Facts & Risks

Educate Your Family on Dangers of Marijuana Use

Marijuana use comes with real risks that can impact a person’s health and life.

Whether marijuana is smoked, vaped, or eaten, there are adverse effects associated with use in any form.

Studies have found marijuana is an addictive, harmful, and mind altering drug. It over-activates parts of the brain and negatively affects brain development. Marijuana leads to physical health problems, mental health problems, and risk of addiction.

With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana throughout the United States, marijuana potency has increased exponentially. Concentrates are not the traditional joint of the past. Concentrates are highly potent, THC-rich forms of marijuana that can be vaped, dabbed, and used in edibles.

Exposure to high levels of THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes impairment, increases the risks of physical dependence and addiction. Higher doses of THC are more likely to produce anxiety, agitation, paranoia, and psychosis.

Arizona Parents: Do you need tips on how to talk to your child about the new recreational marijuana laws? Download these talking tips today.

Surgeon General Advisory

“This ain’t your mother’s marijuana… the marijuana of today is significantly more potent.”

– VADM Jerome Adams, the first Surgeon General Advisory on marijuana since 1982


Almost 30% of teens have used marijuana - this is TOO many!

Latest Studies

Deadly Car Accidents Involving Cannabis and Alcohol Have Doubled in 20 Years | American Journal of Public Health| 12/16/2021


The percentage of fatalities involving cannabis and coinvolving cannabis and alcohol doubled from 2000 to 2018, and cannabis was associated with alcohol coinvolvement. Further research is warranted to understand cannabis- and alcohol-involved MVC fatalities.
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Fine Particulate Matter Exposure From Secondhand Cannabis Bong Smoking | Jama | 3/30/2022

This cohort study suggests that, contrary to popular beliefs, bong smoking is not safe. Decades ago, many people thought SHTS presented no health risk to nonsmokers. Scientific research since then changed this perception and led to smoke-free environments.3 Incorrect beliefs about SHCS safety promote indoor cannabis smoking.1,2 Nonsmokers are exposed to even higher concentrations of SHCS materials during “hot-boxing,” the popular practice in which cannabis smokers produce high volumes of smoke in an enclosed environment. This study’s findings suggest SHCS in the home is not safe and that public perceptions of SHCS safety must be addressed.

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Varied Presentations of Pediatric Patients With Positive Cannabinoid Tests | CureUs | 3/25/2022

Our data showed a significant increase in the number of cases since the legalization of cannabis in 2016, supporting the need for ED physicians to become more familiar with cannabis intoxication and its complications. The presentations of these patients can vary greatly. Common presentations include suicidal ideation, nausea/vomiting, AMS, and trauma with vital sign abnormalities including tachycardia and hypertension. Physicians should continue to consider cannabis use when evaluating these pediatric complaints. It may decrease the number of tests ordered in this patient population.
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Effect of Medical Marijuana Card Ownership on Pain, Insomnia, and Affective Disorder Symptoms in Adults | JAMA | 3/18/2022

What are the risks and benefits of obtaining a medical marijuana card for adults who seek medical marijuana for pain, insomnia, and anxiety or depressive symptoms?

In this randomized clinical trial involving 186 participants, immediate acquisition of a medical marijuana card increased the incidence and severity of cannabis use disorder (CUD) and resulted in no significant improvement in pain, anxiety, or depressive symptoms, but improved self-reported sleep quality.

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Cannabis Legalization and Detection of Tetrahydrocannabinol in Injured Drivers | NEJM | 1/13/2022

The effect of cannabis legalization in Canada (in October 2018) on the prevalence of injured drivers testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is unclear.

After cannabis legalization, the prevalence of moderately injured drivers with a THC level of at least 2 ng per milliliter in participating British Columbia trauma centers more than doubled. The increase was largest among older drivers and male drivers.

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Latest NEWS Commentary

The bags look like well-known chips or candies, but what’s inside could harm children | CNN | 4/19/2022

(CNN)At first glance, it looks like a single serving bag of Nerds Rope that your child might eat as a treat. But take a closer look. See the word “medicated” and the small white box at the bottom that says 600 milligrams of THC?

Those three letters stand for tetrahydrocannabinol, the part of the marijuana plant that makes people high.

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Potent drugs packaged like candy, legally sold in Florida sparks calls for stricter rules | WFTS | 2/20/2022

TAMPA, Fla. — Products from cake pops to candy containing a chemical compound called Delta 8 are being sold legally in Florida without a prescription and with the goal of getting people high.

The I-Team has uncovered these products have caused hospitalizations and at least one death, sparking calls in Hillsborough County for better regulation of these products.

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Numbers of children under FIVE being poisoned by eating their parents’ pot brownies and gummies has soared by 320% over past three years as more states legalize the drug | DailyMail.com | 2/20/2022

The number of young children being poisoned by eating their parents’ pot brownies soared by 320% to record levels.
Dr. Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, told DailyMail.com she’d seen a significant rise in children being exposed to cannabis in recent years.
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STUDY: Recreational marijuana companies use marketing that appeals to adolescents | NEWS10.com | 2/20/2022

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – According to a new study released Thursday from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, many recreational cannabis companies market their products in ways that appeal to children and teens. This marketing is easily viewed via social media by consumers of all ages.

“I had expected that cannabis companies were unlikely to fully adhere to existing guidelines,” says lead author Megan Moreno, M.D., M.S.Ed., M.P.H., division chief of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Some cannabis companies generated dozens of social media posts per day, and there is no current system in place to monitor or enforce these regulations. However, it was surprising to see how the presence of guidelines made a difference between states.”

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How high is too high to drive? Nevada Supreme Court may address question in Zaon Collins DUI case| KTNV | 2/7/2022

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Whether people smoke it, eat it or vape it, marijuana use keeps getting more and more mainstream.

But how do you know when you’re too high to drive? There’s still uncertainty over what makes someone over the legal limit.

That uncertainty could soon be addressed by the Nevada Supreme Court with the Zaon Collins case. In December 2020, Collins, a UNLV basketball recruit, crashed into 52 year-old Eric Echevarria, killing him. Collins was charged with felony DUI — but not for alcohol. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said he was under the influence of marijuana. But there’s no straightforward measure for that, which begs the question, how high is too high to drive?

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