PORTLAND, Ore. – A new report by the Multnomah County Health Department says there are benefits and drawbacks of recreational marijuana, but more research is needed on health and societal impacts.
The report, released Tuesday, was created to help the county set policies related to legal recreational marijuana use.
Related: Guide to legal pot in Oregon
The study found that plenty of teens and adults use pot, and a higher percentage do in Multnomah County than the rest of the state. It also pushed back against the idea that smoking pot is connected to dropping out of school, contending that family problems and other risk factors should be taken into account.
Three major recommendations came from of the report:
- Policies should be in place to prevent impaired driving, dependence, and underage use
- There should be warnings about possible risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Limits should be enacted on the potency of pot, as well as the amount of contamination from pesticides and other substances
Researchers also recommended a deeper look at how longtime pot use affects brain development, mental illness and cardiovascular disease.
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