Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the United States. The source of marijuana is the hemp plant (cannabis sativa), which contains at least 400 different chemicals. The main mind-altering ingredient is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). As marijuana use increases, tolerance to the drug may develop and greater amounts may be needed to produce the desired effects. In time, psychological dependence or addiction may result. For this reason, marijuana is considered a "Gateway" drug, which may lead to individuals experimenting with other drugs to achieve the same effects they once experienced from marijuana.
In Michigan it is a Misdemeanor offense to possess marijuana, and it is punishable by a sentence of up to 1yr in jail and a fine of not more than $2,000.00. It is a Felony to distribute or manufacture any amount of marijuana; the penalties vary depending upon the quantity. On December 4, 2008, Michigan passed the Michigan Medicinal Marihuana Act (MMMA), which allows authorized patients or caregivers in possession of a State issued Registry Identification Card to possess or cultivate specific quantities of marijuana.
Marijuana Use Prevention Tips
Talk With Your Child: Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining good communication with children. Focus on breaking down communication barriers, how to tell if your child is depressed, and how to have effective two-way communication with your child.
Get Involved: Young people are much less likely to have mental health and substance use problems when they have positive activities to do and when caring adults are involved in their lives.
Set Rules: Experts say it is essential to make clear rules and enforce them with consistency and appropriate disciplinary action.
Be a Role Model: Children like to imitate adults. This is why parents need to be mindful of their actions when it comes to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs and what they say about people with mental illness.
Teach Kids To Choose Friends Wisely: We've all heard the phrase "peer pressure." Children want to be accepted and noticed by their peers, and sometimes this can lead children to do things they would not normally do.
Monitor Your Child's Activities: Research shows that monitoring a child's activities is an important way of lowering his or her chances of getting involved in a harmful situation.