Marijuana Dependence Gets Florida Police Officer Arrested

A Florida police officer is facing charges after trying to help her son avoid being captured in a major drug investigation. 42-year-old Betty Pearson was arrested Wednesday and charged with aiding escape, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Authorities say Pearson's son, Antoine Pearson Jr., 20, and her ex-husband, Antoine Pearson Sr., 42, were involved in a drug-trafficking operation in which 16.5 pounds of marijuana were seized.

Recent research indicates that marijuana dependence is real and remains a growing concern globally. Marijuana dependence is the term used when a person needs to continue using cannabis in order to feel normal. Despite the increasing support for legalizing cannabis use across the United States, the dangers and health risks associated with marijuana dependence and addiction make it unlikely to be removed from the illegal substances list in the near future.

If you smoke marijuana regularly and think you need help, call a drug abuse rehab center in Sarasota at (877) 804-1531 .

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is the name used for a preparation of the cannabis plant, which is currently the most popular illegal drug in the United States. The leaves, buds and stems are commonly dried and intended to be smoked.

Medical cannabis may sometimes be used in a limited capacity to reduce nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Prescription cannabis contains an extraction of pure tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it is not the same preparation as using dried leaves, stems or buds, nor does it give the same effects.

Why Is Marijuana Abuse So Common?

Marijuana is predominantly used for its effects as a psychoactive drug. Recreational users seek the temporary feelings of relaxation and high or stoned feeling they get after taking the drug. The psychoactive properties of the drug cause changes in perception and mood as well as physiological changes. Some of the short-term physical effects of being stoned on weed include increased heartbeat, reduced blood pressure, poor concentration and coordination, and short-term memory loss.

One of the more common reasons so many people abuse cannabis is the belief that it's somehow less dangerous than other illegal drugs. There is also a common belief that cannabis has a low potential for causing harm. Popular culture endorses marijuana use, which encourages curious teenagers and young adults to begin experimenting with the substance.

Getting Help

Marijuana dependence can be put under control. Drug rehab in Sarasota is available as well as Suncoast Area Narcotics Anonymous ( You can live a life free of drug dependency.

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