I am not sure I understand everything that is going on with this, but I am having a hard time understanding why Marijuana is being legalized and it potentially has such devastating effects on mental health, especially for anyone under 21 still undergoing brain development. There is no general discussion of this in the news and there seems to be a general acceptance that it is fairly harmless. My Nursing psych professor with more than 30 years experience and her PhD outlined in detail that just like addiction it can trigger all kinds of mental health issues in an individual to include psychosis but most often mild forms of paranoia. There are studies that show that mentally ill people are actually more likely to use marijuana, so it is hard to tell if it causes mental issues, makes them worse or simply goes hand in hand. The way that a lot of psych meds and marijuana counteract probably deserves a whole different discussion, but makes it all the more scarier when you think about the number of mentally ill in this country and the fact that they are out in the community on meds that we really need them to take and work to keep everyone safe. Everyone is focused on guns, but not on this and it seems to be every bit as important.
I guess I want to try to see what the general consensus is and if anyone sees more issues coming down the pike for us in the healthcare arena because of this? I understand legalizing to get rid of drug lords, but we have done a much better job as a society on teaching the downfalls of alcohol and cigarettes. We are legalizing marijuana and haven't taught a thing, and it doesn't look like we are going to.