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May 18, 2023

Did you know marijuana use is a growing cause of suicide among teens?

Guest Laura Stack of Johnny's Ambassadors says as more state's legalize recreational use, the potency is reaching dangerous levels and leading to serious mental health issues, especially among youth.

Stack's son, Johnny, was an honor student with a promising future who suffered a mental break from marijuana use that led to his suicide.

In her conversation with Host Gail Ferguson Jones, Laura explains that:

  • Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is more likely to cause anxiety and emotional distress than to calm or cure it
  • Dispensaries in Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational use, are legally required to provide written warnings of the mental and emotional dangers.
  • The cannabis being sold at dispensaries is often processed into "dabs" or "crystalline," which increases the potency to dangerous levels.
  • The American Psychiatric Association is warning that there is no mental or emotional condition that is helped by marijuana use.   

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