A pro-marijuana billboard put up outside the Broncos’ stadium prior to tonight’s NFL opener over simplifies the safety of both marijuana and alcohol according to doctors with The University of Kansas Hospital.
Toxicologist Dr. Stephen Thornton, medical director of The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center said while there has been a lot of research on the effects of alcohol and consumers know exactly the potency of what they consume, the same cannot be said about marijuana.
“You don’t know the potency of marijuana, it’s not regulated, nor has it been thoroughly studied,” Dr. Thornton explained. “Medically speaking, the jury is still out on marijuana. While we do know many immediate, negative side-effects to marijuana, there are likely many more long term consequences, as well.”
Dr. Lee Norman, chief medical officer with The University of Kansas Hospital agrees.
“In addition to lethargy and impairment, studies so far have proven that marijuana can decrease the IQ in regular adolescent users by as much as 8 points off their baseline test and impact both men and women’s reproductive systems.”
The doctors added that while medical marijuana is prescribed in limited medical situations, it does not render the drug safe for the general population.
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- Story from KU Hospital