Why do we want Washington to be known as first state to legalize marijuana? Why not be first in the nation on immunization rates, high school graduation rates and universal developmental screening of young kids?
There are nonfinancial, but priceless, reasons why parents should vote no on Initiative 502. Research demonstrates marijuana (THC) damages learning, memory and concentration of developing teens’ brains. If THC is in the home, or in a friend’s home, it will get used by teens.
Additionally, teens don’t know to “use less” because it is a more concentrated product than in the 1970s. If smoked, it damages lung tissue for life. It damages lung tissue of friends of those who are smoking pot.
As a parent and as a pediatrician, I vote no on I-502.