Today’s Republican and Democratic leaders revealed their $4.8 million scheme to discuss the increasing drug abuse that Maine has been seeing. It is a complete plan that gives additional resources and support for treatment, prevention, and recovery services. This plan also contains funding for the ten new DEA Agents that Maine Governor, LePage, has been calling for for the last year. The resources in the plan allow access to treatment and recovery services. This is the first time that the two parties have merged for this abuse epidemic.

Of course, the plan still needs to go through the legislative procedure and be approved from a majority of lawmakers. That’s not all, though; afterward, the proposal needs to be approved by Governor LePage. Yet, if the plan does become law, the real threat that would ruin the goals of this plan would be legalized marijuana. If main chose to increase access to the crop, the state would be wasting the opportunity to do the exact opposite and waste great resources.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) states that people who are addicted to marijuana are three times more likely to become an addiction to marijuana. Alcohol has a two times more likely rate, which is lower than that of marijuana. More cannabis use in Maine would lead to more addiction. Young people do not become heroin addicts all on their own; instead, they start out with tobacco, alcohol, and even marijuana.

The results from the 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) were announced this week. Upon the first review, the most important difference is the one between the growth in youth marijuana use, as well as all other substances. From 2013 to 2015, Maine high school students are using less tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drugs. However, marijuana is still at the exact same rate it was at before.

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