Myths and facts of recreational marijuana


As recreational marijuana clears more hurdles, what would it look like in the workplace or in the home?

Can you get high from secondhand smoke? If you’re out walking in the park and small marijuana, is that going to affect you or your children, or affect your performance on the job?

For answers, we turned to Dr. Bill Zempsky at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

“The smoke coming out of it has a lot of particulate matter in it. They get in the lungs and any child with asthma could be impacted by that,” he said.

If you’re outside in a park and it’s a one-time thing, you shouldn’t feel any effects, but what about for children in a car or a house exposed repeatedly? 

Dr. Zempsky said chronic exposure can also cause problems with brain development.

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“There are studies showing that long-term exposure to THC in children and adolescents can lead to psychological problems later,” he added.

Secondhand smoke is one thing, but how about taking a direct hit off of a joint and getting high? How long do the chemicals stay in your body and how long does that high last?

Lawmakers are having to take all of that into account, especially for business owners. They are wondering how recreational marijuana is going to impact them?

Dr. Zempsky said marijuana exposure can be difficult to judge.

“Marijuana stays in the body a long time. This is going to be an issue for employers. How do they sort out who is intoxicated, who is not,” he said.

There are tests the police can do to determine if someone is driving while under the influence of marijuana, but they said that is much more difficult to determine than alcohol which has the breathalyzer test. 

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