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Charge Pot Use Off to Obamacare and You

tattriem Wrote: Apr 08, 2013 2:58 PM
Well, by all means, if it's bad for folks, and we have to pay the cost of treatment, let's ban it. Hey, while we're at it, let's ban 16oz soft drinks, salt in restaurants, and red meat. And maybe we can make people exercise every day. Maybe meet at the central square and all exercise together!! Yeah!!

Evidence in Europe is mounting that decriminalizing marijuana has detrimental effects on the health of individuals, the health of society and the health of the healthcare system. And while many studies have concentrated on the benefits of decriminalization in terms of unburdening the court system, few studies have looked at the cost to the healthcare system.

That’s changed with the completion of a study that looked at drug use and hospital admissions in an area of London where marijuana use was decriminalized.

“Now a paper presented to the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference in London,” writes the