On Thursday, March 20, Arkansans spent record amounts of money on so-called “medical” marijuana, according to news sources.
Arkansans reportedly spent $565,000 on 92 pounds of marijuana.
Marijuana is big business in Arkansas.
The state’s “medical” marijuana amendment is so open-ended that practically anybody can buy and use marijuana.
Marijuana use is tied to a host of health problems.
A 2019 study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions found that marijuana addiction among young people is tied to increased risk of heart problems.
A second study found regular marijuana use increases a young person’s risk of suffering a stroke.
A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found marijuana use may increase a person’s risk of dying from hypertension more than threefold — and that the risk increases with each year a person smokes marijuana.
Marijuana use is tied to stroke as well as permanent loss in IQ and an increased risk for schizophrenia.
That’s part of the reason why the U.S. Surgeon General has issued warnings about marijuana.
As we have said for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.