Sheila Polk's "My Turn" article warning of the highly addictive powers of marijuana made me stop and do a double take at the absurd, antiquated statements, until I saw her credentials.
I am by no means supporting marijuana use by children. However, I found it interesting that Ms. Polk failed to mention that alcohol, which is much more accessible, and far more dangerous than marijuana.
Ms. Polk is taking the blue road of law enforcement, who will do and say anything to try and revoke and prevent the legalization of marijuana in any form - be it medical, decriminalization or full legalization. To say that "marijuana starts the user on a downward life trajectory, affecting IQ and cognitive development, mental health , education attainment, delinquency and social growth" is absurd and if true, means most of our college students would be imbeciles.
This is a good lesson of checking your facts and your sources people and recognizing that just because it's in the print, doesn't mean it's true. Shame on you Ms. Polk.