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Harmful Effects of Today’s Marijuana on Youth

Broadcast date: 9/14/2017

Many experts believe the increased legalization of marijuana in the U.S. has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless among youth. With this misperception, youth are using the drug at  increased rates. For example, the 2016 VITAL SIGNS reports shows a major increase in marijuana consumption among San Luis Obispo County teens. It reported forty-one percent of eleventh graders used marijuana in the past 30 days, compared to just 26% in 2013. A 15% increase. Why is this such a concern? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain. Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on brain function of the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.

Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests Jody Belsher, producer/director of the award-winning documentary: The Other Side of Cannabis and President of the non-profit POSAFY, San Luis Obispo County Under-Sheriff Tim Olivas, and Carlos Guerrero, President Central Coast Alumni for Recovery as they discuss how marijuana use can have harmful and long-lasting effects on a teen’s health and well-being.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.