The state of California passed regulations in 2016 to allow the recreational sale and use of marijuana. In Proposition 64, however, were provisions for each county and city in the state to manage legalization how they wanted, including banning sale, possession, and use outright. San Bernardino County has adopted legalized marijuana, but Redlands, California, a small city within San Bernardino, does not allow the drug at all.1
While the Redlands ban is temporary, and the city intends to revisit this law, it may take some time. Marijuana is a potent and addictive psychedelic drug, and it has long been a problem for law enforcement and medical professionals in the state. In 2008, marijuana possession led to 26% of drug arrests throughout California, and 14% of admissions to drug treatment programs.2
Although marijuana is not associated with overdose death the same way that alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids are, this central nervous system (CNS) depressant can trigger mood and memory problems that last for a long time. The drug causes a sense of sedation, but when it wears off, the person may feel anxiety, depression, or both. People who have underlying mental illnesses like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia may have these conditions triggered by abusing this psychedelic drug.
It is important to get help to overcome marijuana abuse and any associated mental health issues that may appear. Contact us today to speak to a recovery support advisor about your treatment options for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
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