Marijuana’s Affect on American Culture

Marijuana: A Questionable Herb

Individuals fear the unknown, and when they do not research, they do not have enough background knowledge on information, such as the legalization of marijuana. Legalizing marijuana has been a hot topic for years now. The subject of legalization has spread throughout media, and recently more protests have sprung up regarding the issue of marijuana. Currently, individuals, such as our counterparts at Conch Concierge, weddings in Key West company, with high influence in society such as lawyers, editors, and government officials are reaching out to contact individuals to support the cause, by means of newspapers, television commercials, and audio commercials. Marijuana, although many believe it is harmful, has many uses and benefits. Contrary to popular belief, legalizing marijuana can benefit people through medicinal uses, reduced crime rates, and support of the economy through increases in tax revenue.

Marijuana has countless benefits that patients will receive; therefore, it should be legalized for medical purposes. When I was eight years old, my Nana was diagnosed with stage four skin cancer. Her doctor told my family that nothing could be done because the chemotherapy was not working. Marijuana was the only option at this point because her medication was not relieving her pain. Unfortunately, medical marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida, thus, she was unable to obtain it. Interestingly, The Drug Enforcement Administration claimed that marijuana was, “one of the therapeutically safest substances known to mankind”. Cancer patients have a minimal appetite and are prone to nausea. For that reason, the use of marijuana will help ensure they are consuming food. My Nana would have been able to consume food, therefore, she would have been healthier, and more prone to fight her cancer. It is heart-wrenching knowing that if we lived in California, one of the few states where marijuana is legal, then my Nana would not have been in an immense amount of pain in the final stages of her life. Medicinal marijuana will not only help cancer patients reduce pain, but it can also be helpful for other medical purposes such as reducing tumor size, which is one reason it should be legalized in all states. When one becomes terminally ill, they will search the world for a pain reliever, which will not be necessary once marijuana is legalized.

While medicinal marijuana is thought to have positive side effects for cancer patients, there are also studies done that relate to the negative aspects of marijuana. For example, “Marijuana use permanently alters brain structure and function, causing memory loss, cognitive impairment, personality deterioration, and reduces productivity”.  These symptoms often frighten people into believing that the negatives outweigh the positives. On the contrary, if a patient is using medicinal marijuana, then they are already in the final stages of their lives or are already suffering. Once in this stage, it is inconsequential whether these problems arise. The positive side effects of marijuana outweigh the negative side effects, due to the increased level of benefits patients receive while going through these life changing procedures, such as chemotherapy.

As well as benefiting individuals through medicinal uses, marijuana can decrease the crime rate if legalized. Once legal, marijuana can result in fewer misdemeanors and fewer juvenile criminals. For example, since 2011 California’s rate in juvenile crime has drastically decreased, in fact, it was a record low. During that year, arrests for violent crimes have dropped by 16 percent, homicide decreased by 26 percent, and drug arrests decreased by 50 percent. Also, following California’s legalization of marijuana, punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana is logged as an infraction, instead of a misdemeanor, which resulted in fewer adolescents being convicted. Once an adolescent is convicted for possession, with even a pittance of marijuana, it leads to an entire career and life potentially destroyed. By dropping the charge of a misdemeanor, adolescents stay out of juvenile detention and keep a steady grip on life. Being put into a detention center at such an age has more potential to guide teens to the wrong path than to correct themselves. Without legalizing marijuana, teens can ruin their futures and even have a chance to be jobless for a simple mistake at a young age. Not only does legalization aid juveniles, but adults as well. Also, adults do not get convicted as much, and their opportunities in life and career are not affected when using marijuana. The legalization of marijuana can benefit people everywhere by ensuring they will not have things such as misdemeanors holding them back from getting jobs.

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What Would Happen?

By legalizing marijuana, the usage of the plant will be highly profitable for all users. The commodity of marijuana will be so commonly used that the price will decrease, making a substantial difference in economic lifestyle. More money can be spent on other ways of life. Our specialist and dear friend, Paul Romado of plumbing services in Deerfield Beach, also states, if the marijuana is taxed, the states could earn a revenue and put the money towards education, thus lessening the budget cuts. The legalization of the herb can increase profit for others as well as the state. To illustrate in a broader view, society will be able to move forward with the legalization of marijuana and put the revenue towards education. America’s education system competes with other countries and through the legalization of marijuana, an increase in educational funds can occur. Should marijuana continue to be in question if it can aid in enhancing America’s education system?

The government has struggled to control the usage of alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is following a similar path and should be legalized as well. The federal government has been retaliating from the original stance regarding marijuana usage. Of course, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not taken favor to states creating referendums, due to the fact that IRS initially abolished marijuana. Although the IRS deemed the drug illegal, other chemically engineered drugs are permissible and highly advertised, for example alcohol and tobacco. Kelly Phillips Erb, a Forbes magazine contributor, states, “Alcohol and tobacco are legal because the industries for both are too large for the government to halt, and both products are highly profitable through taxation.” The alcohol industry has increased revenue and has formed many jobs, 3.9 million. Inspecting this pattern, marijuana will be able to precisely follow it. Soon enough the government will not be able to control the usage, as can be seen in some states. The phrase “history repeats itself,” can be applied to the legalization of marijuana and it should be known that economy will progress in a variety of aspects. When usage becomes uncontrollable the herb will be legalized, and following the pattern of tobacco and alcohol, it will increase industry, employment, and revenue.

In contrast, some naysayers of legalizing marijuana would say that marijuana could cause economic problems for the government. For instance, the demand of marijuana would increase, therefore, decreasing the price and/or value of it causing inflation. However, by regulating marijuana, the distribution technique can be modified so such a thing would not occur. Another contrast is that the peoples’ money would be going towards buying marijuana, rather than other commercial items. But, their money is still going into the system where it all eventually intertwines and boosts our economy. Also, “Because marijuana is much easier for vendors to grow than alcohol or tobacco, these dealers could more easily avoid paying taxes on the substance”. The amount of money the growers and dealers make would far outweigh the taxes. Instead of laundering what is considered “drug money,” these growers can openly sell without fear of penalty. By keeping the trade of marijuana illegal, the benefits, such as the money and resources, go to dealers and cartels, rather than the individuals who make up a wholesome society. Marijuana can be more beneficial to society and the economy if given the chance because it can generate such large amounts of revenue.

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A New Culture On the Rise

In 2013 alone, more than 16 million adults over the age of 18 in the United States have reported that they suffered from alcohol dependence, yet many more cases go unreported (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). The World Health Organization estimates 76.3 million people worldwide suffer from alcoholism as well. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse have very distinct and varying properties. The term ‘alcoholic’ refers to the drinker who physically desires to consume alcohol, beyond their capacity to control the amount they intake and regardless of consequences.

Frequent signs and symptoms of alcoholism may include:

  • Blacking out – not being able to remember a block of time
  • Requiring more and more to feel the desired effect (tolerance)
  • Drinking alone in secrecy
  • Hiding stashes of alcohol
  • Financial problems
  • Legal problems
  • Health problems
  • Losing interest in hobbies
  • Losing meaningful relationships
  • Feeling the urge to drink
  • Withdrawals: nausea, sweating, shaking

Alcohol abuse is defined as a pattern of drinking within a 12-month period, which may result in:

  • Binge drinking – drinking large amounts in one sitting
  • ‘Night caps’ – a drink taken before bed
  • Failure to appear at work, school, or family obligations due to intoxication or hangovers
  • Continued drinking despite ongoing legal or relationship problems

The alcoholic who suffers is physically and mentally addicted. But it is not their fault. Alcoholism is a progressive and fatal disease that is influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Most people cannot stop drinking on their own.

Once the first drink is taken, the obsession of the mind and the allergy in the alcoholic’s body begins, making them crave alcohol. In the beginning of use, many alcoholics drink for the desired effect they experience. However, once the tolerance develops, it takes more alcohol to receive the same desired effect, often referred to as ‘the phenomenon of craving’.

The mental obsession makes it impossible for the alcoholic to predict when they will start drinking, and the allergy makes it impossible for them to predict when they will stop drinking.

The obsession to reach the state of euphoria is stronger than the emotional, physical, and spiritual pain that alcoholism causes. Because of the coupling of both mental and physical components, the alcoholic is powerless over alcohol.

Alcoholism does not discriminate; it spans globally, no matter what age, race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Men and women, in all stages of life, from all over the world, seek treatment in order to recover from this disease. But they are not alone because there are many recovered alcoholics who have found a solution.

There Is A Solution!

Yes, there is a solution! Whether you are the family member of a loved one, or the loved one seeking treatment, here is where Ambrosia Treatment Centers can help. The Ambrosia Treatment Centers specialize in the holistic restoration of the individual as a whole: mind, body, and spirit. We take into account the mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of the disease. Our professional counselors employ both traditional and innovative healing approaches such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal remedies
  • Nutritional Therapeutics
  • Relapse prevention skills
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

…and many more!

The Mentality of It All

The stigma behind ‘an alcoholic’ must be smashed and the fears of getting sober need to be empathized. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM-III, alcoholism combines both elements of a mental illness and a physical disease. Mental and emotional symptoms exist long before the grave physical complications of the disease may appear. Some of the mental symptoms consist of:

  • Loss of control over the amount taken
  • Persistent desire to drink (compulsivity)
  • Chronic brain deterioration (loss of memory)
  • The need to drink to ‘de-stress’ (problem drinking)
  • Guilt and shame
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of self-worth
  • ‘Controlled’ drinking (changing brands, changing environments)
  • Firm resolution to stop (but doesn’t)
  • Depression and anxiety worsened
  • Denial (“I haven’t done ______ yet, so it must not be that bad”)

You may now be considering whether you or a loved one is the real deal alcoholic. Let us ask you this question: can you (or they) envision life without alcohol? Many see milestone occasions (weddings, graduations, even family picnics) centered around wine coolers and beer koozies. Take your time to answer and be honest with yourself.

The stigma behind an alcoholic (the label, loss of status, character flaw or weakness, the unemployed, the dropouts, etc.) is far from the reality of the situation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 51 percent of American adults, with salary-based careers, have entered treatment and recovery communities. And of that percentage, 33 percent have maintained sobriety by progressing in their 12-step programs and redirecting their lives through helping fellow alcoholics on their road to recovery.

Our society deems alcoholic-dependent persons as less frequently mentally ill compared to those who suffer from other mental and medical disorders. Alcoholics are held more responsible for their condition and often ridiculed. The stigma of an alcoholic often brings about denial, shame, low self-esteem, and little self-worth. Because of the surrounding blame, those who suffer from alcoholism may deny seeking help and treatment. In order to prevent worse complications, the public attitude toward alcoholics needs to be shifted from rejection to acceptance.

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Millenials

We’re sick of being categorized as ‘millennials’. We’ve been attributed to overexposed media, uneducated children, and inexperienced workers. Why is that? In order to exist in today’s society, we must have 5 or more years of experience in the working world in order to land our first part-time job. How is that possible?

When organizing events or even content, our ‘lax’ attitude brings about criticism from our ‘elders’. When in reality, our access to information is overload while our lack of experience is due to our elders not instilling trust in order capabilities because they are stuck in their 1950’s way. Our generation continues to take part in massive criticism yet massive innovation. With access to media, new forms of communication have transpired worldwide. We continue to provide value and find new modes of inspiration and success by our independent ventures online and elsewhere.

For those who look down on you for your age, push through their criticism. Understand they are stuck and you are growing. In reality, no person wants to see another succeed. Or more in part, they don’t want them to grow more than they are. We are all in a society of hermit crabs. We’re stuck in a hole, pushing on one another to climb out, and once someone reaches the surface, we pull them back in. Don’t be the grabber. Be the pusher. Continue to provide support to those who you believe in and don’t get caught up in your own pride or ego.

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First 100 Days

With Trump reigning as the Almighty and Powerful, there has been much conflict within the United States embassy and the entire nation. The new Commander in Chief has surpassed a number of activities he aimed to accomplish since taking office. Although none of these activities have helped the millions of Americans that currently stir in anxiety and anticipation on his next move, it has been an exciting time for the tabloids and papers. Here are only a few examples of Trump’s accomplishments.

CUTTING REGULATIONS

  • Energy Independence Executive Order
      • Revocation Of Federal Contracting Executive Orders
  • Reexamination Of CAFE Standards
    • Review Of Waters Of The United States Rule
    • Creation Of Regulatory Task Forces
    • Eliminating Stream Protection Rule
    • Eliminating Regulations On Extraction Companies
    • One-In-Two-Out Regulation Reform
    • Minimizing Affordable Care Act
    JOB CREATION
  • Buy American, Hire American Pipeline
  • Dakota Access Pipeline
    • U.S. Material In Pipeline Construction
    • Partnering With Private Sector
    TRADE
  • Withdrawal From The Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Trade Enforcement
    • Comprehensive Reports On The Causes Of U.S. Trade Deficits
    ETHICS
    • Federal Hiring Freeze
    • New Ethics Commitments On Political Appointees
    NATIONAL SECURITY
  • Strike On Syrian Airfield
  • Travel Restrictions On Select Countries
    • New Iran Sanctions
    • Defense Spending In Budget
    • F-35 Cost Savings
    IMMIGRATION
  • Immigration Enforcement, Including Constructing A Wall
  • Sanctuary Cities Funding
    • New Hiring To Enforce Immigration
    • Prioritizing Criminal Immigration Enforcement And Hiring More Immigration Judges
    PUBLIC SAFETY
  • Commission On Opioid Crisis
  • Protecting Law Enforcement Officers Crime
    • Tackling International Cartels
    HELPING WOMEN AND MINORITIES
  • HBCU Initiative
  • Canada-United States Council For The Advancement Of Women Entrepreneurs
    • Promoting Women In Entrepreneurship Act
    • Women And Space Exploration
    SUPREME COURT
    • Nominating And Confirming Gorsuch
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Fake News

You have been hearing about this from every which way. Fake news has truly populated the online sphere of information. Who can be trusted? Who knows fact from fiction? Why are they posing these lies as truth?

We understand the frustration and we are frustrated ourselves. But this is nothing new. Fake news has been around for decades, if not hundreds of years. Propaganda sprouted in the late 1920’s, disguised truths hid HIV and Aids from the American population for years in the 80’s. We have been circumcised from the truth, but New Media Culture is here to put it back together.

For the first time in history, our generation has the ability to sniff out the misguided news stories and solve mysteries on our own. The internet provides informative data, but we need the details. We have the world at our fingertips but rely on the convenience of television and specific news stations. How do we go about finding out the truth? Where do we start?

Here. You have already begun by reading this article. We have mustered up the courage and commitment to provide real, honest stories with the perspective of not just our sponsors, but of the people who need it the most. We are sick of living in a perpetuated state of fear. And from this first post, we will help guide you in making your own theories and conclusions. Join us as we develop the truth in real time.

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