The message to teens as states legalize marijuana is that “legal” means “safe.”
Those pushing legalization will continue to argue that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol. Those fighting against Ballot Measure 2 will cite recent studies showing brain damage occurring in adolescents who use marijuana on a regular basis. (New England Journal of Medicine, June 4, 2014.)
But regardless of debates, arguments for and against, teens are concluding that because something is legal it also must mean it’s safe.