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Denver leads in legalizing marijuana

01-19 | By CSAA Team

Denver leads in legalizing marijuana

On Jan. 18, 2017, Denver will become the first ever state in the United States to give a green signal for the public use of marijuana. Recreational marijuana is, however, legal since 2012 in Colorado.

In November 2016, the people of Denver voted for the use of marijuana in social settings. Denver has now legalized the use of marijuana in clubs and other public places such as art galleries, coffee shops and yoga centers.

Soon after marijuana is legalized a group of eminent pot regulators, business owners and marijuana opponents will formulate regulations regarding its use. Although there is no set date for the finalization of the rules, businesses looking for licenses hope to be able to apply for one by the summer of 2017.

The State Liquor Control Board has laid down some basic rules owing to which none of the businesses can get involved in marijuana unless a liquor license is procured. Also, the businesses that already have such a license cannot allow the use of marijuana on their premises.

Along with the mandatory licensing, the establishments allowing marijuana use will also have to arrange for an approval from the neighborhood, revealed Emmet Reistroffer, a pot-industry consultant, who ran a campaign last year demanding marijuana use at public places.

However, Rachel O’Bryan, who led the opposition campaign, expressed the apprehension that this development will not be able to prevent people from driving under the influence of the drug. Bryan also stated that since the new law doesn’t allow businesses to sell marijuana, they would not be able to control what people are actually bringing in, consuming and of what potency.

A bipartisan bill pertaining to statewide pot clubs is pending but it has unsettled projections since it is not yet clear if the Trump government will allow this line of business, breaching the federal law.

Adverse effects of marijuana addiction

Marijuana is the most widely abused illicit drug in the U.S. It is derived from the dried seeds, flowers, leaves and stem of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Marijuana is usually smoked and can be of a gray, green or brown color. The psychoactive component of marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a mind-altering compound. It produces a feeling of happiness, euphoria, relaxation and sleeplessness. However, higher amounts can even produce paranoia.

Apart from THC, marijuana also contains chemicals that are used medically to increase appetite and reduce nausea. THC is also effective in decreasing pain, inflammation, muscle control problems and cancer. However, excessive use can lead to panic, anxiety and growth disorder.

Road to recovery

Addiction is a serious mental health disorder, which can have devastating consequences if ignored or left untreated. The decision to get de-addicted or to help someone get sober can be a crucial step in starting a new life, no matter how hard the road to recovery is.

If you or someone you know is addicted to marijuana, it is time to reach out for professional help. Contact the Colorado Substance Abuse Advisors to get to know about the substance abuse treatment programs in Colorado and start your journey to sobriety. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-300-5857 or chat online with our experts for information on the best substance abuse treatment centers in Colorado.


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