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Message from Trump administration about marijuana use is right on the money

As more and more U.S. states look to decriminalize recreational marijuana use, which also seems to become more socially accepted every day, we are in agreement with an announcement made Thursday by the Trump administration highlighting the dangers of using cannibis, especially adolescents and pregnant women.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams says science shows marijuana is harmful to the developing brains of teenagers and to the human fetus. Adams also is right on (poor grammar aside, of course) when he says “This ain’t your mother’s marijuana.” Not only is today’s pot more potent, it is also often laced with other drugs, sometimes without the person using the marijuana knowing, which can become fatal.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also says President Donald Trump is donating a portion of his salary to pay for a promotional campign to get the word out about the warning.

Kudos to the president and his administration for recognizing a very serious health risk and trying to do something about it.

In the annoucement, Adams and Azar point out one very important aspect of recreational marijuana use: while many states have already decriminalized it under state law, federal law regarding pot use has not changed. In other words, as far as the federal government is concerned, all marijuana use is illegal.

A popular argument among those who favor legalization is that it should be governed similarly to alcohol — regulated, but available to people who have reached adulthood.

And while we disagree with that statement for many of the reasons outlined above, we would point out, that — like alcohol — using pot is at best a horrible idea and at worst exceedingly dangerous for still-developing adolescents and pregnant women carrying an even more vulnerable unborn child.

We just hope that the message cuts through the smoke and gets through to the people who need to hear it the most.

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