I read the brief article in the Herald titled Whatcom isn’t No. 1 when it comes to marijuana sales. They referred to pot sales per capita, not pot use per capita, so I guess I wasn’t surprised that Whatcom wasn’t in the top 5. At least not any more unsurprised than I was unsurprised that 4 of the top 5 counties bordered on our neighboring states that coincidentally don’t allow pot sales. I’m guessing that Washington’s “legal” pot stores are the source for Oregon & Idaho’s pot consumers.
The sad trend though is the attitude of this article and what I heard on KGMI. Both seemed to follow the line that we really don’t use pot as much as you think and marijuana isn’t really as bad as you used to think.
Youth attitudes about pot
Marijuana use and access for students in grades six through 12 didn’t change much from 2002 through 2014.
But their feelings about pot have.
In most cases, the percentage of those who think regular use is harmful has been dropping since 2004.
That is a sad trend right there. At the same time that pot is becoming more and more available, especially through government sanctioned retail outlets, our youth are being led to wrongly believe that regular pot use is not harmful. Whoa, hold up, newsflash, pot is bad for you and long term use is more bad for you.
Marijuana also affects brain development. When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.
Marijuana’s effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.
For example, a study showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing cannabis use disorder lost an average of eight IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities did not fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults.
Why wasn’t that information in this cutesy Herald article? Our biggest local paper makes no mention of the serious detrimental effects that long term marijuana use. That’s sad all by itself.