Here are the same old but newly polished, waxed, buffed and repackaged Reefer Madness talking points if anyone cares | Opinion | What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know – The New York Times

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Here are the same old but newly polished, waxed, buffed and repackaged Reefer Madness talking points if anyone cares. Spoiler Alert: It is 100% fake news, and condescending BS What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know The wave toward legalization ignores the serious health risks of marijuana.

Source: Opinion | What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know – The New York Times

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Marijuana seems to be on an unstoppable march to legalization in the United States.

New York and New Jersey are racing to join the 10 states that already allow recreational use of cannabis. Some 65 percent of Americans favor legalization, and several potential Democratic candidates for president support ending federal prohibitions on marijuana.

This huge shift in public attitudes comes even though most Americans do not use the drug. Only 15 percent of people over 12 used it even once in 2017, according to a large federal survey. That year, only three million people tried it for the first time.

Instead, the change has been largely driven by decadeslong lobbying by marijuana legalization advocates and for-profit cannabis companies.

Those groups have shrewdly recast marijuana as a medicine rather than an intoxicant. Some have even claimed that marijuana can help slow the opioid epidemic, though studies show that people who use cannabis are more likely to start using opioids later.