GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells New Hampshire crowd he will enforce federal laws that criminalize marijuana if elected president; 'If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it' - @BloombergNews
Editor's note: Sandra Bland's toxicology report shows she had 18 ug/L of THC (marijuana) in her system. The driving limit in Colorado is 5 ug/L, Dallas Morning News reporter Bobby Blanchard said. During an press conference, the Waller County, Texas, district attorney said he has asked for more tests and did not comment further on this toxicology report. - Stephanie
Cannabis, also known as marijuana and by numerous other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug or medicine. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); it is one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 84 other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
Cannabis is often consumed for mental and physical effects, such as heightened mood, relaxation, and an increase in appetite. Possible side-effects include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, red eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety.
Cannabis is mostly used recreationally or as a medicinal drug. It may also be used as part of religious or spiritual rites. In 2013 between 128 and 232 million people used cannabis (2.7% to 4.9% of the global population between the ages of 15 and 65). In 2015 about half of people from the United States have tried marijuana, 12% have used it in the past year and 7.3% have used it in the past month. Usage has increased since 2013.
The earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC. Since the early 20th century cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions with the possession, use, and sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids currently illegal in most countries of the world; the United Nations deems it the most-used illicit drug in the world. Medical marijuana refers to the physician recommended use of cannabis which is taking place in Canada, Belgium, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and 23 U.S. states. Cannabis use as well as support for legalization has been increasing in the United States in recent years.