Study Links Pot Use With Poor Sleep
It's possible that insomnia leads some people to turn to marijuana, study authors say
The federal government lists marijuana as a "schedule 1 substance" that has no medicinal uses and is a high risk for abuse, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, and 21 states allow its use for certain medical conditions, such as cancer and glaucoma.
Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, a group that lobbies for the legalization of marijuana, said the "association reported in this paper of a history of cannabis [marijuana] use and severe difficulty falling asleep is relatively minor and it is questionable whether it holds any real world relevance.
"The ongoing criminalization of cannabis and those who consume the plant is a disproportionate response to what is, at worst, a public health concern -- not a criminal justice matter," he added.
Health concerns about marijuana, particularly its potential use or abuse by young people, are best handled by regulation, public education and age restrictions, "not by criminalization and stigmatization," Armentano said.