“How to Regulate and How Not To”
Require testing and labeling for chemical content to tell consumers exactly what they’re getting.
(There’s more than just THC)
Require testing for microbes, pesticides, and heavy metals. Marijuana could be made safer by
keeping it free of contaminants.
Keep the price right, because if it’s too high the illegal market will remain. If it’s too low there could
be increased drug abuse and possible export.
It’s vital to monitor the process, measure the results, and modify the rules of this new commercial
Don’t allow the legal marijuana industry to market to consumers, or at the least have strict
Taxation should aim at raising price to reduce heavy use, but marijuana shouldn’t be looked at as
simply another revenue source.
“A Risky Habit We Shouldn’t Encourage”
Evidence suggests that cannabis is addictive for many and harmful to adolescents and to those at
risk for mental illness.
9% of people who use cannabis become addicted
The younger someone starts, the greater their risk of addiction is
Compared to nicotine, cannabis is less addictive but more harmful to brain functions (especially of
Regular cannabis use has been associated with an 8 to 10 point drop in IQ
It worsens cognitive performance
Cannabis use increases the risk for schizophrenia in people who have underlying genetic risk
Increasing use (which will happen with legalization) is just increasing the num