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On November 6, 2012, Colorado passed Amendment 64 to its state constitution. This amendment outlined a new statewide drug policy that outlined new rules and guidelines for the cultivation, manufacture, sale, and personal use of marijuana for adults 21 and over. In essence, it was granted the same privilege as alcohol. On January 1, 2014, the first stores of their kind in the country opened their doors in Colorado. Just 5 months later, the state of Washington began issuing business licenses to marijuana retailers as well.

Suddenly, but within limits, recreational use of marijuana in both Colorado and Washington were now permitted – with several more states considering following suit. But even with states passing, enacting, and implementing new drug policies, the federal government has yet to budge on the issue. Marijuana may be legal in certain states, but as far as the federal government is concerned, it’s still very much illegal.

It’s important to remember that when it comes to approaching drug policy, there is no simple solution. Just as people turn to drugs for various reasons, people choose recovery for just as many. While one approach may appear to work better than another, the differences in cultures and lifestyles across the globe only serve to complicate the issues even further. For some countries, drug-abuse is viewed as a crime, for others, a medical condition. But what’s most important is to not marginalize the issue or the people it affects.

If you are concerned about your alcohol or drug use, contact the professionals at Serenity Acres Treatment Center today.