Marijuana comes from the plant Cannabis Sativa. A key ingredient in marijuana is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives it a powerful high when smoked or ingested. Street names for marijuana include pakalolo, pot, weed, Mary Jane and grass

Health Risks of Marijuana

  • Increased risk for asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
  • Reduces ability to learn and retain information
  • interferes with brain function
  • Reduces resistance to common illness
  • Increases heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks
  • Increased risk of a heart attack.

Indicators of Marijuana Use

  • Eating binges
  • Bloodshot/glassy eyes
  • Incense or breath mints to hide odor
  • Giggly and silly for no reason
  • Burnt fingertips

Marijuana in the US & Hawaii

  • In 2014, more than 22.2 million people in the U.S. have reported using marijuana in the past month, making it the most used illicit drug.
  • Marijuana was the primary substance used at the time of admission for the majority of adolescents (62.4%) in 2012
  • 10.4% of Hawaii high school students have tried marijuana for the first time before 13. 18.5% have used marijuana in the past 30 days and 7.5% have used marijuana on school property in the past 30 days.

Legal Penalties

  • Use or distribution of marijuana is a crime under both Hawaii and U.S. law.
  • Recreational marijuana is illegal in the states of Hawaii.
  • Medical marijuana is legal for persons with qualifying illness such as terminal cancers. Persons seeking medical marijuana must obtain a doctor’s recommendation and register with the State Department of Public Safety to avoid criminal prosecution under state law.
  • Marijuana is federally illegal in the United States. Federal law trumps state law.

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