The myths and facts of the drug’s harmful effects Pixabay.comBecause marijuana is deceptively marketed as a “medicine,” perception of the drug has changed. ■ Muriel Dufresne / Contributed There is an ever‑growing gap between the latest science and the myths surrounding marijuana. Some think that since it is legal, or “natural,” it must be safe. But behind the smoke screen, statistics and research show otherwise. Marijuana is one of the most abused drugs in America. Surveys estimate that 20 million people admit to past-month use and at least 4.2 million meet the criteria for addiction. As well, another survey recorded that in 2012 there were 305,560 treatment admissions for marijuana or
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