According to studies performed by the Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2003 and 2004, the total number of people ages 12 and older in the state of Washington who used marijuana in the past year is 676,000. Of the 676,000, 93,000 were between the ages of 12 and 17. 236,000 past year marijuana users were of ages 18 to 25 and 346,000 were 26 and older. Total use of marijuana in the past month, according to the same survey, by people ages 12 and older is 352,000. 51,000 were ages 12 to 17, 131,000 were 18-25 and 184,000 were age 26 or older.
Marijuana use in the state of Washington was legalized in January of 2013. People are able to purchase pot from a state-licensed store and it is taxed. One of the reasons besides legalizing it for the terminally ill is because of the problems with synthetic marijuana which also goes by names as K2, Aroma, Eclipse, Black Mamba, Dream and Blaze. It's made in underground labs and there is no telling of what kinds of chemicals it is made with. Synthetic marijuana is very harmful especially in kids, teens and young adults because their brains are still developing and it causes cognitive and memory problems as well as psychosis, heart attacks and death. According to SAMHSA 75% of people brought in to the ER were kids from 12-19 yrs old.
There are many people who think that the only way of getting help is from a Washington marijuana rehab or treatment center. This is so untrue. There are now cognitive behavioral education based programs, non-12 step and non-treatment programs available that will educate you and show you that you are not an addict and that you are capable of becoming substance free and staying that way.
Over the last two decades people have called us with Marijuana problems wondering if their addiction to Marijuana was in fact a disease. The truth is that it is not. People from Washington as well as many other states overcome Marijuana problems every day without treatment and endless meetings.
If you want to live a life free from Marijuana addiction please call St Jude's. We have helped many people from Washington find a solution to their problems. We are here to show you how life has so much more to offer.