Marijuana: Legalizing recreational use, revisiting medical use

May 23, 2019

People smoke marijuana. But it's not always experimenting high schoolers, and it's not always even for recreation. Medical marijuana is legal, in some way, in 33 states and the District of Columbia. And while eyes are opening to the benefits of medical marijuana, the debate continues. When it comes to recreational marijuana, many questions remain: How should it be related? Is it wise to open the flood gates to for-profit marijuana production and sales? We'll answer those questions and more this week on "Take Care."

First, the positive and negative aspects of legaliztion with Jonathan Caulkins, one of the authors of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know." He's a drug policy researcher and professor of operations research and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College.

Then, an update on New York state's efforts to legalize recreational pot from WRVO's Ellen Abbott. We'll also check in with Brett Dahlberg of WXXI to get an idea of medical marijuana's success over the years and of its future.

For the latest in health: cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. It's exploded into the mainstream in recent years, but only has approval from the FDA for one particular use. Dr. Orrin Devinksy, a neurologist and director of NYU Langone's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, joins us with more.

Tune in Sunday, May 26 at 7 p.m. and Friday, May 31 at 1 p.m. for "Take Care."