Watch RTD's 'Marijuana Victims: Colorado' Documentary

Watch RTD’s ‘Marijuana Victims: Colorado’ Documentary

Addiction, mental illness and suicide – the legacy of cannabis legalization. Marijuana has become as popular, regular and easily accessible as ever. But as more Americans are using cannabis, numerous studies and evidence confirm that consuming marijuana can be dangerous. In 2012, Colorado became one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Unfortunately, it led to more cannabis use and addiction, particularly among young people.

Johnny Stack from Colorado was one of them. He was only 19 when he committed suicide. His parents are convinced marijuana killed him. Johnny was using cannabis wax with high levels of THC, the primary psychoactive compound of marijuana. THC is responsible for giving you high. In the 1970s, marijuana contained 2% THC, modern marijuana has 20-25% THC.

The long-lasting adverse effects of cannabis include addiction and mental illness. Johnny developed psychosis. 'He just couldn't stop', his mother says. RT Documentary's Alexey Brazhnikov goes to Colorado to see how marijuana legalization has affected the lives of local people. He meets heartbroken parents whose children died because of marijuana and talks to young people fighting addiction.

Documentary Key Points:

  • Marijuana legalization in Colorado
  • Schizophrenia and cannabis
  • Edibles
  • Laura Stack lost her son to marijuana
  • Addiction to marijuana
  • Gateway drug
  • Marijuana-involved ER visits
  • Recovery program Natural Highs
  • Effects of marijuana on mental health
  • The cost of marijuana legalization
  • Did the black market disappear?
  • How marijuana works
  • The next smoking industry

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