Doctor's Testimony Challenges Lawmakers Support For Legalizing Marijuana

Supporters of legalizing marijuana were put on the defensive Wednesday by almost two hours of testimony offered by Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and director of neuropsychiatry at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

D’Souza told the legislature’s Judiciary Committee that marijuana is addictive and research has shown that about 10 percent of people who try marijuana will become addicted.

He said it’s not as addictive as opioids or cocaine, but it is addictive and there are withdrawal symptoms.

He said there’s an increase in the demand for treatment of marijuana addiction as more people become addicted to cannabis, but “there’s nothing for us to offer them,” in the form of treatment. D’Souza said unlike with opioids or cocaine there’s no proven way to treat someone for an addiction to marijuana.

D’Souza said over the past 20 years he’s...

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