The great pot debate: What you need to know about the risks of marijuana



Is marijuana an addictive gateway drug that lowers IQs, triggers psychotic episodes and makes roads less safe?

Or is it a miracle plant that can ease pain or provide a pleasant buzz with health risks on par with forgetting to floss?

Clashing portrayals of cannabis have endured through decades of research and a gradual easing of public resistance to the drug’s use.

Twenty years after California legalized medical marijuana — and as the state is set to vote Nov. 8 on allowing recreational…

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