Marijuana is the 2nd Leading Substance for which people Seek Treatment. Of those teenagers who are in drug treatment programs, 62% are dependent on marijuana. It's important for young people to know that even though some states have legal medical or recreational marijuana, that doesn't make it a safe substance.

Those who start using marijuana in adolescence and continue into adulthood will exhibit decreased cognitive abilities. Their memory and learning abilities may be permanently damaged. Women who use marijuana during their pregnancy increase their child's risk of developing poor reasoning abilities, depression, and delinquent behaviors in adolescence.

Marijuana use doubles the risk of a car crash and it is the most commonly detected illicit substance in fatal car crashes. Last year, 10.3 million people reported driving under the influence of an illicit drug.

Smoking Marijuana can hurt your ability to


Remember what you learned

Focus on projects or tasks

React quickly while driving

Perform in sports due to lack of coordination

In 2010, toxicity due to synthetic marijuana resulted in 11,400 cases of emergency room visits.

Professor John Huffman, who first invented synthetic marijuana in a university laboratory, said:

"People who use it are idiots. You don't know what you're getting or what it will do to you."

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