Why states should limit the potency of marijuana

Government can and should place limits on marijuana’s strength just as it does other addictive products
The Washington Post (US)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

smokingMarijuana legalization states have taken no steps to limit the potency of marijuana, which has increased sharply in recent years. A new study suggests this could create public health problems down the road as more users become addicted or otherwise impaired. The study was conducted in the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available through “coffee shops.” The researchers examined the level of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main intoxicant in marijuana, over a 16-year period. The researchers estimated that for every 3 percent increase in THC, roughly one more person per 100,000 in the population would seek marijuana use disorder treatment for the first time. (See also: Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programmes)