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Marijuana legalization: Cannabis has downsides, especially for kids


December 18, 2020

Hayne Palmour IV • San Diego Union-Tribune

A billboard on Morena Boulevard advertises the MedMen marijuana store in San Diego.

There was a time in my life, in the not-so-distant past, when cannabis was immensely important to me.

Not because I used it - I've tried it but don't like the way it makes me feel - but because voters in California were being asked whether pot should be legal for adult recreational use. I took it upon myself to try to fully understand the upsides and downsides of the 2016 ballot initiative, so I could help readers make informed decisions.

The No. 1 worry I heard then was the effect that legalization would have on children. In fact, my position is the same as the one voters embraced when they overwhelmingly approved legalization: No one under the age of 21 should use marijuana. Nor should children be bombarded with cannabis ads.


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