Dr Hansa Bhargava, a practicing pediatrician and a medical editor for Medscape and WebMD touches on marijuana.

The push to legalize recreational marijuana continues to grow even while research on effects of long-term use is inconclusive. At present, 29 states allow medical use of marijuana with a physician’s prescription. There are nine states where pot is considered legal and sales for recreational purposes are allowed. Another 13 states have decriminalized its use.

Should marijuana be allowed for recreational use? Do we know enough about its long-term effects, especially on teens’ and children’s brains?

There are some legitimate concerns.

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