A new White Paper on the impact of cannabis on the workplace has published a graph (above) showing the effect of legalising the medicinal use of cannabis in Colorado, 13 years after the referendum passed in 2000.
By 2013, the cannabis use by Coloradans aged 12 or more was 72% greater than for US citizens of the same age in other states.
“This alarming statistic is a warning to Australian states NSW, Victoria, and now Queensland, that legalising ‘medicinal marijuana’ could have very damaging impact on the whole of society,“ FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“The graph, from the 2013 US National Survey on Drug Use and Health, shows that marijuana use would rise in states adopting this policy – with resulting higher rates of serious problems including mental illness, road accidents, and cognitive and memory decline – especially in young people.
“Premiers Baird, Andrews and Palasczcuk may want their states to be ‘smart’, but this move would take them in precisely the opposite direction,” Ros Phillips said.
“Some medicinal cannabis products are already available in Australia, after going through a thorough vetting process by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This takes time, but is necessary to protect Australians from what is happening in places like Colorado. Legalising medicinal cannabis use by bypassing the TGA would send a dangerous message to young people that ‘crude cannabis is a medicine, so it must healthy’,” she said.
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