Links Between Cannabis, Illness Persist Despite Legalization Pushes

Headline Roundup January 13th, 2020

11 U.S. states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older, but with the drug's increased relevance has come extended research and scrutiny of its potential health effects.

Some voices have questioned the media's apparent focus on vaping and nicotine-related issues over marijuana-related ones.

Links Between Cannabis, Illness Persist Despite Legalization Pushes

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OPINION

I've covered things that injure, sicken and kill kids and adults for more than 30 years. From auto safety to medical errors, I've competed to break stories on the latest deadly defect or health policy change, most recently on electronic cigarettes.

In late August, I added vaping-related lung illnesses to the beat. Last month, I added marijuana, psychosis and other mental illness.

It's a pretty solitary place to be.

We reporters covered the heck out of vaping lung illnesses starting in August. Once it became clear the...

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It didn't take long for the negative consequences of new pot laws to take effect. Within hours of the new year, several people showed up in Illinois emergency rooms complaining of cannabis-related illnesses.

Recreational use of marijuana became legal in the state on Jan. 1, 2020. Currently eleven states and Washington, DC, have now legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over 21. Thirty-three states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes only.

Illinois doctors and other health officials report a surge in emergency room visits from people overindulging...

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Cannabis edibles were poised to become the next big health craze -- but science is saying to be aware.

Weed edibles have been legal recreationally in Canada since October and are on the cusp of being widely available to the public. They're also popular, according to the 2019 National Cannabis Survey, with 27% of Canadian respondents who used cannabis reporting they'd eaten edibles during the previous three months.

In the U.S., 11 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana, with more states expected to go fully legal in 2020....

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