Legalize recreational marijuana! they said. It’s not addictive! they said.
Twelve percent of frequent marijuana users experienced withdrawal symptoms after the effects wore off or they attempted to kick the habit, researchers report in a new study.
As marijuana is increasingly legalized and used across the United States, the potential for its use and misuse, as well as effects of both, has grown.
Personally, I would agree that the zero-tolerance marijuana laws of the 1980s and 1990s (the “just say no” era) were a bit too harsh. No reasonable person wants to see someone do a long jail sentence over a small amount of marijuana kept for personal use.
But now we have the opposite extreme, whereby recreational marijuana has become an industry.
Having grown up in the “just say no” era, I never thought I’d see the day when being a pothead is suddenly the new cool.
Live long enough, and you’ll witness all manner of absurdities.