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a reply to: Kester
think a little about the advantages of being able to discuss cannabis with a healthcare professional unworried about potential snitching.
originally posted by: nwtrucker
What you omit is all those people who have lost possessions or have been incarcerated
were fully aware of the consequences of their acts. Now THAT'S an addiction....by any definition.
Short Definition of Addiction:
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
One factor driving the demand: pot. The budding industry has impacted home prices since the state legalized marijuana in 2012.
"There has been a huge bump in real estate prices due to the legalization of marijuana," according to James Paine, managing partner at West Realty Advisors. "It's massively pushed up raw land and industry prices."
In March, Denver experienced the second-largest jump in annual home prices at 10%, just behind San Francisco, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.
Easterling is among a growing number of homeless people who have recently come to Colorado seeking its legal marijuana, and who now remain in the state and occupy beds in shelters, according to service providers.
"The older ones are coming for medical (marijuana), the younger ones are coming just because it's legal," said Brett Van Sickle, director of Denver's Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter, which has more than doubled its staff to accommodate the increase.
originally posted by: combatmaster
a reply to: Hr2burn
I imagine that sometime back in the prohibition era, someone made the same argument you are making now!
only difference is, alcohol can cause death, weed cannot!
so go figure!
• In 2014, when retail marijuana stores began operating, there was a 32 percent
increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in just one year.
• Colorado marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 92 percent from 2010 – 2014.
During the same time periods all traffic deaths only increased 8 percent
Teen Driver Under the Influence Kills a High School Student: In November 2014,
a teenager driving under the influence of marijuana hit and killed a 16-year-old high
school student. One of the passengers in the vehicle said that the driver had been
smoking “weed” in the car and was too high to drive safely.
Consistent with the past, in 2014 still only 47 percent of operators involved in
traffic deaths were tested for drug impairment. Out of those who were tested,
about 1 in 4 tested positive for marijuana.
Marijuana Intoxication Blamed for More Deaths, Injuries: CBS4 Investigates
reporter Brian Maass, in May of 2015, did a report on marijuana intoxication and
• In 2014, when retail marijuana businesses began operating, there was a 38
percent increase in the number of marijuana-related hospitalizations in only one
• In the three years after medical marijuana was commercialized, compared to the
three years prior, there was a 46 percent increase in hospitalizations related to
In 2013, there were 12 THC extraction lab explosions compared to 32 in 2014.
• In 2013, there were 18 injuries from THC extraction lab explosions compared to
30 in 2014.
National THC potency has risen from an average of 3.96 percent in 1995 to an
average of 12.55 percent in 2013. The average potency in Colorado was 17.1