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Psychiatrist: Prohibition makes pot more harmful

The prohibition on marijuana makes its use a more addictive habit, says a prominent author and psychiatrist.

Dr. Julie Holland, a psychiatrist at the New York University School of Medicine and author of Weekends at Bellevue, told Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show that the feelings of shame and suspicion associated with an illegal habit, as well as the adrenaline kick it fuels, all make marijuana use more habit-forming and harmful than it needs to be.

"The fact that [marijuana is] illegal is a very big deal," Holland said. "People have to hide and they feel like criminals and there's a lot of shame and guilt, and it ends up making ... it decreases self-esteem a little bit and it makes [the habit] more adrenalized. The fact that you add adrenaline into it, and you have to hide and you have shame, can make it more addictive and more dangerous."

Holland and Lauer were discussing a rece

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Added: Sep-30-2009 Occurred On: Sep-29-2009
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