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Will Ohio Legalizing Weed Cause Higher Addiction Rates?

Discussion in 'Marijuana' started by melody, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. melody

    melody Active Contributor

    It looks like Ohio may be less than a year away from legalizing medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. This bill also legalized growing hemp in Ohio. I am just wondering what has happened in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Will that cause an increase in addiction?
  2. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    While it's highly doubtful that people who previously didn't use marijuana would suddenly be interested in the drug just because it has been legalized fact is in Colorado legalization of recreational marijuana led to a spike in marijuana addictions. I suppose the same thing could happen in Ohio.
  3. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    There will most definitely be an increase in consumption. If it becomes legal it will mean that it will be more freely available and the people that wouldn't try it other wise might be tempted to give it a try.
  4. melody

    melody Active Contributor

    Do you think that this is like the lesser of two evils. I know that people who buy weed illegally in Ohio are likely buying them from dealers. This makes it sort of a gate way drug because a dealer is more likely to try to encourage you to use heroin, meth and other stuff. Do you know if other drug addictions, such as heroin, crack or meth, went down when marijuana was legalized in Colorado?
  5. IgCho

    IgCho Member

    In my mind this is very much the lesser of two evils. Yes, I believe that legalization may lead to an increase in consumption of marijuana. However, in legalizing the most common and consumed ware of drug dealers, you'd be cutting down on their revenue streams likely shrinking the degree to which criminal enterprises can exert control over an area. I don't have any studies regarding the effects on other addictive substances (my presumption is that it's likely too soon since legalization to effectively study the question), but this is why I generally support controlled legalization since the benefits of cauterizing the economic systems used by drug peddlers outweigh what I see as the impact on addiction rates.
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  6. thash1979

    thash1979 Active Contributor

    Legalizing it isn't necessarily going to cause a higher rate of addiction. It will probably cause an increase in the use of marijuana, especially by the people that otherwise wouldn't use it for illness because at the time it wasn't legal. If anything, I think legalizing it will cause crime to go down. Even more so, may free up space in local jails and over crowding. Not to mention, legalizing it will allow the state to tax and regulate some of the sales of it, and use that money to put back into the school systems, roads and infrastructure. Looks like it would be a win win for any state to legalize it.
  7. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    Porn is legal in the US where as it is illegal in Pakistan. However, Pakistan is #1 consumer of porn. So legalization of marijuana does not mean there will be higher addiction rates. However, if we promote marijuana saying it is good for your body, it is likely that addiction rates will be higher.
  8. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    This seems like the obvious thing right?
    Well some other members of the board here would disagree, like @Vinaya @Rainman
    I agree with them, just because it's legal does not mean more people will do it.
    Will YOU run out and get high because you can? I don't smoke pot, and I don't plan on it just because the law changed. I think people make there own choices, people who want to do drugs do them regardless of the law.
    Look at the places that made it legal or decriminalized, places like Colorado and Portugal have had a DROP in usage and addiction!
    Try this out if you still do no believe me. If you known any teenagers ask them one simple question.
    Ask them "is it easier for you to buy alcohol, tobacco or marijuana" if they tell you the truth I bet dollars to donuts that they can get their hands on marijuana FAR easier then the other two!
    Pot prohibition and the war on drugs is a colossal failure.
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  9. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    Maybe the reason the other states reported a higher addiction rate was because people were more readily admitting that they used marijuana versus more people trying it just because it was legalized. I personally do not think that because it is legalized that there will be an increase in addiction. If people are going to smoke it then they will get it regardless if it is legal or not.
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  10. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    The issue of Ohio legalizing drugs is a dichotomy as far as addiction rates are concerned. On one hand, this will lower the price set by peddlers and push them out of the market. This should make weed less attractive. Fewer will engage in the trade since it will be alot less lucrative. This should lower addiction rates. On the other hand, if you look at alcohol, despite its legality, addiction is sky high.
  11. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    There is the possibility that more people might get into the act 0f smoking marijuana when it becomes legal. Some persons would have probably tried it but were timid because the don't want to break the law. I don't know about the addiction aspect of marijuana, I keep maintaining that this herb has been wrongfully maligned.
  12. rz3300@

    rz3300@ Senior Contributor

    Well I would have to say that you run that risk with any sort of policy change that would happen. With anything though I would question data collection methods because these sorts of numbers are often manipulated. If it makes it easier to obtain though then you would have to assume that more people might get addicted.