Marijuana. What is it?. A green and brown mix of dried flowers, stems, seeds and leaves from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa The main active chemical is THC ( tretrahydrocannabinol ) Marijuana is a mild hallucinogen that can also act as a depressant or a stimulant. Growth & Use.
A green and brown mix of dried flowers, stems, seeds and leaves from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa
The main active chemical is THC (tretrahydrocannabinol)
Marijuana is a mild hallucinogen that can also act as a depressant or a stimulant.
Can be grown indoors or outdoors
Usually takes between 2-3 months to cultivate a plant, time also depends on strain
Smoked through joints and bongs
Consumed through various foods
Slowed thinking & Reaction time
Impaired Balance & Coordination
Cough & Respiratory Infections
Impaired Memory & Learning
Increased Heart Rate
Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana's adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off.As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time.
Decriminalization of Marijuana in January 2009
Decriminalized to civil offense for possession of 1oz or less
18+: Fine of $100 and forfeiture of Marijuana
Under 18: Forfeiture of Marijuana and completion of drug awareness program and parents contacted. If not completed in 1 year, the fine may be increased to $1,000
Public Consumption of Marijuana Local Ordinance
In addition to the $100 state fine, anyone who is caught smoking Marijuana in public will be fined an additional $300 and Forfeiture of Marijuana.
Designer drug made to mimic the high of Marijuana
Originally became popular in Europe in 2004 and started being used in the U.S. in 2009
It is thought that K2 is a mix of various legal herbs coated in an unknown chemical. This is hard to detect due to the chemical reactions of these various herbs and chemicals.
Effects: Couchlock (inability to move), persistent body numbness, blacking out, blurred vision, high blood pressure, lung irritation, and severe headaches
Legalizing “Medical” Marijuana is just one step closer to complete legalization
Research shows that there are some medical uses for various parts of the Marijuana plant
Marinol and Cesamet: synthetic THC that is used to treat the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
There are current studies on the medicinal benefits of the marijuana plant; however, to date, medical research does not support smoked marijuana as having any medicinal benefits. (Sativex, mouth spray)
May 2: The Joint Committee on Public Health’s deadline to take action on HB3885- Ballot Bill. If it dies in committee…
July 3: Deadline for petitioners to get an additional 11,500+ signatures to ensure the question to legalize “medical marijuana” in Massachusetts is on the November 2012 Ballot.
What this Bill will do:
More than 80% of “medical marijuana” card holders in CA and CO are white males 17-35 years old with no history of chronic pain but a history of drug and alcohol abuse. 90% of cards are registered for such ailments as headaches and athletes foot.
Only 5% of cardholders have HIV/AIDS, Cancer, or Glaucoma
Patients with HIV/AIDS, Cancer, & Glaucoma
Pro-Marijuana groups have found a way to resonate with American voters by making their message about compassion for the sick and dying
There’s no such thing as a prescription for Marijuana, it’s a recommendation, often made by a doctor who is not the patients normal doctor
Dispensary owners and workers are NOT doctors or pharmacists
A Medical Marijuana card allows a person to carry a 60 day supply on their bodies at any time.
Argument 1: If we legalize Marijuana there won’t be such a desire for people to use it.
Fact 1: There are 15.2 million Marijuana users, 129 million alcohol users, and 70.9 million tobacco users.
Massachusetts already ranks 30% higher in youth marijuana use than the nation.
In 1979, after 11 states decriminalized marijuana the U.S. saw the highest rates of marijuana use in history, 51% of high school seniors that year.
Argument 2: Marijuana is NOT addictive.
~ 1 in 6 teens who use marijuana become addicted
~ 2/3 of people with substance abuse disorders are dependent on Marijuana
Argument 3: We should tax Marijuana so the state can make money off of it.
U.S. costs vs. Taxes (federal + state)
$235 Billion vs. $14.5 billion (6%)
$193 Billion vs. $25 billion (13%)
Argument 4: If we just make marijuana legal we won’t have as much crime or public safety issues.
Fact: CO “medical” marijuana dispensaries attract or cause numerous public safety and crime issues including murders, burglaries, money laundering and decreased quality of life in neighborhoods near dispensaries.
Marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug detected in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.
2.7 Million Alcohol Arrests
~not including violence issues
847,000 Marijuana Arrests
“Oh it’s just Pot, I did it when I was a kid and I’m fine”
THC levels in today’s marijuana is much stronger
1965: Approx. 3.4%
2009: Approx. 9.75%
The FDA is responsible for researching and defining which drugs are safe for human consumption.
Can we as voters?
The FDA has determined that parts of the Marijuana plant would be beneficial medically, they are doing research as we speak, and we already have 2 synthetic drugs approved by the FDA and are being used today.
Projected Statewide Messages.
Making sure MA voters know what the bill really entails.
If you are interested in being a part of the Lynn group and/or the regional group please let me know!