GET THE FACTS ...Marijuana Affects Your Brain. THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) affects the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are formed.
Marijuana Affects Your Self-Control. Marijuana can seriously affect your sense of time and your coordination, impacting things like driving. In the late 1990s, nearly 77,000 people were admitted to emergency rooms suffering from marijuana-related problems, an increase of nearly 375% since 1991.
Marijuana Affects Other Aspects of Your Health. Marijuana can limit your body's ability to f ight off infection. Long-term marijuana use can even increase the risk of developing certain mental illnesses.
Marijuana is Not Always What it Seems. Marijuana can be laced with other dangerous drugs without your knowledge. "Blunts" - hollowed out cigars filled with marijuana - sometimes have substances such as crack cocaine, PCP, or embalming fluid added.
BEFORE YOU RISK IT ...Know the Law.It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana. In most states, holding even a small amount of marijuana can lead to fines or arrest.
Get the Facts. There is no proof that smoking marijuana is healthy and tons of evidence that it is not healthy. Smoking any substance - tobacco, marijuana, or crack cocaine - increases your risk of developing pneumonia and other illnesses.
Stay Informed. It has not yet been proven that using marijuana leads to using other drugs. But, very few people use other drugs without first using marijuana. Teens who smoke marijuana are more likely to try other drugs, in part because they have more contact with people who use and sell them.
Know the Risks. Using marijuana or other drugs increases your risk of injury from car crashes, falls, burns, drowning, and other accidents.
Keep Your Edge. Marijuana affects your judgement, drains your motivation, and can make you feel anxious.
Look Around You. Most teens aren't smoking marijuana. According to a 1997 study, four out of five 12-17 year olds had never even tried marijuana.
KNOW THE SIGNS ...How can you tell if a friend is using marijuana?Sometimes it's tough to tell. But there are signs you can look for. If your friend has one or more of the following warning signs, he or she may be using marijuana:
- seeming dizzy and having trouble walking
- having red, bloodshot eyes, and smelly hair and clothes
- having a hard time remembering things that just happened
- acting silly for no apparent reason
Q&AQ: Isn't smoking marijuana less dangerous than smoking cigarettes?
A: No. It's even worse. One joint affects the lungs as much as four cigarettes.
Q: Can people become addicted to marijuana?
A: Yes. Research confirms that you can become hooked on marijuana.
MARIJUANA IN CONNECTICUTThe majority of high-grade marijuana available in Connecticut comes either from Canada, out of state in-door grow operations, Mexico, and/or the Southwest areas of the United States. Marijuana can be obtained throughout the state from Caucasian criminal groups that smuggle high-quality Canadian produced marijuana across the U.S.-Canada border in private vehicles. An increase in sophisticated indoor hydroponic marijuana growth sites have been revealed around the state in recent years.
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