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Marijuana is legal in Washington DC, some people have to be wondering if the President is taking advantage of this new law and smoking outside of the oval office. After all he did not put up resistance or veto it when it was proposed. Almost half of the country made it legal. Some states made it okay for people to smoke it for medicinal purposes only, and some states allow it for medical and recreational use. Most people hear the word marijuana and right away think it is an illegal drug, so it is bad. However that may be a correct analogy.
When it was legalized in the nation’s capital, the new law did not make it a week before the District of Columbia council voted in favor of imposing more restrictions. The new law states that it is legal to smoke pot in a private home, but it is illegal to smoke it in any public place. This includes; clubs, bars, restaurants, and any where outside of a person’s home. This is bad news for weed fanatics whom wanted to hang out with fellow pot heads at a cannabis style club, or planned on renting out a hall to have an old fashion pot party. They will have to get their jollies behind closed doors in their home. The council said that it will push to make the old-fashioned teenage hang outs of garages and green houses a legal place to light up.
Marijuana is generally related to the stem, seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant, or also known as the Cannabis sativa. The chemical delta-9-Tetracannabinol or THC is the main ingredient that gives a person that high feeling, and is considered to be mind altering. In the United States one out of three people have either smoked marijuana, or had a brownie that was spiked with it. If the President does smoke the now legalized marijuana, that would explain how he stays so calm in stressful television appearances.
The physical side effects of marijuana come from the THC in the Cannabis sativa plant, it affects how a person’s body works. No matter how someone chooses to indulge in the recreational drug, it will affect just about every one of their organs. It makes the heart beat twice as fast, and has been known to cause heart attacks. It also affects the immune and the nervous system, and is absorbed by the body right away. If ingested right before or after eating, it takes longer to enter the blood stream, because it is absorbed into the blood through the stomach. The effects of marijuana on the body is only endured for a few hours. It is unknown if it contributes to the odds of getting lung cancer. Steady smokers will be more likely to develop a persistent cough, and have lung related illnesses, such as infections in the lungs and colds. Some other physical symptoms of marijuana are a slowed reflexes, dizziness, a very dry mouth causing increased thirst, causes the smoker to be hungry, or have the munchies, and it causes the whites of the eyes to become blood-shot.
People who smoke for a long period of time, tend to have withdrawal symptoms when they stop ingesting it, such as sleeplessness, irritability, decreased appetite, and maybe crave certain foods. Even though marijuana is legal in Washington DC, three other states, and 23 states medically, it is unlikely that the President smokes just for the fact that his mandatory physical every year proves he is in good health.
By Katherine Miller-Chichester
webmd.com: How does marijuana affect you?
qz.com: Marijuana is now legal in Washington DC, but new restrictive law forces smokers to stay home
Ballotpedia.org: Washington DC marijuana legalization, initiative 71(November 2014)
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