supporters of this legislation. Here are just a few:

A long-term study was done in Australia that determined the effects of weekly use of cannabis on teens under the age of 17 years old. They were 60 percent more likely to drop out of high school; four times more likely to commit suicide; and five times more likely to move on to stronger drugs.

Another important long-term study that was done in Dunidin, New Zealand, of 1,037 individuals up to the age of 38. It found that “Persistent cannabis use was associated with neuropsychological decline broadly across domains of functioning, even after controlling for years of education. Informants also reported noticing more cognitive problems for persistent cannabis users.

“Impairment was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, with more persistent use associated with greater decline. Further, cessation of cannabis use did not fully restore neuropsychological functioning among adolescent-onset cannabis users.”

This would indicate that there may be long-term effects of its use.

Another study showed that for teens with a specific variant of the COMT gene, smoking the drug as a teenager increased their likelihood of developing psychosis by a factor of 10.

There are many studies that can be found at www.schizophrenia.com/prevention/streetdrugs.html#. This is a help site for families struggling with the issue of schizophrenia and not an anti-drug site.

The point is that rushing to legalize the use of marijuana may not be such a good idea. You think we have an opioid crisis in this country; we have an even greater crisis on the brink.

Webster Groves