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Novus Medical Detox Center Opposes Marijuana Legalization at Press Conference; Maintains Drug’s Harm to Adolescents and Communities
Date:7/16/2014

New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

Twenty-one states in America have already passed legislation legalizing marijuana, and 15 states have pending legislation, Florida included. (1) Opposers of Florida’s Amendment 2, a piece of legislation that would legalize the use of medical marijuana, have recently become very active in voicing their dissent. On June 10th, a press conference was held which served to educate Floridians on the dangers of marijuana and how the passing of Amendment 2 would negatively impact Florida’s communities. Members of the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition spoke about these effects, as well as trained drug recovery specialists of Novus Medical Detox Center, which is one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients.

“As someone who has seen the effects that can come from substance abuse and understands the addictive qualities of marijuana, Amendment 2 creates a system that will ultimately lead to drug abuse,” said Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon. “There are proven alternatives to smoked marijuana that effectively deliver THC or CBD to people who truly can benefit from it, while eliminating access to the individuals who are attempting to use it for a high.”

Runyon maintained that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past two decades, which raises serious concerns for public health. These concerns are particularly applicable to adolescents, for whom long-term use of marijuana may be linked with a lower IQ later in life. (1) Studies have shown that other harmful effects of marijuana on adolescents include the increased risk of psychosis and schizophrenia, a higher chance of engaging in delinquent and dangerous activities, and greater welfare dependence and unemployment, as well as lower relationship and lif
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