Fact Sheets

Scientific White Paper on Marijuana Harm to Health

Overview: Marijuana is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug from Cannabis plants that produces a euphoria or “high” in users. Pro marijuana advocates are stating that marijuana is a safer alternative to alcohol consumption. This is not based on facts, and should…

Negative Health Consequences of Marijuana Use

Marijuana addiction: According to NIDA, about 9 percent of marijuana users become addicted to marijuana. 1 An estimated 2.7 million people 12 years of age and older meet criteria for dependence on marijuana. 2 Early and regular marijuana use predicts…

Marijuana and Fetal Harm

According to a 2013 Academy of Pediatrics report, prenatal exposure to marijuana can cause behavioral, cognitive, and achievement problems in the adolescent.1 However, detrimental effects could occur much earlier. For example: When used during the first month of pregnancy, cannabis could…

Marijuana And Drugged Driving

Underage college students who used marijuana are 6.24 more likely to drive after marijuana use compared with those using only alcohol.1 Driving under the influence of cannabis was associated with a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle collisions compared with non-users…

Marijuana Use In Teenagers

Regular cannabis use during adolescence is related to: Brain damage in areas that develop during late adolescence and underlie language processing anomalies and psychotic features such as auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia. 1 Decreased function in the region of the brain…