Rhode Island law currently permits with certain restrictions (e.g. prohibited on any school grounds) the use of marijuana for persons possessing a lawfully issued medical marijuana card. In addition, effective April 1, 2013, Rhode Island law was amended to decriminalize a limited amount (one ounce or less) of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil offense for the first and second violations in an 18 month period (the entire statute is available here)
It is important to note, however, that federal law still prohibits the use, possession, distribution, sale or cultivation of marijuana.
The use of marijuana can negatively impact learning, impair clear thinking and mental alertness, and conflicts with the educational mission of Roger Williams University. As an educational institution that receives federal funds, Roger Williams University must comply with federal law under the Drug- Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (20 U.S.C. Section 1011i). Accordingly, the use, possession, distribution, sale or cultivation of marijuana remains prohibited for all students on and off campus via the RWU Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct. However, students who possess a lawfully issued medical marijuana card and use marijuana for that purpose in private, off-campus residences will be exempt from University policy in that regard.
What is Marijuana?
Forms of Marijuana?
What is the difference between American style pot and European style hash?
Other names for cannabis?
Will Marijuana soothe my feelings of depression and anxiety?
How long does marijuana stay in the body?
Myth: Marijuana is not as harmful to your health as tobacco.
Myth: Are vaporizers healthier than smoking marijuana from a pipe, bong, blunt or joint?
Marijuana Use and Cancer:
Myth: Marijuana use is harmless?
Myth: Marijuana is not addictive.
Marijuana: Physical and Psychological Addiction?
Marijuana may not be as addictive as tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs, but there's no question that puffing pot can become a habit. More research is needed to illuminate how and why some folks get high and others get hooked. Meanwhile, marijuana enthusiasts may want to take care not to underestimate the addictive power of pot.
Myth: It's not a big deal if I get caught with marijuana.
Myth: Marijuana makes you mellow.
Myth: There’s not much parents can do to stop their children from experimenting with marijuana?
Myth: Driving high is safer than driving drunk?
Immediate Signs of Marijuana Use
The most immediate signs of smoking weed are...
But the real reason people abuse the drug is for the euphoria that may last three to six hours.
When monitoring for symptoms of weed use, there may be anxiety, fear or panic reactions, especially if they are new to the drug or taking it in an unsettling location. Hallucinations, paranoia and delusional behavior can be symptoms of weed use that is very potent, or consumption of a large amount.
Marijuana is a drug of convenience; for a relatively small amount of money (sometimes as little as ten dollars), a person can buy enough that can be shared with several people but still transports easily in a pocket or bag. Furthermore, pot can be purchased in almost any neighborhood in any city or state in the country, thus contributing to the pervasive nature of the drug. It is also considered a drug of convenience because it is easily concealed, both for transport and use. This is why it has become widely popular with adolescents or young adults who have a lot of authority figures involved in their lives. Unlike alcohol, where the signs of use are often overt and overwhelming, a marijuana user can often conceal their use in the event that they are under scrutiny, often with such simple remedies as a quick shower or a few drops of Visine.
However, there are still some physical characteristics that can be used to identify if a loved one is using marijuana, available below:
Finally, many people ask about the smell of marijuana and whether or not that can be used as a distinguishing factor. The sense of smell is very personal; one person’s perception of a smell could be dramatically different from a friend or colleague even if they are investigating the same smell. It is recommended that you concentrate on physical symptoms to identify marijuana use than speculating on the fickle nature of smells.
Identifying Marijuana or Weed Consumption
Marijuana or weed can be consumed as a shredded, dry leafy product or as marijuana oil and resin. These last two are sold under the names "hash" or "hashish." Hash may be found in flat cakes or calls. Hash oil will be amber or brown and may be sold in small glass bottles. When you're looking for signs of weed use, you would be looking for small bags of brownish-green leaves that look like herbs, small chunks of powdery brown substance or very small bottles of brown liquid.
Other signs of weed use are paraphernalia left in a person's room or vehicle. Small pipes, larger complicated water pipes referred to as "bongs," cigarette rolling papers or small ends of smoked hand-rolled cigarettes constitute this sign of weed use.
Ways to tell if your Child or Someone you know is Using Marijuana:
If you think that your child has been smoking pot, he or she probably has. These are the big signs:
Don’t ignore these changes, because they are like signs on a very dangerous path. Grades drop, their ambitions disappear, and their friends change. There are emotional changes too – anger and irritability increase and they often become more paranoid. Depression and suicidal thoughts can also be a by-product of smoking marijuana
Changes to the Penalty for Possession of Marijuana:
Marijuana and alcohol each possesses the potential for unique risks or benefits, so comparing them directly is difficult.
Alcohol is known to contribute to liver disease, but studies also suggest that a glass of red wine a couple of times per week can help keep your heart healthy. Similarly, marijuana is known to cause short-term cognitive impairment (trouble thinking clearly), but for certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, marijuana possesses therapeutic properties. However, people using marijuana or alcohol to get high or drunk are more likely to experience the better-known negative consequences of these drugs.
Alcohol use contributes to....
Marijuana use contributes to...
Both alcohol and marijuana use are thought to contribute to mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. One major difference between marijuana use and alcohol use is that it isn’t possible to ingest a fatal dose of THC, however alcohol poisoning can be fatal. When comparing safety of alcohol use or marijuana use, these substances may have positive health effects, but heavy use can lead to heavy health risks.
Getting behind the wheel while drunk or high poses significant risks to you and others. Marijuana and alcohol have both been shown to significantly reduce reaction ability, focus, and motor coordination; skills that are essential to safely operate a motor vehicle. In fact, many activities, such as playing a sport or even riding the subway, become dangerous when drunk or high. In general, being drunk or high compromises sound judgment and may lead to unhealthy or risky decisions that you wouldn't make when sober (like unprotected sex).
And, these factors don't jump out the window when you jump into bed.
Marijuana and Driving: