More than a year ago, voters from Colorado and Washington approved Amendment 64 and I-502, respectively, allowing for the decriminalization and/or legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Both bills emphasized the great amount of tax revenue that could be had to bolster the states’ governments if marijuana were produced and distributed legally. It’s a point that many states are taking into consideration as they weigh the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana.
More than health concerns, potential teen drug abuse, and issues related to inflated problems with addiction, it seems that one of the primary debates is how high the taxes should be each step of the way, from growth to distribution. Many say that making taxes too high could derail the entire legalization process while others say it simply isn’t worth it to go through the process of establishing an entire industry if the taxes aren’t high enough.
Why isn’t the debate more heavily focused on the negative physical and mental health issues that can arise when marijuana abuse is allowed with little restriction?
Marijuana: An Addictive Drug?
Most people think that marijuana is neither dangerous nor addictive. The fact is, however, that an estimated 9 percent of people who experiment with marijuana will develop a dependence upon the substance – and that the risk of marijuana addiction increases the more often that someone smokes and the younger they are when they start using the drug.
Additionally, withdrawal symptoms are often an issue for those who attempt to stop smoking marijuana – a telltale sign of addiction. These symptoms can include:
- Changes in appetite
- Marijuana cravings
The physical illness that defines detox is a big part of the reason that professional rehabilitation is necessary when marijuana abuse and addiction become an issue.
Hope for Marijuana Addicts
Whether or not marijuana is legalized for recreational use, the increased use of the drug for medical purposes has led to a higher rate of use of the drug across different populations. More and more people are seeking treatment for marijuana dependence and finding that regular use of the drug inhibits their ability to function and maintain positive relationships with others.
Treatment can mean a whole new lease on life and provide opportunities including:
- Improved physical health
- Better management of mental health issues
- Increased energy
- More presence and clarity at home and at work
- Increased ability to achieve goals
Those who are not shackled by addiction to any substance can enjoy a higher quality of life. If your loved one is struggling with marijuana abuse or dependence upon any drug, don’t wait to seek help. Here at Axis, we can provide your family member with the personalized treatment they need to heal. Call now.