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A definitive, comprehensive review of the current state of scientific knowledge on marijuana written by the nation's leading drug scientists has recently been published by the premier medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. This article is of historic importance and of great relevance for the current national debate over marijuana policy. Hopefully it will be useful in stemming the tide of a growing public misconception that marijuana is not an addictive drug and that marijuana use is not harmful. It is imperative that this summary of knowledge be shared widely and that specifically it be used to inform policy in the interest of public health and safety. In a commentary from the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. Robert L. DuPont, MD presents a brief synopsis of the findings from Volkow, et al. (2014) as well as a policy context for these findings.
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