Officials: Marijuana Not Healthy And Shouldn't Be Legalized For Medical Use

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Legalization of marijuana for medical purposes has been a hot topic in Kentucky.

Some users say it helps them.

"I started to self-medicate using marijuana, and it helped me be a lot calmer person," Logan Anderson said.

But critics and a study from the Food and Drug Administration say it could make their conditions worse.

"It's not a useful drug and it can cause permanent brain damage. It causes health problems including cancer, and the risk of motor vehicle accidents when you're using marijuana skyrockets," said Thomas Loving, director of the Bowling Green Warren County Drug Task Force.

As for it being legalized in the Commonwealth...

"I don't think it'll go anywhere anytime soon," Loving said.

But people like Anderson continue to do it, and often can get away with it

If someone were walking down a public sidewalk smoking marijuana, they would get in trouble with police, but Loving said that a common misconception is that they would stay in jail for a while. He said they don't.

"They don't want to pay the cost involved to incarcerate people," Loving said.

He also said punishment should be based on a case-by-case basis.

While some are positive that it will be leagalized soon.

"When they wrote me a citation, they told me that five, ten years from now, we'll be laughing at that situation, and they won't even be writing citations for that anymore," Anderson said.

For now...

"Possession of marijuana is a crime in Kentucky. Period," Loving said.
17 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CURRENTLY ALLOW MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL USE.
ACCORDING TO A "KENTUCKY HEALTH ISSUES POLL" FROM MAY... ALMOST EIGHT IN TEN ADULTS ARE IN FAVOR OF RESIDENTS USING MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES IF THEIR DOCTORS RECOMMENDED IT.



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