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Police bust illegal marijuana dispensary in Pacific Beach

Published On: 03-30-2018 in Category: addiction

Police bust illegal marijuana dispensary in Pacific Beach

Serving a search warrant on a marijuana dispensary in San Diego’s Pacific Beach area, narcotics enforcement officers raided the illegal shop on March 15, 2018, and confiscated 57 pounds of high-grade cannabis, among other things. They also took two individuals into custody. According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), authorities raided the Truly Green located at 4150 Mission Boulevard and seized over 1,400 cannabis edibles — THC-infused sodas and energy drinks — two pistols, and $3,100 in cash.

The two arrested individuals are workers who face charges of drug possession with intent to sell, and operating without a valid permit. Although, dispensary owners were not present at the time of the raid, SDPD officers said that they too would be charged in connection with this case.

As 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, experts feel that harmful effects of the drug are being ignored. Despite the widespread acceptance of marijuana in many circles, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved its medicinal value. It continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of high potential for abuse and the absence of any known therapeutic benefit. As per the FDA, so far, pharmacologists have not conducted extensive clinical trials to determine the medicinal value of marijuana, which could outweigh the possible health risks.

Legislators in various states have passed medical marijuana laws with the good intention of helping patients with chronic painful conditions to get relief. However, on the flipside, there are many who have discovered loopholes in the current system either to make a quick buck or to satisfy their compulsive drug-seeking behaviors. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million people aged 12 or older were current users of cannabis in 2016.

Leading a marijuana-free life

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main hallucinogenic ingredient in the cannabis plant that is responsible for causing addiction and dependence. Research shows that extended use of marijuana can result in accelerated heart rate and anxiety, amnesia, cognitive impairments, distorted perception, difficulties in thinking and problem solving, poor motor skills, and decrease in muscle strength. Additionally, second-hand marijuana smoke can lead to several respiratory disorders.

NSDUH data shows that nearly 4 million people aged 12 or older in 2016 had a marijuana use disorder in the past year. Nevertheless, addiction is not the end of the road for individuals struggling with marijuana use disorder, as a turnaround is possible with professional detox treatment. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The San Diego Drug Treatment and 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 619-567-2107 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity. One should not forget that substance use disorders could have life-threatening implications, if left untreated.

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