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5 Unexpected Ways Marijuana Can Kill You or a Loved One

marijuanaFor the most part, the jury is still out when it comes to the long-term effects marijuana consumption has on the human body. Some medical professionals claim that smoking marijuana imposes mortal consequences on the mind and body, while marijuana supporters counter that it is less deadly or habit-forming than alcohol and nicotine, and should be legalized across the country.

Although it is very difficult to overdose on marijuana, there are plenty of other dangerous consequences you might not have considered. Here are some of the ways marijuana can kill or injure you:
  1. Marijuana can harm your lungs. Any type of smoke, including marijuana, is irritating to the lungs. In fact, research suggests one joint might cause as much lung damage as twenty cigarettes. Experts are still unsure about lung cancer risks.
  2. Marijuana can damage your heart. Smoking marijuana can stress your heart by elevating blood pressure and doubling your heart rate. Marijuana is also associated with cannabis arteritis, which can necessitate amputations.
  3. Marijuana can hinder brain development. Research shows that marijuana use interferes with brain circuit development, particularly in adolescents. Repeated use among young people is linked to a 6-8 point drop in IQ.
  4. Marijuana can mess with your state of mind. Use of marijuana has been associated with depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. In larger doses, it can intensify the symptoms of schizophrenia and elicit hallucinations.
  5. Marijuana can lessen your ability to focus. Experts say that marijuana use can impede your attentiveness and coordination while driving- increasing your chance of wrecking by more than double.

Fatal Marijuana Car Accidents Increases in Colorado

The number of marijuana-positive drivers who have been involved in fatal Colorado car accidents has risen drastically since the middle of 2009 when medical marijuana was legalized. The number of “high” drivers rose from 4.5% to 10% in just a short period of time. The study, recently released by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shines a bright light on the dangers of marijuana on the roads.

Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana in Colorado

On January 1st, Colorado became the first state in the country to open recreational marijuana stores and the first in the world where marijuana will be tightly regulated from growth to sale: but how? If you are at least 21 years of age and have a Colorado ID, you can buy up to an ounce of marijuana at a licensed retail facility. Visitors from out of state may only purchase a quarter ounce. Retail marijuana carries a 25% state tax in addition to the usual state sales tax of 2.9%. Medical marijuana users with a prescription will not pay the extra tax. Users are allowed to share with friends provided no money changes hands. Smoking is prohibited in all public places, including the pot shop, and individual communities can decide whether to allow shops within their jurisdiction. Individuals may grow up to six marijuana plants in their home, but only in a locked enclosure. Denver has decriminalized marijuana for those who are 18, otherwise it is illegal to possess pot if you are under 21. It is also against the law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis.

What to Do When a “High” Driver Injures You

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and you believe that the driver was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident, you need an experienced Denver car accident attorney on your side immediately. Your Denver car accident attorney will need to act swiftly to establish that the driver of the vehicle was in fact under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident. To do so, toxicology reports and lab results may need to be obtained and police reports examined closely. If the driver was under the influence of marijuana at the time of your accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver.

Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers

Denver car accident lawyerIf you have been injured in a car accident with a “high” driver,  contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.