CONTACT Marijuana doesn't help psych problems - Dr. Christian Thurstone

In fact, it may make them worse.

Please allow me to be frank — as I was during a town hall meeting sponsored by Colorado state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat and a physician (my thanks to her for inviting me to speak):

At that same meeting, I tried to put so-called “medical” marijuana into a larger context that explains why there’s very little, if anything, medically valuable about it. The drug is especially harmful to adolescents, who are in crucial stages of brain growth and development (the human brain doesn’t mature until about the age of 25).

About Chris Thurstone

Dr. Christian Thurstone is one of about three dozen physicians in the United States who are board certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry. He is medical director of one of Colorado’s largest youth substance-treatment programs and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), where he conducts research on youth substance use and addiction and serves as director of medical training for the university’s addiction psychiatry fellowship program.

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