In 2016, California led the country with its enormous production of 13.5 million pounds of marijuana, exceeding the output of the rest of the states. In the wake of the bumper produce, the state Department of Food and Agriculture had commissioned a study. The findings of the study highlighted the wide gap between overall pot production and domestic consumption (just 2.5 million pounds) in the state. It is a matter of grave concern for California as authorities fear that the surplus of 11 million pounds may have made it to other states, where the drug is still illegal.
As California gears up for sale of marijuana for recreational use, the surplus produce seems to have become a major problem as it could attract intervention from the federal government. “We need to do everything we can to crack down on illegal activity and prevent cannabis from being exported out of state,” said Tom Lackey, a Republican member of the California State Assembly.
Presently, federal law classifies cannabis as an illicit drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions maintaining his stand in favor of a stricter enforcement. But during the Obama regime, the Department of Justice had placed a lower priority on enforcing the existing cannabis laws in states where medical marijuana was legal. The reason for such a leniency can be attributed to the interpretation of a 2013 memo by the then Deputy Attorney General James Cole, which mentioned that states could prevent federal intervention as long as they make an effort to prevent serious crimes such as selling marijuana to minors/gangs and exporting the drug to other states.
In the light of the current situation, the new California Bureau of Cannabis Control is striving hard to streamline regulations to begin issuing licenses to cultivate, sell and transport marijuana in January 2018. These new rules would help curb the marijuana black market. Similarly, law enforcement officers in other states are increasingly concerned about California’s exports. Some even say that the I-40, which runs from the East to West Coast, “has become a major drug corridor.”
Pot addiction is a dangerous reality across California
While California is wholeheartedly espousing the reality of the proliferating marijuana market in the state, experts fear that impact of the pro-cannabis campaigns may soon offset the enslaving and hazardous nature of the drug. Research shows that more and more teens and young adults in the state are taking to marijuana use, as it is practically impossible to avoid the drug in a society that is clamoring for complete legalization of cannabis use.
According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), from 2013-15, 70 percent of 11th graders reported it was fairly easy or very easy to get marijuana in the state. In 2016, 9.5 percent of adult Californians aged 18 to 64 reportedly used marijuana or marijuana hash oil at least one day in the past 30 days. Such a large-scale use of marijuana can be attributed to a perceived sense of safety associated with the hallucinogenic drug. Furthermore, owing to its proximity to the Mexican frontiers, Californian society is seen as a great melting pot of multi-culturalism, making the state vulnerable to the perils of drug trafficking, abuse and addiction.
Notably, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the medicinal value of marijuana. As per the FDA, so far, pharmacologists have not engaged in exhaustive clinical trials to establish the therapeutic benefits of marijuana. The neurotoxin delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient in cannabis that induces psychoactive changes in the body leading to dependence and triggers cravings in chronic users making it impossible to discontinue its use.
Breaking free from fetters of marijuana
Marijuana is highly addictive, and you need professional medical intervention to break free from the fetters of the drug. Cannabis is known to modify the brain’s reward system by triggering a dopamine rush, which spontaneously tweaks the brain for an intensified response to other drugs. Help of a reputed drug addiction treatment center can be really beneficial in combating the menace of marijuana use disorder forever.
Sovereign Health is aware of the misery of individuals battling addiction to marijuana. Our personalized marijuana detox programs at our reputed marijuana addiction treatment centers in California are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to pot, contact Sovereign Health of San Clemente, California, which offers a variety of customized residential therapies for all ages, including troubled teens battling with a wide range of substance use disorders. For more information, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives.