One of the numerous cities that make up Los Angeles County is Santa Monica, California. The city is home to a little more than 92,000 people and sits on the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.1 Even though marijuana is legal in California, Santa Monica has temporarily banned sales of recreational marijuana.2
Marijuana legalization has been gaining traction across the United States, and although the drug is still illegal at the federal level, 30 states and Washington, DC, have all passed legal marijuana laws of some kind.3 In many places where legal consumption of this drug exists, it is regulated similarly to alcohol and tobacco, with age restrictions, limitations on public use, and taxes that make it tougher to afford.3 In California, Proposition 64 legalized recreational use of marijuana throughout the state, but it allows individual cities to control whether or not they will allow this.4 Santa Monica has decided, for now, not to allow it.
This relaxing drug alters sensory perceptions and the experience of time, can cause mood swings, and lead to changes in memory, cognition, and physical coordination that may be harmful. Similar to alcohol, another legal drug, marijuana abuse can be harmful and lead to addiction. If someone you know struggles with marijuana abuse, it is important to get them appropriate treatment. Research your options on this page.
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