For Your Health: Legal marijuana use has unexpected drawbacks

The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in California for adults over age 21. This new law is expected to benefit local and state budgets through a variety of taxes and regulatory fees applied to the growing and selling of marijuana and the new jobs it will bring. For some, marijuana-related convictions are being downgraded or erased, easing the burden on our criminal justice systems. While these changes appear to be positive, there may be some unexpected drawbacks.

Because marijuana use has been illegal in the United States for decades, it has not been well studied and its overall safety remains a topic of debate for many medical professionals. One area that is not debated, however, is the safety and the serious risks marijuana poses for children.

One of the active compounds producing the “high” associated with marijuana is called THC. THC can be removed from marijuana, dissolved and concentrated in

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