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For all the wisdom words you get against the consumption of marijuana, they stand no chance as a recent study shows that the drug might not harm you much in later stages of your life.

This divergent finding of US researchers is the first of its kind, as it expects to yoke teen marijuana usage and psychotic symptoms in the later stages of life.

The drug is already legal in four US states, with Oregon following Alaska, Colorado and Washington.

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“There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured, regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence,” said the lead researcher, Jordan Bechtold, PhD, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The study began surveying 14-year-oldmale Pittsburgh public school students.  These young men were followed for 12 years by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University to analyze various health issues.

The study included 22% of men who were chronic users of marijuana and showed almost the same signs like anxiety, asthma and depression in comparison to the infrequent users or non-smokers.

“We wanted to help inform the debate about legalization of marijuana, but it’s a highly complicated issue and one study should not be taken in isolation,” said Dr Bechtold.The researchers accentuate the fact that the study cannot be taken with certitude as women were not a part of this study and men above the age of 30 weren’t examined.

A petition calling for the total legalization of this drug in UK has been signed by more than 125,000 people. Campaigners assert that, legalization of marijuana would bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.

 

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Canada Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the push to legalize marijuana across the country more than two years ago

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Different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at the Warmland Centre, a medical marijuana dispensary in Mill Bay, British Columbia on Vancouver Island in Canada. VOA

A new era begins in Canada Wednesday when it becomes only the second country to legalize recreational marijuana.

Although medicinal pot has been legal since 2001, Canada will join Uruguay as the only nation where customers can buy it in retail shops.

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An employee inspects the leaf of a cannabis plant at a medical marijuana plantation in northern Israel. (VOA)

The first cannabis store opens at midnight Wednesday in Newfoundland, the country’s easternmost province.

Each of the 13 provinces will set its own rules for selling marijuana. Some will allow private shops while others will only sell it through government-run stores. But mail order sales will be permitted across all of Canada.

Only licensed growers can sell marijuana on the retail market.

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In this July 12, 2018 file photo, a newly-transplanted cannabis cuttings grow in pots at a medical marijuana cultivation facility in Massachusetts. (VOA)

The federal minimum age for using marijuana is 18, but most provinces have set it at 19.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the push to legalize marijuana across the country more than two years ago, in part, to shut down the black market and prevent underage use. (VOA)

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