More than 80 percent of Americans believe that the United States should allow recreational marijuana use, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
But what about the myths and misconceptions surrounding recreational marijuana?
Here are some common myths and why they’re often harmful to public health.1.
Recreational marijuana causes violence and accidents.
“Marijuana is dangerous,” Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe told a crowd of supporters outside the Capitol in March.
“I think we’ve got a lot of marijuana users who are going to kill themselves because they don’t know what they’re doing.
They’re going to get in trouble.
And they’re going, ‘Hey, I don’t like the fact that I’m getting high, I’m smoking marijuana.'”2.
Recreant marijuana is just like alcohol.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that alcohol causes 4,000 fatalities per year in the U.S. and another 9,000 in Mexico.
Recreants, however, have reported far fewer deaths.3.
Recreations can make people addicted.
An estimated two million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from an alcohol problem.
In California, for example, an estimated 13 percent of adults have an alcohol dependency.
Recreated marijuana can be a gateway to substance use, as users may believe it to be safer than alcohol, said Dr. Kevin Sabet, co-founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.4.
Recreanting marijuana will be more addictive than alcohol.
A 2013 study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that recreational marijuana users had an increased risk of addiction compared to those who used alcohol.5.
Recreating marijuana could increase crime.
In 2012, a survey conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance found that only 25 percent of people who had used recreational marijuana reported that they had committed a crime in the past year.
A 2015 analysis of data from the Drug Enforcement Administration found that of the approximately 1.3 million marijuana arrests in 2015, only 14 percent resulted in a conviction.6.
Recreation is harmful to children.
According to a 2014 survey conducted in New York by the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, nearly 90 percent of parents of children under the age 13 said they were worried about their child’s use of marijuana.
The survey also found that nearly half of parents said they wanted to stop their child from using marijuana altogether.7.
Recreatory marijuana has no medical value.
Recreates are not medically valid, according the Drug Education Network.
“Marijuana has no FDA-approved use in medicine, and it has not been approved for human therapeutic use,” the organization said.
“It is, however a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of certain chronic diseases.”8.
Recreators have no right to make their own rules.
According a 2013 study conducted by researchers from Duke University, states with legal recreational marijuana have a rate of addiction rates as high as those in states with legalized recreational marijuana.9.
Recreative marijuana can lead to crime.
The Drug Enforcement Agency says that about 2.6 million people are arrested annually for marijuana-related offenses.10.
Recreancers have been proven to be violent.
In a 2012 study conducted in Colorado, researchers found that one-third of all adults who use marijuana have been involved in a violent incident.
Some studies have also found an increase in violent crime in Colorado after recreational marijuana was legalized.11.
Recreateur’s can get addicted to their weed.
According the Drug Abuse Warning Network, a 2016 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that about 8.7 percent of the adult population between the ages of 18 and 64 had used marijuana.
Twelve percent of those who have used marijuana had tried more than one substance at some point in their lives.12.
Recreateurs should not be allowed to sell their marijuana.
Recreators should be prohibited from selling their weed to others, including their friends and family, the Drug Information Service said.