Time to Toke: Assessing marijuana’s health impacts


Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana frequently argue that cannabis doesn’t belong atop the federal drug schedule with heroin and other hardcore substances, while cocaine, for example, is in a lower category.

Marijuana, is much safer, advocates say, as evidenced by its growing use as a medicinal substance. Medical professionals and others note that it isn’t without risks, however, particularly when smoked.

“Is it dangerous? I’ll smoke a whole bag in front of you and prove it’s not,” pro-cannabis activist Adam Cottle said during an interview at the Times Leader last week.

For the record, he did not.

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Day 3 of a Four-Day Series

This is the third of four days of coverage on the push for recreational marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania.