It’s legal in many states, so doesn’t that mean marijuana is safe?

The fact that it’s legal does not mean that it is safe. Using marijuana at an early age can lead to negative health consequences.

  • Heavy marijuana use (daily or near-daily) can do damage to memory, learning, and attention, which can last a week or more after the last time someone used.
  • Using marijuana during pregnancy or while breastfeeding may harm the baby, just like alcohol or tobacco.
  • Marijuana use has been linked to anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, but scientists don’t yet know whether it directly causes these diseases.
  • Smoking any product, including marijuana, can damage your lungs and cardiovascular system.