Legal Marijuana Could Drastically Change Native American Culture

http://news.marijuana.com/news/2015/01/legal-marijuana-could-drastically-change-native-american-culture/

The incarcerated Native population is twice that of their white counterparts and for youths that number is three times higher…

According to data collected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Native Americans are more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to be in need of treatment for substance abuse problems…

Evidence published by the University of Maryland suggests that there is a 10% increase in substance abuse, suicide, violent crime, theft, and bankruptcy when a new casino opens in town. The establishment of stable regulated marijuana industries on native lands has the potential to decentralize the monopoly that tribal gaming has acquired as the primary source of economic activity…

Another supplementary benefit of access to marijuana on native lands is that marijuana is increasingly being studied as a treatment option for alcoholism. Research published in BioMed Central’s Harm Reduction Journal indicates that of 350 cannabis users, 40% used cannabis to control their alcohol cravings…

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