Joshua Meribole and Danny Mooers–Staff Writers
April 20, also known as 420, is the unofficial day dedicated to celebrating marijuana. With the growing acceptance of weed in the American culture, the threat it proposes to young adult is at times overlooked.
Smoking marijuana distorts the development of the brain for young adult and teenagers according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In studies done involving young adolescents, the CDC says that marijuana can reduce their “attention, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.”
If a person starts using marijuana at a young age, its effect can last long-term or may even become permanent.
CDC also warns that Marijuana can be addictive. One in 10 people who use marijuana are at risk of getting addicted. The chances increase for people who are below 18 with a one-in-six chance developing a possible addiction.
In by Joanna Jacobus and Susan F. Tapert, the perceived danger of marijuana decreased in the years 1992 and 2012 from 80 to 45 percent.
Furthermore, there is discussion of the medical benefits of marijuana.
“We are lightly going down the path of medical marijuana,” said Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra. Feenstra also teaches in the business department at Dordt.
Iowa is on pace to open five marijuana dispensaries in the near future. The dispensaries will be located all over the state.The marijuana dispensaries are for those who need it for medical issues and not for recreational purchases.
Medical marijuana is different from marijuana taken for recreational purpose.
The two most common chemicals found in marijuana are THC and CBD. THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, is said to be responsible for the “high” feeling created in marijuana. It is found in Savita plant strains.
The CDC, also notes that the higher the THC, the greater the chance for addiction.
CBD, Cannabinoid, is the marijuana component that is believed to have medical benefits.
In Iowa, medical marijuana must not contain over three percent of THC, and can only be given to patients who are at least 18-years-old and are legally allowed to have marijuana. At three percent, patients may not suffer the mind-altering effects of THC.
CBD can be administered to people who have certain condition such as Cancer, AIDs, Crohn’s disease, seizures etc.
Feenstra emphasizes the risks of using marijuana
“It is a gateway drug,” said Senator Randy.
Dordt does not take finding marijuana lightly.
“If we find the substance we are going to call the police,” says Robert Taylor.
However, if students were to fail a drug test, they would go through Dordt sanctioning system.
Mr. Taylor says that students stand a chance being kicked out with the possibility of re-entry after a certain period.
He said that Dordt is willing to provide help to students who may be abusing substances.