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US Drug Policy

Marijuana is arguably the most commonly used illicit drug available today.  In one recent study, thirty-eight percent of American adults have reported using this substance (source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/163835/tried-marijuana-little-changed-80s.aspx).  Along with its widespread use, Marijuana has been made legal with the possession of a Medical Marijuana card in seventeen states, including the following:

– Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.

The possession limit laws vary in each state. To see the possession limits in each state, please go to this link:

Marijuana Possession Laws

Despite the fact that its use has been decriminalized in many states, it’s important to remember many people will continue to experience difficulties with this drug, both in the effects they feel while under its influence, and when trying to stop after they have become addicted.  If you or a loved one is having trouble with marijuana, please feel free to contact one of our intake specialists at Axis West to see if we can help.

 

Crack and Cocaine:

Recent federal reforms of crack sentencing laws have placed a much higher penalty for the possession and sale of crack in comparison to cocaine.  Possession of 28 grams of crack cocaine yields a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for the holder’s first offense.  On the contrary, it takes 500 grams of powder cocaine to prompt the same sentence.

Psychedelics:

In the 1950s and early 1960s, psychedelic drugs such as LSD were considered promising treatments for a broad range of psychiatric and psychological conditions. Thousands of people were introduced to the drug in clinical studies. However as the 1970’s starting to approach, the government put a pause on the use of psychedelic drugs to evaluate their medical safety and efficacy. The ban on these drugs lasted for decades, but has been slowly lifted over the past decade. Today, several studies persist to determine and evaluate the medical safety of these drugs. The Supreme Court has recently ruled that psychedelics can be used as part of the practices of certain controlled religions.

Drug use affects every facet of society, consequently straining our economy, our healthcare, our criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of young people. Many challenges exist, however overall drug use in the United States has dropped over the past thirty years. Currently, the Obama Administration has committed over $10 million to drug education programs. The administration is working with Federal, state, local, partners, and community grantees to educate teens on healthy choices in hopes of preventing drug abuse.

At Axis West, we are here to educate you, and provide the support system that leads you or a loved one to a constructive, positive, healthy, and drug-free life.

 

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