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Buffalo is the second most populated city in the state of New York with a population of 261,310 according to the 2010 census. Buffalo is located in Western New York, at the head of the Niagara River and along the eastern shores of Lake Erie. Located only 17miles from the Niagara Falls and just a boarder away from Canada, Buffalo sees a great deal of tourism. Health care and education are the main fuel for Buffalo’s economy, despite the worsening of the national and worldwide economy, Buffalo”s is continuing to grow. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the University at Buffalo are great contributors to the cities economic growth. Being so close to Canada, many Canadian shoppers visit Buffalo taking advantage of the lower prices and in return keeping the retail sector of the economy strong as well. Buffalo is a city full of growth and beauty. In 2010 Buffalo was ranked 10th best place to raise a family in America by Forbes.
Canadian Marijuana makes its way into Buffalo NY
Regardless to the positive effects Canada has on Buffalo’s economy and tourism that flows threw the cities streets to see the amazing Niagara Falls, Canadian citizens are trafficking Marijuana into America, first hitting Buffalo. Marijuana is known as the most commonly abused drug throughout New York and throughout the world. 4.9% of New York residents reported having abused Marijuana at least once in the month prior to the 1999 NHSDA survey, compared with 4.7% nationwide. New York residents abuse Marijuana more than any other illicit drug according to NHSDA data.
The number of treatment admissions for Marijuana abuse in New York has greatly exceeded the number nationwide.There has been an increase of Marijuana-related treatment admissions from 23,453 in 1997 to 32,448 in 2001, according to TEDS. In Buffalo the rate of Marijuana-related emergency department visits has been higher that the rate nationwide. Buffalo’s emergency visits fluctuated from 472 in 1997 to 561 in 2001, and the state of New York’s fluctuated from 3,839 in 1997 to 3,501 in 2001, according to DAWN. Marijuana abuse in Buffalo and throughout the state of New York is one of the biggest, growing problems it is facing today.
Marijuana is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Marijuana is typically smoked as a joint, in a pipe or in blunts which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with a mixture of marijuana and tobacco. Marijuana can even be mixed in food or brewed as a tea.
When marijuana is smoked, THC passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, carrying the chemical to the brain and other organs. THC affects specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors,starting a series of cellular reactions that produces the “high” experienced when marijuana smoked. The cannabinoid receptors are mainly found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.Marijuana can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, negatively affect the thinking and problem solving process, and create problems with learning and memory.
Long-term marijuana abuse can result in addiction which is classified as a compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities. Approximately 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana. Along with addiction comes withdrawal symptoms when the users stops the drug abruptly, this makes it extremely difficult to quit.
Long-term marijuana abuse withdrawal symptoms
- decreased appetite
- drug craving