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Elderly man caught with 21-pound bag of marijuana chaff in Pasadena
Responding to an anonymous tip-off, the Pasadena police recently arrested an elderly man for carrying a large plastic bag of marijuana chaff weighing nearly 21 pounds. According to officers, 64-year-old James Miles of Pasadena found the bag near an unlocked trash receptacle behind a dispensary. The bag contained the non-sellable waste products of cannabis plant, such as stems and dust. The tipster told the police that as the man walked on the sidewalk the marijuana remnants kept falling out of a hole in the bag. Though Miles was arrested on a marijuana-related misdemeanor charge, he was released shortly.
Upon interrogation, Miles said that someone had left the bag on the sidewalk. According to Pasadena police Lieutenant Pete Hettema, the elderly man told officials that the drug was “for everyone, as many people would pass by and remove a quantity from the bag.”.
Cases of drug abuse involving older adults have increased sharply in recent years. According to integrated data from the 2007 to 2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, on an average day, 6 million older adults consumed alcohol and 132,000 others used marijuana. Experts blame physical, psychological and social factors for triggering substance use disorder among senior Americans. Studies show drug abuse may actually mimic symptoms of other medical or mental problems like dementia, depression, or diabetes, making it easier for physicians to overlook the symptoms citing indications of old age.
Marijuana is an addictive drug
Marijuana legalization is on the agenda of several states across the U.S. Unfortunately, advocates for pot legalization hardly speak of the risk of addiction. Nevertheless, an average American is oblivious to the fact that cannabis is an extremely addictive drug that can negatively impact a user’s overall well-being. Although fighting addiction can be a daunting task, the secret to addiction treatment lies in educating people about the harmful and addictive nature of the drug. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chief mind-altering component in marijuana responsible for triggering drug-seeking urges and causing addiction.
Regardless of its legality in several states, it is important to remember that marijuana use is accompanied by several medical risks. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the highest rank as defined by the Controlled Substances Act. The DEA insists that the drug has no currently accepted medical use in the country and prohibits doctors from prescribing it. The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) says that an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older in that year were current users of marijuana.
Fighting marijuana use disorder
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Pasadena Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs to embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 626-788-9844 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.