Marijuana—also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant.
April 20th is the unofficial holiday for marijuana smokers.
The myth of the day began as a term that some teenagers made up when they met up and smoked. Somehow the word got out and 4/20 became the national day of smoking marijuana. And with this “special day” we as a society can accept that times are changing, and marijuana had been more widely accepted.
Why is there still a debate going on whether it should be legalized or not?
States such as D.C and California have legalized medical marijuana use. Colorado has legalized recreational use. Maryland has decriminalized marijuana which gives a person a fine instead of arresting them. And many other states have also created marijuana laws.
13% U.S adults are currently using marijuana in 2016 v. 7% in 2013 and 43% of U.S adults say they have tried it.
In late March, West Virginia, a Republican state passed a law on the legalization of medical marijuana. This passed in Senate 28-6 votes and in the House 76-24 votes.
Governor Jim Justice supports marijuana and so W.Va. will become the 29th state to pass a medical marijuana law.
In a medical marijuana study, 68.3% of numerous patients with a variety of diseases benefited from marijuana use.
More states are progressing and legalizing medical marijuana for patients with mental and physical diseases and disorders.
Medical marijuana has helped patients with Stress, Anxiety, PTSD, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and even Cancer.
And with these states legalizing medical marijuana our nation can help these patients with their issues in a natural way.
Below is a video went viral in 2016 when retired police captain, Larry, who has Parkinson’s showed amazing improvements when he used medicinal marijuana.
Here are the results:
Should we suddenly not care about the states Marijuana laws?
West Virginia is becoming more liberal on the idea of marijuana but it is still illegal and with thousands of students attending WVU, they must know what they risk when smoking marijuana on campus and off, or they will get in trouble with the law.
Campus police are cracking down on student’s use.
According to the Community Standards of Conduct,
“Drug sales or intent to sell within one thousand feet of a school is a violation of federal law, as well as state law. Every year, we make a number of arrests in the residence halls for drug possession and occasionally for distributing. Most offenses involve the use of marijuana.”
Yes, having your own home does make drug use easier but if you live in a dorm there are extreme and strict rules on drug use.
What can happen is:
- If dorm staff has a reason to think you are smoking or holding marijuana in your room they are legally allowed to search your room and or call campus police to conduct a search.
- If caught you can get a citation and or trouble with the dorm.
- You’re going to have to attend a student or staff conduct meeting to figure out your punishment.
- You are going to have to face the facts that you will probably have to pay a fine and do volunteer work.
It’s honestly not worth your time and money just because you want to “get high.”
Does Morgantown advocate marijuana use?
There are many smoke shops around Morgantown in which you can purchase glass products and other items.
Some smoke shops in Morgantown are Smoke Zone, Glass Lab, Cool Ridge, Fatty J’s, Glass Gone Wow.
Most of these shops do have “tobacco use only” signs but that isn’t stopping anybody. Students typically purchase these pieces for marijuana use.
Since it’s so easy to go into any of these shops and purchase glass pieces, instead of going out and drinking, they stay home and smoke.
This is another type of nightlife, the “high” nightlife.
Due to the circumstances, names have been changed.
“I smoke, but I only rarely buy it. I usually just take it from boyfriend. I like it just because sometimes I feel like I’m super uptight and it helps me relax. I usually on smoke at night though,” says student Ashley Miller.
“I like smoking when I’m already a little drunk and it’s the end of the night. It’s nice mellowing out after a long night of drinking,” says student Leslie Gram.
Even with the progression of marijuana use, not all students find the lifestyle appealing.
A common response was that they get more anxious from it, they get paranoid, and that they just don’t know how.
Student Brian Green says, “I don’t smoke weed. It gives me horrible anxiety. And I feel weird.”
“I smoke when it’s given to me sometimes but mostly just get really tired or I like inhale it wrong and don’t feel anything,” says student Katherine Walters.
Whether you’re for it, or not, marijuana is becoming widely accepted. People are discovering numerous benefits for disorders, and other medical issues to back up their case. The battle for legalization will always be in progress.