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Partners in Prevention - Marijuana risks remain in spite of legalization

Marijuana is a product of the cannabis plant and its main active chemical is THC. It poses substantial health and safety risks to young people, yet it is the most widely used drug among this population.

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), teen and early adult years are when children are most vulnerable to marijuana’s harmful effects. It can affect brain development, academic achievement, relationships, and physical health. The risk for addiction increases as well.

Why do young people use marijuana?

Regardless of whether a young person uses marijuana “to fe...


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