Our friends at the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview have published an excellent commentary on the negative effects of Marijuana-use.
John Stonestreet writes how, amid the national conversation about legalizing so-called “medical” and “recreational” Marijuana, one significant fact is being overlooked: Marijuana’s negative side-effects.
Stonestreet notes that, among other things:
- 1 in 11 young adults who begins smoking Marijuana will become addicted;
- Marijuana-use impairs working memory even when users are not acutely high;
- Marijuana negatively impacts brain receptors involved in memory recall, metabolism regulation, and similar functions;
This commentary comes as news agencies in Arkansas report a young man shot himself playing Russian roulette after smoking Marijuana.
Marijuana advocates like to claim Marijuana has never killed anyone, but this is misleading; we have documented time and again how many people have died as a result of driving while high; as a result of heart attack or stroke caused by heavy Marijuana-use; and so on.
Claiming Marijuana did not kill these people is a little like blaming lung cancer for a smoker’s death while ignoring tobacco. There’s simply no doubt anymore. Marijuana is a dangerous substance.
Stonestreet concludes his commentary on this dangerous drug by writing,
“So if you don’t care about eating, learning, remembering things, forming healthy relationships or having a happy life, by all means, light up! And, I should add, in light of all of these concerns, it’s reckless for policymakers and the voting public to jump on the weed bandwagon simply in the name of more ‘freedom’ and tax dollars.
“Friends, we were created for something higher than getting high.”
You can read Stonestreet’s full column here or listen to it below.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.
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