The threat to kids is growing, but so is momentum for action
- Colorado kids have become collateral damage in an accelerating THC potency arms race, as described in our detailed new white paper, which compiles key research and data.
- The Denver Post has endorsed potency caps on these THC product Its editorial states that “reading peer-reviewed research in top medical journals around the world has led us to conclude the risk of high-potency marijuana to Coloradans’ mental health is substantial.” The newspaper also called for limits on the ability of teens to buy large quantities of medical marijuana, creating a “pipeline to our schools.”
- Colorado addiction psychiatrist Dr. Libby Stuyt writes in a column in the Denver Gazette about that medical marijuana loophole for 18-20 year olds. She notes that “as of January, 3,935 had cards, with the primary indication being ‘severe pain.’ An 18-year-old whose brain is not yet fully developed and cannot purchase tobacco or alcohol legally can obtain a medical marijuana card without parental knowledge.”
- The Denver Gazette in an editorial supported the potency limits and pointed to what a “growing body of data also shows about pot’s disastrous implications for America’s youth – for their intellectual development, their overall mental health, and yes, for their suicide rate.”
- Ultra-potent pot sales are growing quickly in states that have legalized marijuana
Courageous Colorado parents are speaking up too
- “When young people with developing brains use high-concentrate THC products, it can seriously and irreparably harm their intellect, mental health, and physical well being. This is settled science,” wrote parent Robin Noble in The Colorado Sun.
- “The idea that all marijuana products are harmless is naive. Research is catching up; parents need to know the truth and take a stand. Instead of protecting kids, we’ve made a challenging world harder to navigate,” wrote parent Jennifer Cunningham in the Boulder Daily Camera.