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Missouri State Highway Patrol seizes 100 pounds of marijuana

Published On: 08-04-2017 in Category: drug bust, Drug-trafficking crime, Marijuana

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) officers on June 30, 2017, seized over 100 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle during a traffic stop in Platte County after detecting the odor of cannabis that was emanating from the vehicle. A proper search of the vehicle led to the discovery of dozens of bags of weed hidden within a secret compartment. The 31-year-old driver from California was arrested on charges of drug trafficking, media reports said.

The MSHP, earlier this year, arrested a 26-year-old Texas man for illegally possessing 100 bundles of marijuana weighing about 115 pounds. The marijuana was stashed inside the seats of a 2005 Ford Expedition to avoid any suspicion. However, the car was brought to a halt on Interstate 44, when MSHP troopers saw the driver violating lanes. Smelling something fishy, the troopers started searching the car and found the illegal marijuana hidden inside.

Marijuana is a dangerous substance

In the light of the growing popularity of the pro-cannabis campaigns, many fear that the addictive and mind-altering nature of the drug will get sidelined. Additionally, there is a possibility that easy access to marijuana may induce users to experiment with other types of hard drugs. This could pave the way for addiction, mental health disorders and other life-threatening consequences. Unfortunately, teens and high school students form a high-risk group, who are vulnerable to weed addiction. Studies show that similar to alcohol and nicotine, marijuana alters the brain’s reward system by creating a dopamine rush, which may tune it for a heightened response to other drugs.

Notably, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the medicinal value of marijuana. It continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of high potential for abuse. In fact, experts believe that the nation is doing a terrible disservice to the future generations by adopting a lax attitude toward the dangers of marijuana. Studies suggest that it is almost impossible to grow up in the United States and not be exposed to pot.  According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015.

Research reveals the presence of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a neurotoxin in marijuana that is the major cause of abuse and addiction. Some of the common side effects of addiction to marijuana are accelerated heart rate, anxiety, amnesia, cognitive impairments and difficulties in thinking. As per the FDA, so far, pharmacologists have not conducted extensive clinical trials to determine the medicinal value of marijuana, which could outweigh the possible health risks.

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