Is Marijuana America’s Newest Addictive & Legal Drug?
August 8, 2014•9 min
Does America really need another legal addictive drug?Marijuana, which comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, is the most frequently used illegal drug in the U.S. About four percent of American adults smoke pot at least once a year.Does America really need another legal addictive drug?That's the question that guest Sue Rusche answers, as Colorado and Washington State march boldly into pot legalization, despite some objections from the White House and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rusche and her organization, National Families in Action opposes, believe that legalizing marijuana removes society's ability to prevent a commercial marijuana industry from marketing to younger demographics and even children. For years there has been heated controversy surrounding the tobacco and alcohol industries and whether they strategically aim products towards minors. The younger children are when they start using an addictive drug, the more likely they will become addicted—and lifetime customers.Sue shares her stance on drug prevention against marijuana and how the legalization could cause harm against youth.