California Police on April 5, 2017, raised objections about the proposed rejig of the state’s cannabis regulations, citing public safety concerns. The objections came after Governor Jerry Brown released a document containing the intended changes to the state’s new law on recreational use and the long-established rules on the medical use of marijuana.
The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), which represents the state’s all municipal police forces, has expressed concern over the fact that the proposed changes could transform small marijuana businesses into larger establishments dominating the supply chain right from cultivation to retail sales. Law enforcement officials fear that the proposed changes, allowing single marijuana businesses to own multiple licenses to grow, distribute, manufacture and sell weed at retail stores, could offer several loopholes for criminals to enter the booming cannabis industry.
The CPCA president Ken Corney said that the new proposal swayed in favor of big marijuana growers rather than the welfare of local communities. However, the governor’s office maintained that they were only seeking to streamline the existing regulations, which would require legislative approval. Defending the governor’s proposal, the head of California’s newly established marijuana agency said that in the current scenario medical marijuana providers are prohibited from holding both licenses but the new proposal seeks to do away with that limitation, thereby allowing them to sell recreational weed as well.
The Brown administration believes that a single regulatory framework is the key to minimizing duplicate costs and complicated business procedures in a cannabis-fueled economy, which is expected to shoot to $7 billion in annual sales. Though they are still reviewing the proposal, members of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force are hopeful that this will take everyone closer to a uniform industry, creating national standards. However, the proposal will come into effect only if approved by the California state legislature.
Marijuana addiction a reality in America
In the wake of the growing popularity of the pro-cannabis campaigns which insist on decriminalization of the drug, many fear that the harmful and addictive nature of marijuana will get sidelined. Various surveys suggest that it is almost impossible to grow up in the United States and not be exposed to marijuana. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015.
What remains noteworthy is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has neither recognized nor approved the therapeutic value of marijuana. It continues to be classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act owing to the high potential for abuse. The steady spike in marijuana addiction rates across the country can be attributed to the growing ease of availability, perceived harmlessness and the social popularity of the drug across all sections of society.
Researchers at the Harvard University have demonstrated that cannabis use alters brain structure by discernibly modifying brain volume. The psychoactive properties of the drug reduce the volume of gray matter that controls motivation, emotions and reward. Also, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a neurotoxin present in marijuana, leads to addiction, and the reason why individuals are unable to discontinue the use of pot despite the negative impact on their lives.
A gateway drug
Some research suggests that early exposure to cannabinoids, particularly during adolescence, could increase vulnerability to addiction to other hard drugs later in life. Experts believe that similar to alcohol and nicotine, marijuana modifies the brain’s reward system by inducing a dopamine rush, which automatically tweaks the brain for a heightened response to other drugs. Moreover, there is a possibility that convenient and fast access to marijuana may tempt users to try other types of hard drugs. This could pave the way for addiction, mental health disorders and other life-threatening consequences. This finding is based on the observation that former users of cocaine or heroin were earlier addicted to marijuana.
Being a long-acting drug, cannabis is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing the individual to several health hazards. Research shows that use of marijuana over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and chronic smoking can damage the respiratory tract. Besides, marijuana abuse is also known to affect one’s social life as well as career making it impossible for those in the depths of addiction to break free from the clutches of the drug.
Experts say that cannabis use may mask an undesirable condition for a while, at least till the high persists. But, when the situation returns more intensely than before, the user is compelled to turn to stronger drugs as cannabis fails to produce the same effect. Unfortunately, teens and high-school students form a high-risk group, who are vulnerable to pot addiction in a bid to get high.
Journey to recovery
Research shows that everyone has the neurobiological potential to become an addict. However, in the area of rewards, every individual might not be on the same level as people addicted to drugs, where it might be simply hard-wired into their gray matter.
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