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Long Beach, nine other cities jointly challenge federal marijuana enforcement

Published On: 02-02-2018 in Category: medical marijuana

Long Beach, nine other cities jointly challenge federal marijuana enforcement

In early January 2018, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, along with mayors of nine other cities, signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to rethink his decision to roll back a federal marijuana policy. The federal policy didn’t prioritize prosecution of marijuana-related offenses in states where cannabis use was already decriminalized through the ballot box. California is one of 29 states where medical marijuana is legal.

Bill de Blasio of New York, Jenny Durkan of Seattle, Michael Hancock of Denver, Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pauline Cutter of San Leandro and Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon, were some of the other mayors who signed the letter. Highlighting the irrelevance of the attorney general’s move, the letter stated, “Reversing course now is a misguided legal overreach and an attack on cities where legal, safe, and high regulated recreational sale and use occurs, and on the majority of states where the voters have made their voices heard loud and clear on this issue.”

The mayors insisted that the Trump administration should not waste taxpayers’ money on prosecuting something, which has already been legalized in the state. Instead, law enforcement efforts should focus on fighting the opioid crisis across states. In the letter, they said they were ready to do everything possible within the rule of law to protect their residents, combat the opioid crisis, and ensure their businesses, residents and visitors are safeguarded against this overreach.

Marijuana is a harmful substance

Popularly known as pot, weed, grass or herb, marijuana is one of the most widely abused drugs in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 10 percent marijuana users get addicted to the drug. Whereas individuals who begin using the drug before the age of 18, that number goes up to one in six. Additionally, people hooked on weed are more likely to suffer from other problems such as impaired memory, cognition and attention.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major mind-altering chemical in marijuana that induces intoxicating effects in users and leaves them craving for similar highs. Moreover, the cannabis plant also contains over 100 other psychoactive compounds known as cannabinoids, which increase the likelihood of addiction over a period of extended use. Amid the large-scale pro-marijuana campaigns across the country demanding nationwide decriminalization of the drug, studies suggest a steady decline in the negative perception about cannabis. The National Institutes of Health’s 2017 survey indicates that both vaping and marijuana use are becoming more popular than smoking regular cigarettes or abusing prescription opioids.

Leading a sober life once again

Cannabis has a great potential for abuse, and seeking professional marijuana detox at a reputed rehab is the only way to break free from the clutches of addiction. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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