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How Can Marijuana Be Sold Safely?

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCL 1295
Professor
lisapal
Semester
Winter

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“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   market. Don’t allow the legal marijuana industry to market to consumers, or at the least have strict  advertising limits. 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  younger people) 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
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