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Marijuana charges might signal an underlying addiction

Some people believe that it isn't possible to become addicted to marijuana, but it is very possible to become addicted. For people who are, facing the possibility of having to face criminal charges because you smoke it won't matter at all. The only thing that they are focused on is getting their next high.

Approximately 30 percent of people who use marijuana suffer from marijuana use disorder. This equates to around 4 million people. People who start to use the drug before they turn 18 years old are more likely, four to seven times more likely, to suffer from this disorder.

The issue that some people don't realize is that this disorder can lead to a true addiction. They won't even be able give up marijuana if it starts to change their ability to do their normal activities. They will notice that they start to use more and more of the drug as time progresses.

Because of the possibility of addiction, people who are facing criminal charges for marijuana might need to do more than just face that case. They might need to get help for the underlying addiction. One program that is sometimes possible for defendants is drug court. This puts the person under the supervision of the court while still giving them the chance to live in society. It is a rigorous program with very strict requirements, so people who participate must be fully committed.

No matter what type of marijuana charge you are facing, you should learn your options. Evaluating these can help you to determine what course of action is most appropriate for your needs.

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