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Hinds County authorities intercept marijuana package shipped from Sacramento

Published On: 07-14-2017 in Category: addiction, drug trafficking, marijuana

In mid-June 2017, Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason said officers intercepted a suspicious package shipped from Sacramento, California, via a popular courier service to a certain residential address in the City of Jackson. The package weighing 8 pounds of high-grade marijuana, commonly known as “Kush,” was delivered to 29-year-old Shaquita Stoval at 1253 Wood Village Drive. According to Sheriff Mason, officers disguised as courier delivery agents intercepted the package and seized the drugs. The package was estimated at around $20,000.

Serving a search warrant, narcotics officers later arrested Stoval on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. “Good intelligence and cooperating with other agencies and companies led to the drug bust,” said Mason while he applauded the work of the investigating officers. Stoval is currently being held at the Hinds County Detention Center without bond.

Marijuana is a highly addictive substance

In light of the growing popularity of the pro-cannabis campaigns which insist on decriminalization of the drug, many fear that harmful and addictive nature of cannabis will get sidelined. Studies suggest that it is almost impossible to grow up in the United States and not be exposed to marijuana. Even though stories of marijuana addiction don’t hit the headlines, there are considerable harmful effects linked to its abuse. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes addiction and triggers cravings in chronic users. Also, across the United States, studies show that the numbers of cannabis users among those 65 and older is one the rise.

Though marijuana is enjoying a moment of rising acceptance nationwide, the FDA has neither recognized nor approved the therapeutic value of marijuana. It continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of its addictive and mind-altering nature including high potential for abuse. In fact, experts believe that the nation is doing a terrible disservice to the future generations by adopting a lax attitude toward the dangers of marijuana. The steady spike in marijuana addiction rates across the country is attributed to the growing ease of availability, perceived harmlessness, and the social popularity of the drug across all sections of society.

Being a highly addictive, mind-altering and long-acting drug, marijuana is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing the individual to several health hazards including an adverse impact on several body and brain functions. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that those who use marijuana during adolescence are more likely to use other harder drugs such as cocaine or heroin later in adulthood. Unfortunately, teens and high-school students form a high-risk group, who are vulnerable to weed addiction, in a bid to get high.

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