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Grand Forks is the third largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population of 52,838 as of the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Gran Forks County. Grand Forks is located on the western banks of the Red River of the North, in the Red River Valley, a flat region. Due to its location the city is prone to flooding. Agriculture once fueled the cities economy, today it now encompasses higher education, defense, health care, manufacturing, food processing, and scientific research. The city is home to the University of North Dakota which is the oldest institution of higher education in the state. North Dakota Museum of Art and Chester Fritz Auditorium are the city’s largest cultural venues. The city is known for hosting evens in the Alerus Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena. The city of Grand Forks is known for its recreation and sports, it is a very athletic city.
Marijuana Addiction in Grand Forks
Many of Grand Forks residents find themselves struggling with Marijuana addiction, and in need of a treatment program to help them overcome it. Marijuana’s availability is increasing in the state of North Dakota. There are more treatment admissions for marijuana in North Dakota than for any other illicit drug. In just 5 years the number of treatment admissions increased from 186 to 361, that is nearly double!
The majority of Marijuana sold in North Dakota is produced in Mexico, some coming from Canada and illegal growth operations throughout the rural areas of the state. Over a 6 year period the amount of Marijuana seized by law enforcement doubled from 258 pounds in 1993 to 507 pounds in 1999. Now on average law enforcement seizes nearly 500 pounds of marijuana a year. According to the North Dakota BCI, marijuana arrests increased overall from 48 in 1995 to 275 in 1999. This problem is continuing to increase throughout the state regardless to the attempts local law enforcement makes to stop it.
Marijuana addiction is a disease that affects millions of people
Marijuana addiction is an uncontrollable urge to possess and use the drug. Many with an addiction to marijuana are not able to stop using the drug even if they desire to do so. It is common that a person with marijuana addiction will make excuse after excuse after excuse for why that can not quit of why now is not a good time to stop using the drug. These people find themselves at the point of requiring a treatment facility to stop use of Marijuana. Marijuana’s THC level is growing more powerful each day, those growing it are engineering Marijuana to their specifications, this makes it even more addictive. This also makes it harder to fight the addiction.
Marijuana addicts frequent obsess over the drug, thinking about it all the time, where and when to get it, will there be enough, will it be good enough, how can I get money to buy more. Marijuana addiction also causes physical cravings that comes when the body begins to develop a tolerance to it. Most addicts require smoking more marijuana to feel the same effect that just a few hits used to produce. With chronic use of Marijuana the brains chemicals are disrupted and new neurological pathways develop. This affects the pleasure centers and can cause depression and anxiety when attempts are made to quit.