WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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discussion), because kids grow up knowing there is something legal — like alcohol — that is still off limits to them because of their devel- oping brains." It's a Gateway Drug, Isn't It? Yes, probably, although there are different ways to look at this. Marijuana use is posi- tively correlated with alcohol use and ciga- rette use, as well as illegal drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. This does not mean that everyone who uses marijuana will transi- tion to using heroin or other drugs, but it does mean that people who use marijuana also consume more, not less, legal and illegal drugs than do people who do not use marijuana. It's also important to note that the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, "harder" substances. Ziegler makes another point. "Marijuana is a gateway to risky behaviors in adolescents. Kids who are high are more likely to engage in things like unplanned or unprotected sex, use of other intoxicants like alcohol and other drugs, and driving while intoxicated." Rocky Mountain High In Colorado, pot dispensaries outnumber Starbucks by three to one. Dispensaries often appear clinical, with names such as "The Health Center" and "Caregivers for Life." Ziegler notes, "The branding suggests that not only is this legal, but it's healthy for you." She's seen an effect in her practice: "I've had 99 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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