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Marijuana

It's a plant, so it's natural, and natural is always good-right? Think again, because both natural and synthetic versions of marijuana can cause a long-lasting, negative impact on your developing brain.

Marijuana (aka: blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, joint, bud, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, green, trees, smoke, sinsemilla, skunk, weed, hash, tea, chronic, 420) is 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), which moves quickly through the bloodstream to the brain and other organs throughout the body. Marijuana is a mild hallucinogen that can also act as a depressant or a stimulant.

Did You Know?

 

 

Marijuana use is a major public health problem in the United States. In the past 20 years, its use has increased 30-fold; it is estimated that more than a quarter of the American population has used it.

The age at which persons first use marijuana has decreased gradually to the junior high school years. Until recently, nearly 11% of high school seniors used it, and although that figure has declined to 7%, its daily use still exceeds that of alcohol; more high school seniors use marijuana than smoke cigarettes. (source: cdc.gov)

 

Governer Snyder signs law that bans "K2" in Michigan

Gov. Snyder has signed a new law that allows any synthetic substance that mimics the effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which means possession of them is a two-year felony and use of them is a misdemeanor. "Just Think Twice" and stop the use of marijuana.

 

Protecting Our Kids From Marijuana

 

Marijuana IS addictive! Let’s consider the facts. Those who begin using marijuana in their teens have about a 1 in 6 chance of developing marijuana addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction (www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/marijuana), children and teens are 6 times more likely to be in treatment for marijuana than for all other illegal drugs combined.

Learn about how you can start having conversations with your children today on the dangers associated with marijuana use.

 

 

Parents Talk to your children

 

Mobilizing Michigan Marijuana fact sheet

 

Mobilizing Michigan Website