Smokescreen On Medical Marijuana (guest View)

It is not a bill related to the scientifically tested medicinal components of marijuana. It does nothing to address the federal issues related to legally obtaining the medicinal components of marijuana currently being tested. Marijuana remains the primary illegal drug of choice in Iowa for both adults and youth. Messaging by special- interest groups and legalization laws in other states are already impacting Iowa. The proportion of Iowans (adults and juveniles) entering substance-abuse treatment primarily due to marijuana use has reached its highest point in 20 years. Colorado- sourced Iowa law enforcement marijuana interdiction stops increased from 10 percent in 2010 to 36 percent in 2012. According to the National Institutes for Health, workers testing positive for marijuana have 55 percent more accidents, 85 percent more injuries and 75 percent more absenteeism. The internationally recognized Dunedin study demonstrated that persistent adolescent marijuana use can cause a long-term 8 point drop in IQ. Quitting or cutting back did not fully eliminate the IQ loss. Young people will experiment with available drugs. Any laws making crude herbal marijuana legal, whether controlled or not, will increase availability to our youth.
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