Note: Please see the page about the May 15th special election on whether to ban or approve recreational marijuana shops in Rockport. As well, there is a link to an information session that the Board of Health, Police Department, and Planning Board held on April 3rd, 2018 as recorded by Cape Ann TV.
The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control, Massachusetts Dept of Public Health, and the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- "What is Marijuana" - National Institute on Drug Abuse
- "Marijuana and Public Health" - Centers for Disease Control
The Centers For Disease Control has strong evidence that marijuana use may lead to:
- Breathing Problems, (including inflammation of the airways and symptoms of chronic bronchitis, such as daily cough and phlegm)
- Short-term Declines in Memory, Attention, and Learning
- Increased Risk of Poisoning Among Children
- Increased Risk for Low Birth Weight in Babies (When a mother uses during her pregnancy)
- Increased Risk for Psychosis or Schizophrenia
The Centers For Disease Control has some evidence that marijuana use may also lead to:
- Increased Risk for Some Types of Cancer
- Increased Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke
- Negative Effect on School and Social Life
- Increased rates of Vehicular Accidents; Marijuana and Driving
For more information about marijuana: