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Marijuana, A Growing and Changing Crop

October 3, 2019

The way Americans view Marijuana has changed dramatically since 2010. Eleven States have legalized "recreational" Marijuana and 33 States plus Washington, D.C. have passed legislation for "medical" use. The U.S. general workforce is testing positive with an increase of 40% since 2010. Marijuana itself has become more potent and potentially a dangerous narcotic.

 

Marijuana edible accidents in children are alarming. Children mistake Marijuana Edibles for candy or treats. A recent study published by the Pediatric Emergency Care showed that Marijuana ingestion by children increased an average of 27% annually from 2009-2017. More than two-thirds of these cases happened in States with legalized Marijuana. 72% of those children who were accidentally exposed were younger than 3 years old. A large number of them required hospital-based treatment for drowsiness, confusion, seizures, and coma.

 

Concentrations of THC in Marijuana have skyrocketed to more than 20%, which is up from 3.7% in the last decade. Some concentrates contain nearly 100% THC and can lead to Marijuana poisoning. A recent stud by a Colorado hospital showed a 300% increase in Emergency Room visits related to Marijuana overdoses. In Quebec, Canada, Cannabis Poisoning has tripled since they legalized Marijuana.

 

Another recent study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIDA) showed that employees that tested positive for Marijuana had 55% more industrial accidents, 75% greater absenteeism, and 85% more injuries compared to employees with a negative drug screen.

 

SOURCE: Quest Diagnostics

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