PennLive: There are costs to legalizing recreational marijuana, like children becoming addicted
In his report, Regulating & Taxing Marijuana, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale claims that by legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Pennsylvania “could reap $581 million annually” through one of the highest state taxes in the nation at 35 percent, not including any additional local taxes. Despite providing no breakdown of the costs, this report’s revenue projection is based in large part to survey data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a leading public health research agency and a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With our Auditor General trusting this source, what else does SAMHSA tell us about marijuana? For starters, legalizing marijuana is harming more teenagers. Read the full article here.
Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) says the fact that cannabis is addictive is “not based on or rooted in any scientific finding.” If you believe that, you’re simply anti-science.
American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, American Society for Addiction Medicine, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Mayo Clinic, National Academy of Sciences, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA), World Health Organization – all warn of marijuana being an addictive drug. Read more here.
Broad and Liberty: Marijuana won’t solve coronavirus budget woes – but will put health and safety at risk
While the legalization of recreational marijuana would only be a “drop in the bucket” in Pennsylvania’s budget deficit, it would increase costs on the government in many other areas, because of the wave of negative effects for its citizens’ health and well being. Read the full article here.