Humboldt County model of tracking cannabis may be replicated statewide - Sovereign Health Group
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The pilot track-and-trace program launched by California’s Humboldt County to monitor the medical cannabis market ended in February 2017. During the nearly seven-month period of rigorous testing on a micro-scale in partnership with the Swiss company SICPA, the program tracked around 1,800 pounds of marijuana in the county. It was started in August 2016.

In a press release, SICPA said that about 150 cannabis sites in 47 cities across the state of California participated in the program. The track-and-trace system functions by allowing cannabis businesses to use unique tracking stamps that authorize SICPA and county regulators to track the current status of cannabis and where it is headed in order to curb any possible trafficking to the black market.

On scanning, the stamps enable both consumers and regulators to view details of the place from where the product was dispatched, the precise batch number and other information about the product. SICPA said that over 30,000 stamps were used during the seven-month program.

Speaking about this initiative, Jeff Dolf, Humboldt County agricultural commissioner, said that this program provided an opportunity to determine if the nation’s commercial cannabis program includes elements of both local and federal law enforcement principles. Besides, it creates a mechanism to judge whether such a system could prevent the distribution of cannabis to minors, trafficking to other states, siphoning away of sale proceeds to criminal entities and cannabis cultivation on public property.

The Californian regulators are all set to implement Humboldt’s track-and-trace system at a state level to track cannabis tax payments.

Cannabis is addictive, dangerous

Despite the increased public opinion in favor of marijuana, the fact that it is an addictive drug cannot be ignored. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has neither recognized nor approved the medicinal value of marijuana. It continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of its high potential for abuse.

In recent years, the harmful effects of marijuana have become increasingly apparent. Prolonged smoking is known to cause wheezing, shortness of breath, feeling of tightness in the chest, production of morning sputum and airway obstruction in the nasal passages. Studies suggest that marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke, which could cause neck and head cancer in users. Also, memory lapses, attention deficits and problems with dexterity are common in chronic users.

Although cannabis use is gaining wide popularity, the surge in marijuana addiction rates across the country is attributed to the increasing ease of availability and perceived absence of harm. Some researches even suggest that early exposure to cannabinoids, just like alcohol and nicotine, could alter the brain’s reward system by creating a dopamine rush which may tune the brain for a heightened response to other drugs. Moreover, there is a possibility that easy access to marijuana may induce users to experiment with other types of hard drugs.

Sovereign Health can help

The Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of drugs in spite of the negative impact on his/her life. The Pain Program of Sovereign Health of San Clemente is designed to assist those individuals whose pain has led to an addiction of either prescription and/ or illegal drugs. Our customized substance use disorder programs are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically.

If you or your loved one is addicted to any form of cannabis, it is time to get professional help and support for a lasting recovery. Whether you are looking for drug addiction treatment centers in California or at a place closer home, call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 819-0427 or chat online to know about the most effective drug addiction recovery programs. Our drug addiction rehabs in California are among the best in the country.

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