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Marijuana use is unsafe

Roni Caryn Rabin’s article on the health effects of marijuana use (“Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns,” New York Times, Jan. 7) reflects the confusion of the messaging surrounding the drug as it morphs from a criminal justice issue and into a public health one. 

Encouraging teens to hold off on trying marijuana until they’re older, in lieu of teaching them that marijuana is dangerous, is irresponsible. Teenagers and young adults need stronger guidance. Effective public health initiatives, such as smoking cessation, require simple, clear messages that are consistent, repeated often, and actionable – there is no room for nuance. The message should be clear: marijuana use is unsafe.

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