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Whenever the subject of marijuana comes up, there is always a chance that a debate will ensue. The debate can focus on whether or not marijuana should be legal and whether or not it is addictive.
The debate can cover many issues. Some of these may include:
- Legalization of marijuana would sharply decrease the incidents of arrests and convictions for marijuana possession, sale, distribution, and other violations concerning marijuana;
- Marijuana would be legally procured and sold, just like cigarettes and other tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are now, with applicable taxes, tariffs, and other fees charged, just as with other products;
- Just as with cigarettes and liquor, legal age limits could be set for purchase and use, and the same laws that govern sale to or possession by a minor would apply;
- In some states, marijuana used for medicinal purposes is already legal.
Many people also do not believe that marijuana is addictive, nor does it lead to people using "harder" drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. Further, they do not believe the the effects of marijuana are any more harmful than those of cigarettes or other tobacco products or alcoholic beverages.
A survey of 31,588 South Carolina residents revealed that 4,726 of them admitted to marijuana use. It is possible that some of them felt that marijuana use should be legalized, and may have also felt that even though they use marijuana, they were not addicted. However, many of them either felt it was, or felt that it was negatively affecting their lives in some way, because they sought treatment for marijuana use or addiction.
When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, one's opinion in this matter is not really important. What is important is that if someone feels she needs treatment for these problems, South Carolina has treatment facilities available.
When a person enters into a drug and alcohol addiction facility, she will not be asked her opinion on marijuana legalization or its addictive propensity, nor will her opinion on other matters involving substance abuse or anything else for that matter be sought. She will be allowed to share those opinions during individual and group sessions, and they will be met with respect. She will, of course, be expected to afford that same respect to others who may have differing opinions.
She will not be judged on either her addiction or her opinions; rather, she will be shown how to resume her life without drugs or alcohol. If she is pregnant or has just given birth, she will have access to facilities that can provide medical care during this time. She will also be helped in making decisions involving her child, and will be supported no matter what that decision is.
If English is not her first language, some South Carolina facilities will have either staff members who speak her language, or interpretation services can be found. She will be able to communicate with counselors and others involved in her treatment, with no problem.
Treatment programs at drug and alcohol addiction facilities may be treatment-specific; that is, if a person has an addiction to only alcohol, she will be able to be treated at a center that deals with alcohol addiction only. If she is addicted to alcohol, but also feels that her marijuana use is affecting her in such a way that she needs help with that, she can find a facility that treats both addictions.
Her financial situation will not be a hindrance, either. Many facilities will accept her health insurance coverage if she has some. If she does, she may be eligible for reduced fees, because of her income status. She may not even have to pay at all, if a facility receives State or Federal funds, and she meets certain criteria.
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