Will new perception prompt more illegal marijuana use?

11/16/15–The opening of medical marijuana dispensaries in the suburbs has some substance abuse prevention experts worried. Will teens get hold of marijuana meant for medical use and abuse it? Experts such as Dr. David Lott, medical director of addiction services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Naperville, think it very well could. Other experts, such as Kathleen Kane-Willis of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, agree that fact-based messages that don’t demonize or glamorize drug use remain the best prevention method. But new concerns about pot, she says, are “premature and possibly unwarranted.” Read