Back in November, TestCountry did an interview with Dr. Wesley Boyd, a professional psychiatrist and author of Almost Addicted: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Drug Use a Problem?, about the rising trend of prescription drug abuse. Recently, we had the opportunity to get in touch with him once more but this time we asked about his opinion about medical weed and marijuana legalization — a trending topic in the country since Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize recreational marijuana use for people aged 21 and older.
One of the issues raised by marijuana opposition groups is that Colorado and Washington’s respective marijuana legalization measure could only encourage teenagers to use pot without considering any potentially negative side effects. These groups also fear that such laws would simply distort the youth’s perspective on marijuana use.
“I don’t really think of marijuana as a gateway drug. There is no doubt some folks do move from marijuana to “harder” drugs—although I don’t really like that term—but many individuals who use marijuana never progress to other drugs,” Dr. Boyd explains.
Dr. Boyd also said his objections against marijuana use have less to do with the drug’s reputation as a “gateway drug,” but more on the alleged impact of pot use on a person’s life, such as the potential for poor academic performance and strained relationships — to name a couple.
When asked about his thoughts on the so-called medical benefits of marijuana, Dr. Boyd is not ruling out the fact that the drug may have some therapeutic effects for people experiencing chronic pain, but he reiterates that he doesn’t “have any direct experience in seeing marijuana used medicinally.”
To read the full text of the interview, visit Exclusive Interview With Dr. J. Wesley Boyd About Marijuana Legalization.