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Marijuana Use: We Need a “Higher” Age Limit

People under the age of 25 do not have the capacity to make sound decisions about substance use or abuse. Their brains are still developing. With regard to marijuana, the logical conclusion to this argument is that the legal age for marijuana use, if a legal use age is to be established, is 25 years old, after the brain has completed its development. Read More

Here's what's good.

What's good is that you're not in charge. However, if you would suggest that the age limit for 420, alcohol, voting, driving, and making babies should be raised to 25, you would at least be making an intellectually honest argument.

While we're at it, let's halt

While we're at it, let's halt military enlistment for anyone under 25. I mean, if your brain isn't developed enough to use marijuana, should you be sent out to kill and die for the latest and greatest cause the government can come up with for killing and dying? Come to think of it, maybe we should all just live in the safety of our parents' homes until we're 25.

But seriously, does Mr. Taite think that just because HE let his weed-smoking get out of hand that EVERY young person is just a few tokes away from becoming psychologically addicted (I have seen no compelling proof that marijuana is PHYSICALLY addictive, like opiates, alcohol or nicotine)to marijuana. This is why, when it comes to drug policy, I take word of self-professed former addicts with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for them to emerge with pretty reactionary ideas.


Okay, then no voting, joining the military, driving or drinking alcohol until age 25 either. Young people will simply be considered children until mid-life, and the rest of us will be responsible for all of them.


You didn't mention why you believe marijuana is harmful. No one has ever died from using marijuana. Yet thousands of people die everyday from alcohol consumption, illegal drugs, and prescription medication.
It does not matter if their is an age restriction or legal restriction of any of these things. People are going to do what they are going to do.

I would rather let people

I would rather let people under 25 get high than let them join the military. Their brains aren't developed enough to realize how they are being manipulated for the use of politicians.

Nobody has died from

Nobody has died from marijuana, but many have died FOR marijuana. Nothing is harmless in excess. Shoot...one can cause themselves physical harm by drinking too much water. Marijauan is not a problem...it is a plant that grows naturally from the earth. People are the problem. People have problems. That will never changed. That said...brovao to this gentleman for helping others with problems!

Sorry for the typos.

Sorry for the typos.

Nothing Happens When You Smoke Marijuana

Richard's proposal is worth considering. Like him I smoked marijuana from age 16 until 30. It made me more withdrawn socially and definitely reduced my intellectual performance and capacity. No doubt, I derived a good deal of pleasure from smoking it, but anything that gives pleasure can lead to compulsive consumption. Marijuana has a place as medicine. And yes, nobody died from marijuana; but I do believe it does retard the social and neurological development of young minds. And I wish I had never started. Strangely, I stopped completely at age 30 when I realized this stuff was not contributing to my mental health.

Early age leads to abuse and early addiction

I believe you are completely correct with your assumption that upping the age limit would help prevent a lot of problems for pot smokers. This is true of drunks. In my experience most people who develop alcohol problems started a good bit before the legal age limit. The few that did not seemed to have suffered some sort of trauma as a young adult (wars, rape, etc).

See this article from SAMSHA (ATTC)for something more substantial than my experiences.

I believe this is true of any mood altering chemical. The earlier you lean on that crutch the more likely you are to become dependent on it.

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Richard Taite is CEO and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center in Malibu, California and co-author of the book Ending Addiction for Good.


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