Dr. Christian Thurstone, left, an adolescent psychiatrist, gives instruction to a patient, who requested not to be identified, about a prescription at Denver Health
In our reporting on medical marijuana and schools, with Education News Colorado and Health Policy Solutions, we’ve interviewed dozens of students, many of whom have talked about marijuana’s health benefits. We set out to find what the latest science says about teens and marijuana. What we discovered is disturbing: Permanent changes to the teen brain and a higher risk of addiction.
In the process, we also found the case of a 17-year-old with a rare condition treated by medical marijuana, but who is now completely isolated from his school because the drug isn’t allowed there.