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Police arrest Miami man for hosting illegal pot party, seize 50 pounds of marijuana

Published On: 05-29-2017 in Category: addiction, addiction treatment, Marijuana, Substance abuse

A 32-year-old resident of Miami was arrested on May 21, 2017, for organizing an unlawful marijuana event at an industrial warehouse called the Barrio Workshop at 520 W. Flagler Street. Police have also seized more than 50 pounds of marijuana stored in jars in the form of cookies, candies and several other chewable edibles.

It started when police officers noticed several illegally parked vehicles at the industrial warehouse in Miami. Upon further investigation, officers discovered a marijuana festival in progress and arrested Leandro Arriaga on multiple charges, including conducting business without a valid permit, marijuana trafficking and possession of cannabis paraphernalia. On being arrested, Arriaga told the investigating officers that he was simply holding an event to make people aware of Amendment 2, which was approved by voters in November 2016.

Marijuana menace in Florida

With the passage of Amendment 2 or the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative, medical use of marijuana was made legal across the state. However, this has also opened doors to a plethora of problems involving cannabis abuse and addiction, as in any other state in the United States.

According to the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), marijuana use among grade 9 students in the state is increasing since 2015 with 15.2 percent reporting that they first used the drug at the age of 13. Studies suggest that early addiction to cannabinoid multiplies the risk of grave behavioral health concerns during adulthood.

Marijuana is highly addictive substance

In light of the popularity of the pro-medical marijuana campaigns that insist on decriminalization of this drug, many fear that damaging and addictive nature of cannabis will get sidelined. Irrespective of the decriminalization of medical and recreational marijuana in certain states, people at large should be made aware of the fact that it is a highly-addictive and mind-altering substance, which can lead to adverse health concerns. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient in marijuana that induces psychoactive changes in the body leading to dependence and triggers cravings in chronic users.

Being a long-acting drug, cannabis is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing the individual to several health hazards. Research shows that use of marijuana over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and chronic smoking can damage the respiratory tract.

Research shows that everyone has the neurobiological potential to become an addict. However, in the area of rewards, every individual might not be on the same level as people addicted to a substance where it might be simply hard-wired into their gray matter. Nevertheless, marijuana modifies the brain’s reward system by inducing a dopamine rush, which automatically tweaks the brain for a heightened response to other drugs.

Battling menace of addiction

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the country. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Miami Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 305-615-2028 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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