Legalization trend forces review of marijuana’s dangers

Pot may be far less risky than highly addictive drugs, but it's not harmless

By Laura Sanders, 10:23 AM May 29, 2014

Some people think marijuana is nature’s gift to humankind: a nonaddictive drug, safe at any dose, that opens the mind, lifts the spirit and transports the user to a more profound reality.

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world,” a user named Mr. X wrote in the 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered.

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