Medical to Recreational Marijuana
Possession, cultivation and private personal consumption of marijuana by adults for the sake of just getting high has already been legal in Colorado for more than year under a state constitutional amendment approved by voters. The fight for recreational marijuana use will begin its’ passage into retail shops in 2014. Denver has legalized the recreational use of marijuana and is now preparing to start selling cannabis on January 1st, 2014. The marijuana retailers expect a large line of eager smokers and big profits as well.
2014 Welcomes Marijuana Retailers
Reuters reports that marijuana retail owners are expecting large amounts of people in line to buy marijuana legally for the first time in American history.
“DENVER (Reuters) – “It will be like people waiting in line for tickets to a Pink Floyd concert,” said Justin Jones, 39, owner of Dank Colorado in Denver who has run a medical marijuana shop for four years and now has a recreational pot license. Jones said he is confident he has enough marijuana on hand for Day One but less sure of inventory levels needed after that. About 90 percent of his merchandise is in smokable form, packaged in small child-proof containers. The rest is a mixture of cannabis-infused edibles, such as cookies, candy and carbonated drinks. “People seem to prefer smoking,” he said.”
What This Means For The Recovery Community
Some may think that the legalization of marijuana and the optimism from retail shop owners means that it’s okay to smoke. This notion couldn’t be more wrong. Tobacco and alcohol are both legal and deadly drugs. The extent of how damaging marijuana can be to a person’s long-term health has yet to be fully researched but I’m sure we’ll get those answers in the years to come. The current recovery community should look at this at it has looked at cigarettes and alcohol – just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Marijuana impacts the brain and the body creating a euphoric feeling and acting on the brain’s reward system. THC (the active ingredient in Marijuana) also disrupts coordination and balance by binding to receptors in the cerebellum and basal ganglia—parts of the brain that regulate balance, posture, coordination, and reaction time. Therefore, learning, doing complicated tasks, participating in athletics, and driving are also affected.