I have been writing about marijuana for many years And it is no secret I am not a fan of marijuana consumption and am baffled by the many, many clients I serve who think its ok for their loved one to use while locked inside their bedroom losing themselves.
I don’t know if maybe I inadvertently wear an invisible sign that says older woman who helps people, because everywhere I go people share how they own or have invested in cannabis. Even my new sweet next-door neighbor, a wisp of a thing, shared yesterday that she was soon going to be covering LA with her billboards of the finest cannabis in town grown right in downtown LA.
I jocularly ask her, do I need to send you a thank you note on behalf of all the mental health and substance use providers as like the alcohol industry, like the pill industry you will keep us all in business. What’s your ethical take on this? Join me at Perspectives 2020 where we will talk about this ethical dilemma at 2:00 pm on 10/27/2020.
Along with all the risks associated with Covid 19, the increase in the consumption of alcohol and other drugs do we now want to send a thank you note to the producers and sellers of cannabis (the fancy name for what us elders called “pot i.e. Marijuana”.)
Digressing we know all too well the devastation alcohol is causing during Covid. A recent study by the Rand Corporation provides evidence of changes in alcohol use and associated consequences during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to a range of negative physical health associations, excessive alcohol use may lead to or worsen existing mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression,6 which may themselves be increasing during COVID-19. The population level changes for women, younger, and non-Hispanic White individuals highlight that health systems may need to educate consumers through print or online media about increased alcohol use during the pandemic and identify factors associated with susceptibility and resilience to the impacts of COVID-19.
And according to NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse )Marijuana is the most commonly used psychotropic drug in the United States, after alcohol. In 2018, more than 11.8 million young adults reported marijuana use in the past year.3 Its use is more prevalent among men than women.4 https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-scope-marijuana-use-in-united-states
Likewise, Dr Nora Volkpw, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse has warned how Covid 19s attack on the lungs can be especially harmful to people who smoke tobacco or marijuana or vape as well as [people with opioid and methamphetamine disorder https://www.futureofpersonalhealth.com/opioid-awareness/the-implications-for-individuals-with-substance-use-disorders-during-covid-19/#
Production and consumption of cannabis just keeps growing. Canopy a major business has just teamed with a major alcohol producer to bring cannabis beverages to Illinois and to California. https://www.chicagobusiness.com/marijuanacannabis/canopy-bring-cannabis-beverages-us-next-summereverywhere.
Business is booming. According to the American Medical Marijuana report sales are expected to grow substantially amounting to 7.3 billion dollars up from the estimated 6.1 billion dollars in the US with Michigan at this time having the most producers New Frontier Data, 2018)
While College sports has the Pac 10, Marijuana sellers have their own top 10 states that have the most marijuana dispensaries in the country per capita according to Cannabis now arehttps://cannabisnow.com/these-are-the-states-with-the-most-cannabis-dispensaries/
- New Mexico
And according to according to Marijuana Business Daily Ancillary & products companies make up for the number of cannabis stores in the USA with a minimum of 13,000 businesses and a maximum of 18,000 businesses. (Marijuana Business Daily, 2017) 2016 became the year of investments in the legal cannabis industry, totalling to a sum of 477.96 Million USD.