A Blunt Discussion About Marijuana: Drug Has Risks, Benefits

A family physician and a patient provided their perspectives on the risks and benefits of medical marijuana during the 2015 Family Medicine Experience in Denver.

Source: A Blunt Discussion About Marijuana: Drug Has Risks, Benefits

According to a 2013 survey(www.samhsa.gov) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 5.7 million Americans use marijuana daily, up from 3.1 million in 2006. Nineteen percent of Americans ages 18-25 indicated in the same poll that they had used marijuana in the past month. The drug is linked to nearly 500,000 ER visits annually.

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