May 8, 2023 | 5:08 p.m.
Oops: A massive new study proves that the normalization of cannabis use is an ongoing social disaster.
You have to be under the influence – of a toxic ideology, if not the pot itself – to ignore the evidence.
Researchers analyzing 6.9 health data million people have linked weed use to dramatically increased rates of mental illness in adolescent males, including up to 30% of schizophrenia cases in young men.
The trend represents not only greater use, but the increasing potency of weeds and weed products.
This will only continue to increase as the profit motive and industrialization of production, now that it is so widely legalized, favor the delivery of ever more concentrated THC (the psychoactive chemical in weed) to users.
Schizophrenia is one of the most serious and tragicpsychiatric disorders.
It can be treated, but patients often go off their medication, become homeless or semi-homeless, and terrorize public spaces before injuring or killing themselves or others.
So the sheer size of the study and the magnitude of the effect should cause the roughly 70% of Americans who generally support legalization to look in the mirror.
Including policy makers.
Here in New York, the legal weed rollout has been a total disaster.
With few legitimate stores, illegal stores have sprung up everywhere.
They are the target of crime, with violent robberies in these places having massively increased this year.
It’s a far cry from the “fairness” paradise that Albany leftists promised to legalize.
And there is zero way to ensure that stores follow the law on selling only to people over 21.
But the biggest problem is the standardization weeds.
Especially for impressionable teenagers, precisely the group most at risk here.
The numbers prove it.
Emergency calls related to pot use among 6 to 18 year olds have jumped 245% since 2000. In just one NYC addiction clinic, 95% of recent admissions were cannabis-motivated.
Anti-drug laws keep society together.
Abandoning them does not create equity: it deteriorates everyone’s quality of life.
The new study shows that it also destroys people’s mental health.
So remind us: Exactly What is the justification for continuing on this path?