Warning goes out about lighting up

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

marijuana plantVoters in eight states will be deciding next week whether to legalize medical marijuana or marijuana for recreational use. 

A medical group, meanwhile, wants those voters to think twice before voting yes.

In states that have legalized marijuana, the use of the drug has increased among children. People should vote against the measures based on that problem, says Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians.

"Right away it not only impairs your judgment, your reaction time, your movement, but in the teens continuous use of the drug actually the lower their I.Q. points," Cretella warns. "That means impairing their school performance, fewer opportunities for the future. It's a big deal."

Another warning for adults and children is there is no such thing as safe smoking,

"You're actually taking in more cancer-causing particles than we find in tobacco," she warns, "so pot is way worse than cigarettes."

The bottom line, says Cretella, is that voters should think of the children affected by pro-pot laws when they go to the polls.

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