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Los Angeles cannabis regulation office sees five-fold increase in staff

Published On: 03-29-2018 in Category: addiction

Los Angeles cannabis regulation office sees five-fold increase in staff

The Los Angeles City Council (LACC) recently provided the necessary approvals to the Department of Cannabis Regulation for increasing its workforce from current headcount of five to 26. “That is a huge jump from our current capacity,” said head of the department Cat Packer. Within two months of California permitting recreational cannabis sales, LACC members voted 14-0 in favor of five-fold increase in the workforce.

The 21 new positions include managers, analysts, public relations executives and accountants to assist the department to better understand the state’s as well as the city’s newly enacted laws pertaining to recreational marijuana, while California gears up to become the global commercial seller of weed. A budget of $1.3 million was allocated to the cannabis department on its formation in 2017. However, as of mid-February 2018, over $2.2 million in licensing fees was collected. Moreover, the recovery of an additional sum of $800,000 in outstanding invoices has projected an overall revenue amount of $3.5 million through June 2018, according to Packer.

Moreover, California, which is close to the the Mexican border, and being a significant melting pot of various ethnicities, cultures, and social classes, is more likely to fall into the trap of drug addiction. Experts are greatly concerned about the impact of marijuana on teens and young adults who form a huge chunk of pot users. Such an easily accessible mind-altering drug can induce users to experiment other types of hard drugs, resulting in a variety of physical and mental health ailments, and other harmful outcomes.

In 1996, California legalized medical marijuana, thus becoming the first state in the country to do so. Ten years later, that is in 2016, Californians voted to join the ranks of a few other states where cannabis can be bought from licensed dispensaries. The sale of recreational marijuana started on Jan. 1, 2018, while Los Angeles began allowing dispensaries to sell retail pot almost three weeks later.

Leading a marijuana-free life

Though pot enthusiasts are celebrating their new-found acceptance nationwide, on the flipside, it comes with a heavy price to pay. Such widespread use of cannabis could lead to an enormous spike in the rates of addiction and resulting dependence. Therefore, it is not surprising that such a way of life could disseminate a wrong message in society about drug use. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older in that year were current users of marijuana.

Marijuana is a highly addictive substance. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified cannabis as a Schedule I drug as it fails to exhibit any recognized therapeutic value and has the risk of possible abuse. However, pot addiction can be treated. If you or a loved one is addicted to marijuana, seek treatment immediately. The Los Angeles Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 213-986-2445 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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