“Marijuana is harmless.” It is said so often that many people have simply come to believe this statement to be true. And with the entertainment industry consistently portraying marijuana use as funny without ever really showing negative consequences --- what else are we supposed to believe?

Yet research demonstrates both health and safety risks from the use of marijuana.

  • A recent study found use reduces IQ as much as 8 points by age 38 among people who started using marijuana regularly before age 18, but then stopped.
  • In the past decade, a significant body of research has demonstrated the risks of marijuana and driving, with marijuana users at minimum doubling their risk of a crash.
  • Marijuana use was involved in 461,028 hospital emergency room visits in the U.S. in 2010.
  • Marijuana use can result in 4x greater risk of a heart attack within an hour after use, and patients with heart disease have increased incidence of chest pain.
  • Workplace studies have linked marijuana to increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers’ compensation claims and job turnover.
  • Many studies consistently show marijuana use to be associated with reduced grades, and a reduced chance of graduating from school.

    There is no safe high