Fledgling research shows health risks, benefits of legalized marijuana

If Michigan voters approve November’s ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, little is definitively known about how it would affect the health of users in the state because cannabis research is scarce and still developing.

Researchers fear that people under 25 years old who regularly ingest or smoke pot over a long time eventually could hurt their brain development, among other issues. By contrast, some scientists are excited about marijuana’s potential to relieve pain, treat post-traumatic stress disorder and aid in the recovery from opioid addiction. 

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