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Vermont House gives nod to marijuana bill, awaits Governor’s decision

The Vermont House of Representatives recently approved the marijuana legalization bill by a majority of 81 to 63. In addition, lawmakers who were arguing in its favor rejected some last minute amendments that would have tampered with the essence of the bill H.511. It permits individuals aged 21 and above to possess not more than 1 ounce of marijuana and grow it at home beginning July 2018. Hailing its passage, majority leader Krowinski, D-Burlington said, “We’re proud to be the first state in the nation to pass marijuana legalization without the pressure of a public referendum.”  

In May 2017, Vermont Governor Phil Scott had said that he would veto the marijuana legislation. He had said that it was not time yet and that one needed to go slow. The governor also raised concerns about the bill not including strict penalties for drugged driving and drug selling to minors. He wanted to ensure public safety at all cost. Considering that marijuana seriously affects the brain development of children, most states have laws in place that prevent its misuse including a ban on marijuana-based edibles and drinks, and restrictions on the amount of marijuana in lotions and other such toiletries. Considering the ramifications of weed abuse, many belonging to the anti-pot camp believe that the governor had set his priorities right.

However, the good times may not last for long as Attorney General Jeff Sessions is backtracking the marijuana policy of the Obama era, which was responsible for the legalization of pot in many states. His new approach grants freedom to federal prosecutors to take action against offenders in the states where weed is legal.

Dangers of marijuana use

Marijuana has existed since ancient times but it gained prominence in the 1920s. Later, due to its association with the beat generation and the hippies it achieved popularity among the masses and the young, in particular, as a symbol of rebellion. The drug is known for its psychedelic properties and for its primary constituents – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is responsible for causing the high and CBD has medicinal properties that is believed to counter the ill effects of THC. Pot continues to remain an illegal drug in the eyes of the federal law.

Strangely, the same lobby of pot enthusiasts who champion its use are silent about the damaging and addictive properties of marijuana. It is often called a gateway drug, meaning that prolonged abuse can cause one to experiment with other drugs as well. It is common for a person to experience distorted sense of time and space, hallucinations and delusional behavior, which increases the potential of one to not only harm self but also others. Long-term abuse of marijuana is also known to result in schizophrenia and psychosis.

Getting help for marijuana abuse

Detoxing from the ill effects of marijuana is possible only if one makes the firm resolve to come clean. It is a holistic process, involving not only a thorough detoxification, but also life-building skills and various therapies to bring about behavioral changes. During the process, the patient learns to regain normalcy with the active support of family and friends.

Misuse of any harmful substance, be it alcohol or marijuana, can have serious health consequences. If you or a loved one is grappling with an addiction, contact the 24/7 Recovery Helpline. Our experts can help you find the right treatment program for a holistic recovery. For any kind of drug rehab help, you can call our 24 hour drug helpline 855-441-4405 or chat online with a representative.

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