Marijuana FAQsLast Updated: Monday, December 21, 2020
Where do you get information about drugs?
If you're like many people, you'd turn to the internet for answers.
There is a lot of information online. And, unfortunately, there's a lot of incorrect info out there -- especially when it comes to drug use.
Are you looking for accurate info about marijuana? We've pulled together a few of the most frequently asked questions about weed online and answered them below.
Q: Is Marijuana Addictive?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
“Marijuana use can lead to the development of problem use, known as a marijuana use disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases.”
In addition, a lot of the marijuana consumed presently has a higher level of THC (the chemical that causes the drug’s “high”). Researchers still don’t know about the long-term effects of using high THC marijuana.
Q: Is Marijuana a Controlled Substance?
Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
Learn more: Drug Scheduling
Q: Is marijuana legal?
A: If you’re under the age of 18, recreational marijuana use is illegal for you in all 50 states.
In recent years, different parts of the country have changed their marijuana laws. But recreational use of the drug for people under 21 is still illegal. Some states have legalized medical marijuana use for people 18 years old (or younger in certain states or instances).
Marijuana is also still illegal on a federal level.