Cannabis destroys the brain and expedites psychosis according to former US congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy is part of the family of the late U.S. President and is a passionate advocate against mental illness.
He believes that cannabis is as destructive as alcohol and tobacco and is a gateway drug to other illicit drugs.
The weight of evidence against cannabis is overwhelming and is a very dangerous drug.
Cannabis is addictive and he advocates prevention and treatment for users.
(Source: the Washington Post newspaper 9 January 2013)
This statement from another high profile world leader is important for Australia as there are calls for legal cannabis.
The New South Wales parliament is currently reviewing the use of cannabis as a medicine.
Australia was recently targeted for drug legalization with calls for easier laws against illicit drugs.
Any weakening of laws in Australia would lead to more use of cannabis with more mental illness and health harms.
Medical research, as Patrick Kennedy states, is overwhelming in the link between cannabis use and psychosis, schizophrenia, mental, brain, heart and respiratory illness.
Drug rehabilitation needs to be offered to all identified cannabis users.