With Oklahoma now revisiting her regulations on various drug substances, It would be prudent to study some of the latest research from Denmark, connecting alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs; to Schizophrenia.
Pot is said to increase the risk of Schizophrenia by more than 5 times.
The authors of the Denmark study gathered information on over 3 million Danes. They found that a diagnosis of:
Self medicating is always a bad treatment plan, because it hides the progression of the underlying disorder. It just makes the symptoms less noticable. Sort of like taking an asperin might numb your headache, while the aneurysm in your brain grows larger (and eventually explodes, killing you instantly).
Just as doctors currently have authority to prescribe very beneficial, yet dangerous drugs like Morphine and Ritalin; Drugs like Cannabis should be treated as far less dangerous than liquor (which kills far more than other recreational drugs.)
In full disclosure, it needs to be said that many prescription drugs carry far worse risks, and your own doctor should have the legal authority to prescribe medications which address an eminent health crisis, even though a risk is associated with it. For this reason, SoonerPolitics' publisher fully supports the Medical Marijuana state question which will be presented to the voters in an upcoming state election.