Recreational marijuana use was legalized in California in 2016 when the state passed Proposition 64; however, the new law allowed individual cities to decide how they wanted to manage both recreational and medical marijuana. Many cities across the state, including Redondo Beach, California, decided they preferred to keep marijuana illegal.1
Although Redondo Beach is discussing how to handle storefronts, and the city does allow people to discretely grow their own marijuana, the city has not made it completely legal.2 Many cities throughout Los Angeles County have decided to keep recreational marijuana illegal, because of the numerous problems associated with it.
Alcohol and tobacco are two examples of legal drugs that are addictive and have a number of potentially negative health outcomes associated with their use, but the discussion about whether it is similarly acceptable to allow marijuana to be more widely available through legalization is an important, ongoing one. Marijuana is a psychedelic drug, meaning it not only causes a feeling of relaxed euphoria, but the drug can also change one’s perception of reality, change the sensory experience of the world, and in some cases, even trigger hallucinations, paranoia, or psychosis. Long-term abuse of marijuana can lead to insomnia, cognitive problems, memory loss, and mood disorders, including anxiety and depression. Although marijuana is already a widely abused drug in the US, making it legal for recreational use might provide people even greater access to the substance, which may increase community problems around the nation.
Fortunately, there are many treatment centers that can help. Call today to get help for yourself or for a loved one in Redondo Beach or Los Angeles County who struggles with marijuana addiction. Our recovery advisors are available to provide treatment information any time of day.
. Daily Breeze. (2017). These 3 South Bay Cities Just Banned Commercial Cannabis – for Now.
. The Beach Reporter. (2018). What You Need to Know About Legal Weed in the South Bay.