Marijuana use will not be legal in Ohio anytime soon. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce decided Tuesday not to endorse Issue 3, which would have legalized marijuana use and sales. Chamber President and CEO Andrew Doehrel said "numerous and serious workplace concerns" caused the board of directors to vote against it.
If you or someone you love is struggling with marijuana use, it's important to understand this drug can be addictive and have harmful effects on physical and mental health. While it has gained wider acceptance in recent times, marijuana dependence is a measurable and damaging condition.
Marijuana consists of leaves picked from a cannabis or hemp plant and dried for consumption to obtain its psychoactive effects from its tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) properties. It's the number one illicit drug abused in the United States and may lead to marijuana dependence.
The DEA, a federal government agency, classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs have "no currently accepted medical use". Other Class I drugs include heroin. In most U.S. states, it's illegal to grow, sell or use marijuana. Some states have legalized or significantly decriminalized it, despite research supporting its marijuana dependence potential.
Marijuana causes euphoria and relaxation due to the psychoactive properties of THC. People typically smoke dried leaves and may also boil leaves in liquid for tea or mixing it into food, like baked goods.
THC excites receptors in the brain which normally react to natural neurotransmitters found in the brain. These naturally occurring chemicals have THC properties and are used in normal brain development and operations.
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