May 22, 2015|
Dr. Kevin Hill (McLean, Marijuana) 5.21.15 by The Financial Exchange
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In my opinion. There's a lot of money to be made by the first state in New England that legalized is recreational marijuana. To that end we're talking to a doctor about the medical effects of marijuana. Doctor Kevin Hill from the McLean Hospital he wrote the book the unbiased truth about the world's most popular we'd. He can buy it on Amazon.com. Per 999 if you've got to Kendall doctor welcome to the program are you doing today. I'm doing well thank you had me under. Well talk to us about your study if you would because a lot of us. Are you know we we were anticipating. That recreational marijuana is coming to New England 21 of the states we don't know which one. But what what did your study demonstrate as it relates to the health effects of marijuana use. I think that the health effects are quite clear most of the problems associated with marijuana use sir associate who wish. Chronic long term used to people are using New York nearly every day if you do that. And you could have cognitive difficulties it's harder to. Function at a high level I can ever worsening parity worsening depression. You're also more likely to trigger pax psychotic disorder if that's something that you have a family history of support to point out that most people who use marijuana. Don't develop these types of problems they don't develop an addiction to marijuana so it's only about 9% of adult users develop these sorts of problems so. The key is there's a lot of misinformation I'm not marijuana a lot of people feel that marijuana harmless it's not harmless. On the flip side many people tend relayed a message that any marijuana used in your doomed in reality after about marijuana in the middle. Kevin when you look at the addiction statistics as far as marijuana how does that compare to. Other schedule one drugs as well as how does that compare to alcohol is it a higher rate of addiction lower where does it fall on the spectrum. So that's a great question so again I mention 9% of adults to use marijuana become addicted spot 15% of those who use alcohol about 32%. Those who use nicotine so really when you compare. Marijuana to the other substances that are illegal. You know it's less addictive frankly however I do want to caution you that just because it's less addictive doesn't mean it's not dangerous and certainly can be dangerous but I do. Think it's important point out in some of the comparisons that you're alluding to and I actually like. The comparison between alcohol marijuana because again the reality is most people who use either of these substances. Don't have problems but I. Think the difference is that society you recognize that alcohol is dangerous. Time seat and now we talk about waste and limit risks associated with. Al how like designated drivers for example in every society we haven't really moved along that art it is terms of marijuana we don't really recognize. The dangers as much as we should. Doctor I don't know after losing your book or another one that I read about marijuana but. I thought. I read. That if you're using marijuana as a teenager it has a much more profound effect on the development of your brain. As oppose if you wait until you're in your thirties or reading your twenties. A no no question about that so again there are many issues relative to marijuana there are are quite readily debated but I don't think that that's one of them I think that most of us are clear. It is your brain is still developing so that's in your early twenties and below regular marijuana use so indicating nearly daily. That's where it significantly problematic and so again a lot of the studies show. That that's the case again. Most even young people who used don't use in that fashion the problem is that if you're young user we can't really predict who's gonna go on to use in a problematic ways so desperately Eddie mentioned there's a difference between. Marijuana use among those who sprained a developing and those are older. A governor if we're looking at this in terms of crafting policy then obviously work we're kind of at the outset we're at the start of this starting to become. An issue that a number of states are looking into what are the types of things that you would like to see policy makers consider. As far as. Things that they can do to prevent people from abusing but still allowing people used responsibly. So again I think or other issues that I think has been controversy about business I'm in favor of legalization I think really two key reasons. Are our number one at a society you know in the United States were allowed to make decisions every day as adults to these things that may be harmful to us I think that this should not be. Any different I think also importantly is you needed to get back the matter is that most people United States want this. So whether we like it or not the commonwealth will probably. Legalize recreational marijuana at least sixteen it's I'd rather get front of this craft policies that work. I think importantly one of the issues that activated with a lot of staunchly pro marijuana spoke to it that capture it so again in Colorado the tax excise tax rate is 27% Washington State to 44%. So we'll need to be somewhere in that range and I think one of the things and hasn't been able to do what I've been on. Just like this swift primarily wanna focus they have been able to get them to tell me what their propose rated insult. They attack it will be very important a portion of those revenues certainly need to be earmarked for treatment and importantly education a lot of school aged up there don't get any education. About drug to the east like marijuana so I think that's a key piece that really need to be addressed. By the legislature. You do think Massachusetts will have wrecked marijuana in 2016 is ordered this. I don't think there's any question about it I think that you know when you think about how medical marijuana went down in 2012. 63% of the voters wanted medical marijuana and again. This is less portly and stay as you know and that I think it's it's quite likely that it's going to be a reality and so again. Rather than get caught up behind the eight ball here I think we should get busy crafting regulations that that we will possibly work while limiting risks we need be that now. Doctor thank you very much for your time I sure appreciate it. Yeah.