The use of marijuana, also known as weed, Mary Jane, pot and other names, has become more mainstream in the United States, with many states either decriminalizing it or making it readily available for purchase. In fact, in the 2020 election cycle, three states had the legalization and sale of marijuana on their ballots. A 2019 survey showed that over 35% of American high school students admitted to using marijuana within the past 12 months.
Marijuana can be used in many forms. It can be rolled into paper and smoked like a cigarette or turned into butter and baked into brownies or cookies. Many people view marijuana as no dangerous than alcohol use, which is a substance that’s been legal and accepted in mainstream culture for decades. This makes it hard to know when you or a loved one has moved past casual usage to marijuana addiction.