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California says NO to Pot Delivering Drones

California says NO to Pot Delivering Drones

Californians expecting to get their marijuana delivered via drone should not hold their breath. A new set of regulations will make it harder for California businesses who try to deliver pot in unique ways.

The legalization of marijuana has raised a host of controversy. For one, the question of who has the right to distribute pot is already a complex issue. However, now there is the question of how these products get delivered.

Pot Drones? Should they be allowed?

California legislators are hoping to get these questions answered before issuing dispensary licenses next year. They came together this month to lay down the rules. Ultimately, it was decided that marijuana could NOT be delivered by drones.

The decision was part of the Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing Program Regulations released by the state.

“Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human-powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles,” the regulations read, according to Ars Technica.

While deliveries will be allowed, they must adhere to the following guidelines:

Deliveries may be made only in person by enclosed motor vehicle. Cannabis goods may not be visible to the public during deliveries. Cannabis goods may not be left in an unattended motor vehicle unless the vehicle has an active alarm system. Vehicles used for delivery must have a dedicated, active GPS device that enables the dispensary to identify the geographic location of the vehicle during delivery.”

The news will be a major disappointment to the handful of businesses in California who already promised future pot deliveries by drone. One company, MDelivers, said the opportunity to deliver marijuana via drone was “unmistakable.”

Nevertheless, the company CEO did not count on lawmakers forbidding drone deliveries:

After navigating the complexities of medical marijuana permitting, the state and FAA licensing process was actually pretty simple. Nobody can jump in at the 11th hour and rewrite the laws of aerodynamics,” Chris Boudreau, CEO and founder of MDelivers said in a blog post before the regulations were announced.

With the new policies in place, there is no telling how entrepreneurs will get marijuana to their customers. Even if drones are off the table, there are a variety of other new, interesting methods being considered.

We may see a vending machine attached to a self-driving car before we see a drone,” Marshall Hayner, CEO of Trees Delivery, told Mashable.

As California prepares to expand its cannabis market, there continues to be challenges among those against marijuana legalization, especially when it comes to the products crossing state lines illegally. This has already been a major concern for states where port had been legal for recreational use such as Colorado and Oregon.

Surrounding states are trying to address the marijuana diversion issue by requiring pot businesses to track their product from “seed to store.” Time will tell how these sorts of issues will be regulated.

Furthermore, there remains to be conflicting ideologies on whether or not marijuana use is beneficials. While there has been proven benefits of marijuana use, there are also negative effects of marijuana use. Like any drug, marijuana has the potential to be abused.

As more and more states legalize marijuana, logistical challenges remain such as how the products can be delivered. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, where it’s still classified as a controlled substance. This results in a variety of challenges in states like Colorado where recreational marijuana is legal.

The federal government requires that Colorado and any state that legalizes marijuana work together to prevent:

  • Distribution of marijuana to minors.
  • Transporting marijuana from states where it’s legal to other states.
  • Growing marijuana on public lands.
  • Marijuana possession or use on federal property.
  • Other criminal activity or violence associated with the sale of marijuana.

It is important to remember that like any drug, marijuana has the potential to be abused. Do not feel shame for feeling out of control of your marijuana use. Stigma should not prevent you from seeking treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please reach out today. Do not wait. Call toll-free now.

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Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida

Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida

Prescription painkillers have become a huge problem in America, being overprescribed and often abused by both recreational users and legitimate pain management patients. A pain pill detox center in Florida can help someone who has become dependent or addicted to pain medication.

What Are Opiates?

Opiates are a class of narcotic drugs that are used in medicine for their pain killing properties and are known for their high potential for abuse. These opiates are prescribed in the form of pain pills, such as Oxycodone, Methadone, Hydrocodone – basically, any of your prescription painkillers.

People take and abuse pain pills simply because of they make them feel good: they take away any pain as well as produce a sedating effect along with a strong sense of euphoria, called a “rush” or “high.”

What is Opiate Withdrawal Syndrome?

If you abruptly stop taking pain pills and other opiates this will cause what is known as withdrawal syndrome: a set of symptoms that include: sweating, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, excessive yawning, runny nose, muscles aches, and more.

This happens because your brain has developed a dependency on these powerful drugs, which alter both your brain chemistry and brain structure. Once you try to stop, your brain, and therefore your body, reacts to the sudden absence of the drug. The withdrawal from pain pills is very uncomfortable and many people find themselves going back to taking more pain pills because they can’t stand the pain and discomfort. This is why a pain pill detox center in Florida should be considered.

Why go to a Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida?

Plain and simple: a pain pill detox center is the best alternative to going cold turkey and stopping on your own. It is a safer and more comfortable environment than say your friend’s couch. Many people seek aa pain pill detox center in Florida because of its warm weather, sunshine, and beaches. Believe me, when you are detoxing from opiates like painkillers, you will want to be in this kind of environment. Comfort and safety are essential to the healing process.

What Does A Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida Do?

A pain pill detox center is a facility that provides a medical detoxification program to specifically help you get off opiates with diminished withdrawal symptoms. There is a trained medical staff at the pain pill detox center that can administer medication in order to ease your withdrawal symptoms and that will monitor you while you go through the process of detoxification from pain pills.

Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida: What to Expect

Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida: Admission

The first step is checking into a detox program for pain pill dependence. Assuming you have done research as to the pain pill detox center in Florida you will attend, you will follow their instructions for what to bring and when to come for check-in.

Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida: Evaluation

During evaluation at the pain pill detox center in Florida of your choosing, you will meet with a staff person who will take your social and medical history. This means that you will tell them about your drug use and health conditions, if any. You will also do a drug screen so that the medical staff can know exactly what drug or drugs you have been taking and the level or amount of those drugs that are in your system at the time of check-in.

This is not done for legal reasons and you will not get in any trouble. It is necessary to do a drug test so that you can be treated properly during your detox process. And you will want the staff to know what and how much you’ve been taking so that they can treat you accordingly and make the process as comfortable as possible.

Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida: Doctor Evaluation

You will meet with a medical doctor to have the necessary medications prescribed to you for your pain pill detox. You will also meet with a medical doctor to have any other medications prescribed to you if you have other health issues. As well, you will meet with a psychiatrist to be evaluated and prescribed any psych meds that you may need. Oftentimes, people who abuse drugs have a co-occurring diagnosis, also called dual diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety disorder, or bipolar disorder.

Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida: Stabilization

During the stabilization stage at the pain pill detox center in Florida, you will be given certain medications to ease the withdrawal systems that you will begin to experience. Stabilization means to regulate and maintain your condition. So that once you are on your meds, you will be kept at a certain level of medication and slowly tapered off so as to reduce the shock to your system of being without opiates.

Pain Pill Detox Center in Florida: Discharge

The program at the pain pill detox center in Florida can last from 4 to as many as 10 days, depending on the amount of opiates you had been taking and how you are feeling from day to day. You will meet with a therapist to evaluate your progress. The therapist may make recommendations as to continuing care such as rehabilitation so that you do not go back to using pain pills or other opiates.

Whether you were legitimately prescribed painkillers for a chronic pain condition or you started taking pain pills for recreational or self-medicating purposes, a pain pill detox center in Florida can help you get your life back in order. The good news is that it is possible to get off of painkillers with minimal discomfort and, if you have a pain condition, there are alternative treatments to relieving your pain symptoms that don’t require the use of narcotics. Call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist today.

9 Delusions That Need To Be SHATTERED in Order to Stay Clean and Sober

9 Delusions That Need To Be SHATTERED in Order to Stay Clean and Sober

I’ve heard it said that getting clean and sober is the easy part – staying clean and sober is what takes work. And this is pretty much true. I’m not saying that it wasn’t difficult to take that initial plunge because I acknowledge that that was hard, too (it took me about 10 years to even attempt it). But, once the drugs are out of your system, staying that way – drug-free – means upkeep and maintenance. And that spells W-O-R-K.

A great way to laying a sturdy foundation for your recovery is to recognize and then destroy any old beliefs you night be holding onto. Here are 9 delusions that need to be SHATTERED in order to stay clean and sober.

1.)    I was having fun

Maybe at first but, think really hard. I mean really hard. And be willing to be honest with yourself. At the end of it all, were you really having fun? All that lying, scheming, cheating, scrounging, and then add feeling sick, guilty, depressed, and anxious on top of all of that…I’d say you weren’t enjoying it one bit. I’d even put money on it.

2.)    Everyone has their vice, this is mine

This was one of my main delusions when I was in active addiction. I had a very strong, negative reaction to alcohol and so I never drank. But, I felt that it was only fair that I got to do drugs since I couldn’t drink. I’d go around thinking – and even saying to others – that everybody deserves a vice and, doing drugs is mine. That’s how I’d justify it to myself and others.

3.)    I can do it “just one more time”

After we get clean and sober and especially after we put some distance and time between us and the last time we used, we start to think that we can do it, just once. The problem with that is…we can never do it just once. For some of us, we might be able to drink or use something just once – at first. But, inevitably, we are right back where we were, or worse. When you start thinking you can use again, think about why it is that you even want to use. Then remind yourself that it’s your disease talking to you – in your own voice. That’s how tricky it is. Addiction will tell us we’re OK and have us believe that we’re OK, by talking to us in our own voice.

4.)    I’m not hurting anyone else but myself and I have that right

This was another one of my favorite self-delusions. By the end of my active use, I was so depressed and basically just wanted to die. I saw using drugs as a means to an end. And I would tell myself over and over that I’m making the decision to put drugs in my body and that it was my right to do so. As they say, addiction is a selfish disease and I wasn’t even able to see how I was hurting so many other people than just myself.

5.)    I can control it now

After getting the junk out of your system, you may start to think that you’ve zeroed out the scales and that you can go back to drinking and/or drugging but now you can actually control it, knowing what you now know. False. Being an alcoholic/addict means that there is something different about you, that sets you apart from people that can drink and even use drugs on occasion. Addiction is a medically recognized condition and there is even genetic evidence of this. As it stands now, there is no cure for addiction but it is possible to stop it in its tracks. But you have to be willing to let go of your old myths and ideas about it in order to be successful.

6.)    It’s recreational use (I’m not an alcoholic or addict)

Just like I said for #2, this was another go-to of mine when it came to justifying my drug use. I would tell myself – and had even convinced myself – that I was just “partying” and that my drug use was no different from that of recreational users. Now looking back, the truth was that I definitely used differently than my “normies” friends.

7.)    I might have had a problem, but I’m different from other alcoholic/addicts

In that, “I’m not an addict.” To that, I say, no one goes to rehab accidentally or because they want a vacation. If they needed a vacation, they would book a real one. Besides, I’m sure you can find a decent getaway for a lot less than what going to treatment costs.

8.)    I can ‘just drink’ or ‘just smoke pot’

A lot of people seem to think that, because ‘only’ alcohol was their problem (they could do coke from time to time) or things only got bad when they graduated to heroin – these are just examples of course – that it’s that one substance that’s the root of their problem. I work in treatment and I see it all the time…clients returning for treatment because the last time they were here, it was for one thing. When they completed the program, they were still under the impression that it was that one substance that they had a problem with and they convinced themselves they could use other drugs successfully, as long as they stayed away from that other thing, the “problem drug.”

Addiction is a disease of perception. It involves distorted thinking that has the ability to trick us into believing we are clear-minded and thinking logically when we decide to pick up a drink or drug. In reality, addiction really has nothing to do with substances. The substances are an external – and temporary – “solution” for us that eventually stop working and just make things worse. Way worse.

9.)    I won’t overdose (and die)

Unfortunately, it is quite common for someone to die from a drug overdose on a relapse and often times it’s the first time they use since getting clean. It’s true that this is mostly due to tolerance, or lack thereof, however, you’d be a fool to think that you are somehow invincible. There are many factors involved in overdose, other than tolerance level, and you are just as likely to overdose and die as the next person is.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. 

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