Marijuana

A schedule I drug

What is it?

Marijuana, also known as weep, pot, dope, or hash is a depressant and a hallucinogen. It is made from the Cannabis plant, which is dried and then smoked or placed in food and eaten. It usually appears as dried and crushed leaves.

Effects of Marijuana in the body

THC is the active ingredient in marijuana, it's effects can last between two and eight hours depending on how much marijuana was used. Short term effects include elevated pulse rates, bloodshot eyes, slowed thinking and reflexes , and reduction in short-term memory. Long term effects can be irregular sleeping habits, lung cancer, and mood swings. It specifically effects the heart, lungs, and brain.



In males, regular use of marijuana can lead to lower levels of testosterone, and the development of female breasts.

In females, marijuana can lead to increased levels of testosterone, and pregnancy complications.

Legal consequences of possession, selling, or growing marijuana.

Marijuana is not physically addictive, but people can devolve a psychological need for marijuana. Since marijuana is a Schedule I drug, it is highly addictive and has little medical use, law enforcement treats it like any other drug.


Possession of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor for the first two offensives, and can be considered a felony or misdemeanor on the third offense. Fines can be between 1,000-5,000 dollars.

Selling any amount of marijuana is considered a felony. Selling under 50 kg of it can lead to 5 years in jail, between 51-99 kg can lead to 5-20 years, and selling 1,000 kg can lead to 10 years to life. Minors selling within 1,000 ft of a school or designated location have double the penalty. Fines can be between 250,000-1,000,000 dollars.


Growing marijuana is also considered a felony. Less than 50 plants is 5 years in jail, between 50-99 plants is up to 20 years, and more than 1000 plants can be given life in jail. Fines can be between 250,000-1,000,000 dollars.


In Colorado, any person age 21 and older can have one once or less of marijuana for personal use. Anyone over 21 can have up to 6 marijuana plants, in which three can not be full grown

Testing for Marijuana

The presumptive test for marijuana is called the Duquenois-Levine test.
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