October 30th, 2013
12:45 AM ET

Is it time to legalize marijuana?

For the first time, a recent Gallup poll finds a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. The panel takes a look at what's happening in states like Colorado and Washington where recreational use of the drug is already legal. Dr. Drew joins the panel to talk about the medical value of cannabis.

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Filed under: AC360 Later • Ana Navarro • Andrew Sullivan • Charles Blow • Dr. Drew Pinsky • Frank Bruni • Marijuana
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  1. Jay Dee

    Dr. Drew, it is not "very" clear that it harms adolescent brains. There is evidence for and against, certainly enough to warrant concern, but it is not "very" clear. The popular New Zealand study that alleges heavy chronic adolescent use lowers IQ was brought into question when another study suggested a confounding model to explain the discrepancy. A Swiss study suggests that teens who use only cannabis are more socially driven and have no more psychosocial problems than those who abstain from both substances. There have been a number of studies showing no detrimental structural changes in the brain in adults or adolescents in regular marijuana users. There are studies showing that marijuana actually protects some areas of the brain from damage due to alcohol use.

    Regardless, no one is advocating legalization for kids.

    October 30, 2013 at 11:05 am |

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