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Prop 64: Warning from health experts about recreational pot

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - California voters will decide in less than a month whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. While some supporters are high on the idea, local experts are warning the move would come with risks - especially among teenagers.

Prop 64 would allow adults 21-years of age or older to legally grow, possess, and use marijuana for nonmedical purposes, with certain restrictions.

According to supporters, the state would regulate nonmedical marijuana businesses and tax the growing and selling of medical and nonmedical marijuana. Also, the revenue from such taxes would support youth programs, environmental protection, and law enforcement.

Cannabis Attorney Michael Cindrich said Prop 64 would benefit the state, but opponents question the real cost to public health and safety.

Voting NO on Prop 64 would mean growing, possessing, or using marijuana for nonmedical purposes would remain illegal, but it would still be legal to grow, possess, or use marijuana for medical purposes.

Supporters claim Prop 64 would create a safe, legal system for adult use of marijuana, and the revenue would be used towards afterschool programs, job training, drug treatment, and cracking down on impaired driving.

Those who oppose Prop 64 said the measure purposely omits DUI standard to keep marijuana-impaired drivers off our highways.

Those who oppose Prop 64 include the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Dr. Roneet Lev, who head of emergency room operations at Scripps Mercy, said in recent years the number of marijuana toxicity cases she has seen has skyrocketed - a trend she foresees if Prop 64 passes.

A recent poll conducted by The Los Angeles Times found that at this point 58-percent of California voters are in favor of Proposition 64.

Monday night's forum on the health effects of marijuana provided the counter-point to the support with speakers highlighting the dangers and addictiveness of modern-day marijuana.

Medical experts said that according to a study, one in six teens who try marijuana have a one-in-six chance of becoming addicted to it.

It was also highlighted Monday night, about the dangers of roadways - referencing a AAA study in Washington state that found that since pot was legalized in the state, marijuana-involved fatalities have more than doubled.

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