Recognizing the Marijuana Harm Gap

By Laura Stack

With more states legalizing marijuana, it’s incumbent upon us as loved ones, parents, grandparents, counselors, teachers, and concerned adults, to protect the vulnerable. Marijuana isn’t legal until 21 years of age, and there’s a good reason for that—it harms the developing mind when used during adolescence.… Read the rest

How Does Marijuana Influence Adolescent Brain Development?

By Laura Stack

The cartoon of Johnny aiming for a mailbox with a bat while driving in the back of a speeding car pretty much depicts the lack of judgment characteristic of a yet-undeveloped adolescent prefrontal cortex.

As America’s #1 most-used illicit drug and #2 most-popular substance after alcohol, marijuana has been subject to a wide battery of medical studies over the past few decades.… Read the rest