Ross Lee: In a cardinal of months, and I accept it was maybe six or seven months, the cardinal of arrests that had gone up for marijuana-related arrests while active in a agent had gone up about aing to 70 percent.
Narration: In flush areas, marijuana use amid boilerplate academy and aerial academy kids is rampant.
Christy Brown: He told me that earlier kids had accustomed it to him aback he was in boilerplate school. And they got it from medical marijuana dispensaries.
Shao Yang: Not alone that, additionally [some of them] advertise marijuana. Abounding of the acceptance get expelled because of the sales of marijuana on campus.
Hillary Ronen: I anticipate by accretion the banned about schools and daycare centers, what we’re adage is that there is article inherently alarming or bad about these shops. I aloof absolutely disagree with that premise.
Ellen Lee Zhou: That kills people’s articulation because 85 percent of the bodies animate nearby, aural the 600 block, they say “No acknowledge you. Stay abroad from our kids. Stay abroad from our residential area.” But yet, they anesthetized the regulation. They accustomed them to accept a cannabis abundance appropriate aing to daycare.
Simone Gao: Welcome to Zooming In. I am Simone Gao. Aback the alpha of the 20th century, best countries, including America, accept allowable laws adjoin the cultivation, ascendancy or alteration of cannabis, a academic name for marijuana. But arise the end of the 20th century, decriminalization of the assemble began. However, aback California pioneered amends of medical marijuana in 1996, few bodies anticipation it would advance to the amends of recreational marijuana 20 years later. Now the amends of recreational marijuana is old news, and “Safe Bang Centers” are assuming up, that acquiesce bodies to accurately inject adulterous drugs beneath supervision. So, what’s next? Is the U.S. entering a allurement to legalizing all drugs, and is California arch the way? Let’s acquisition out in this alternation of Zooming In.
Soundbite: It was a adverse arena on Interstate 880 in Fremont. Five burst cars, three bodies dead, one disciplinarian beneath arrest. 21-year-old Dang Tran is in jail, doubtable of active beneath the admission of marijuana.
Narration: This is not the alone above cartage blow induced by marijuana a year into its amends in California.
Narration: On the morning of Dec. 2, 2017, a barter comatose into the San Francisco Bay Bridge assessment station, killing the assessment collector. The California Highway Patrol said they smelled marijuana and booze on the driver.
Narration: On Christmas Eve the aforementioned year, California Highway Patrol administrator Andrew Camilleri died aback a car rear-ended him activity over 100 afar per hour on I-880. The disciplinarian afterwards accepted actuality beneath the admission of marijuana.
Ross Lee: I accept the cardinal was, at atomic in the Bay area, not statewide, but the cardinal of arrests that were fabricated in a cardinal of months, and I accept it was maybe six or seven months, the cardinal of arrests that had gone up for marijuana-related arrests while active in a agent had gone up about aing to 70 percent, which is substantial, it’s a cogent number.
Narration: It’s a accepted apperception that marijuana makes a disciplinarian calm and relaxed. But what it absolutely does to the animal anatomy charcoal uncertain. According to the FDA, although chemicals in marijuana accept led to two FDA-approved medications in us form, the marijuana bulb is not an FDA-approved medicine. Researchers haven’t conducted alike all-embracing analytic trials to appearance that allowances of the marijuana bulb outweigh its risks to patients.
Narration: Dr. Christy Brown, a retired Mission Academy assistant in Santa Clara, has accomplished the risks first-hand. Her 26-year-old son started application the actuality aback he was 14.
Christy Brown: I activate out that it wasn’t aloof that he was application it already in a while, he was application it every day. He was application it afore he went to school, and I didn’t apperceive that. He would arise to be like okay, but again aback I would go aces him up at school—this is afore he got his driver’s license—I would say, “What did you do in your class?” He couldn’t remember. And I activate out later, it was a brace of years later, he told me he had been application it afore he was in class, and he wasn’t absolutely advantageous absorption in class. And again he would accept to alarm his accompany to acquisition out what his appointment was for homework. So I am a teacher, and I basically approved to advice him with his assignments aback he had problems, but I noticed he wouldn’t accept any focus on his assignment. He couldn’t accumulate his attention.
Narration: The affection Dr. Brown describes can be explained scientifically. Dr. Evelyn Li, a cardiologist at the Asian Medical Clinic, showed us the aberration amid a accustomed academician and a substance-impaired brain.
Dr. Evelyn Li: This is a accustomed brain, cutting from the top, and this is from the basal to the top. As if attractive from the basal of a animal actuality to the top. As you can see, if you booze alcohol, you alpha accepting holes in the brain. Holes in the academician agency that those beef are dead. Dead, no best alive. So you see holes in the brain. Like, this is normal, you see no holes here. You see a lot of holes actuality for bodies [who] use aloof three years of cocaine. You see a lot of holes here. And this is methamphetamine. Okay, you got holes here. And this is marijuana. You see a lot of holes. A lot of holes with marijuana. This is for two years, age of 16. There are a lot of beef that are dead. Yeah, they are dead.
Dr. Evelyn Li: What it does is that it affects the aboveboard affiliate and hippocampus. The aboveboard affiliate is breadth bodies use it for creativities, for amusing interactions. The hippocampus is for memory. And so bodies who use this biologic will be afflicted by how they react.
Narration: As of April 2018, four months aback California began arising acting accompaniment licenses to cannabis operators, there are about 6,000 accountant cannabis businesses in the state. California is the aboriginal accompaniment in the U.S. to approve recreational marijuana use.
Narration: Coming up, all accountant retailers and individuals are alone acceptable to advertise cannabis to adults 21 and older, but aggressive marijuana use is present on boilerplate academy and aerial academy campuses. Stay acquainted to acquisition out how this happened.
Narration: Dr. Brown has two sons. The earlier one grew up in Texas. He accelerating aerial academy with ceremoniousness and got a law amount from the Rice University. He now enjoys a acknowledged career as a diplomat. She never accepted that her adolescent son, built-in and aloft in California, would booty a acutely altered path.
Christy Brown: He told me that earlier kids had accustomed it to him aback he was in boilerplate school. And they got it from medical marijuana dispensaries.
Narration: Medical marijuana had connected been legalized in California by the time Dr. Brown’s son started application it. But adults from 18-21 can alone get medical marijuana through their primary caregiver—theoretically.
Christy Brown: They went to a doctor and they would say, I can’t beddy-bye or I accept some affliction and the doctor can’t absolutely analysis for that. And it’s not their approved doctor, it was what they alarm a pot doctor, so basically, everybody knew this is a affectionate of scam.
Narration: It is a betray that doesn’t assume to bother best people. Afterwards all, marijuana is about perceived as a non-harmful assemble that makes you feel good.
Soundbite: Medical Marijuana is non-addictive and non-habit-forming. Medical abatement can be administered instantaneously. Side furnishings can accommodate euphoria, a faculty of well-being, love, and acute happiness…
Narration: According to the “Monitoring the Future” study, amid all grades, perceptions of corruption and disapproval of marijuana use has connected to abatement over the accomplished 20 years.
Christy Brown: Because all of the added kids were accomplishing it, he anticipation he didn’t accept a problem. So this accomplished ability of you know, it’s okay, marijuana is not harmful, you know, you can do these things, it’s activity to be acknowledged anon anyway, that’s addition affair that he would say. It is not harmful, I can’t die, I can’t overdose. Those affectionate of things, he acclimated to accord me this affectionate of affidavit why it was accept for him to do it.
Narration: According to the National Institute on Biologic Abuse, marijuana use can advance to problems, which takes the anatomy of addiction in astringent cases. Thirty percent of those who use marijuana may accept some amount of marijuana use disorder. Bodies who activate application marijuana afore the age of 18 are four and seven times added acceptable to advance a marijuana use ataxia than adults. Dr. Brown’s son avalanche into this category. He got added absorbed to marijuana in his aerial academy years aback he acclimated it assorted times a day. He progressed to active abroad from home to abstain analysis and accepting arrested for bringing marijuana to school. By the time he was aing 18, Dr. Brown had to face a bigger challenge.
Christy Brown: We told him, aback you get to be 18 in California, you can get a medical marijuana card, and you can use medical marijuana. This was accurate afore legalization. And a lot of accompany of his were talking about accepting these cards so they could use marijuana recreationally.
Narration: Aback Dr. Brown’s son angry 18, she accomplished that absoluteness was worse than what she originally feared.
Christy Brown: I activate out that he was absolutely blind about these marijuana dispensaries, and he started alive for addition who grew marijuana. And he started authoritative money absolutely by authoritative assortment oil. It’s a actual alarming affair because you accept to use butane. And there’s a lot of assortment oil explosions, I’ve apprehend about them that they’ve had explosions breadth houses accept austere down, bodies accept been killed. And it absolutely become actionable in California.
Narration: On Nov. 8, 2016, recreational marijuana was legalized in California. Marijuana dispensaries sprawled in burghal areas in Southern and Northern California. Schools bound acquainted their presence.
Narration: The Fremont Unified Academy Commune is one of Northern California’s brilliant districts. It is fabricated up of 42 schools confined about 35,000 acceptance in grades K-12. It had 14 National Merit Scholars and 11 California Gold Ribbon Schools in 2016. Aback backward 2016, the Commune Councilor, Yang Shao, saw a audible change.
Shao Yang: Afterwards the developed recreational marijuana was legalized two years ago, the academy commune has been accession abstracts on how aggressive the marijuana corruption is on our campuses. And abstracts shows that there’s been at atomic a 12 percent admission on boilerplate for the aftermost three years, which indicates that added and added acceptance are application marijuana on campus. Not alone that, they additionally advertise marijuana. Abounding of the acceptance get expelled because of the sales of marijuana on campus.
Narration: According to Marijuana Business Daily, as of July 2018, an estimated 70 percent of cities and counties in California had absolutely banned cannabis companies of any blazon from ambience up boutique in their jurisdictions. But above burghal areas are exceptions. On Nov. 28, 2017, at the San Francisco Board of Admiral meeting, Katy Tang approved three times to appoint a absorber breadth for marijuana dispensaries, biologic dispensaries, and daycares. They were all angry down.
Katy Tang: So the aboriginal one is the thousand-foot absorber zone, and including daycare centermost as authentic by the California bloom and assurance code.
London Breed: No added questions about this amendment, amazon clerk, on this item. Please alarm the roll.Clerk: Administrator Breed: no; Administrator Cohen: no; administrator Farrell: no; administrator Fewer: No; Administrator Kim: aye, Administrator Peskin: no; administrator Ronen: no; administrator Safai: aye; administrator Shihi: no; administrator Tang: aye; administrator Yee: aye. There are 4 ayes and 7 nos, with admiral Breed, Cohen, Farrell, Fewer, Peskin, Ronen, and Shihi in the dissent. The alteration fails.Katy Tang: Accustomed that that antecedent motion failed, I aloof capital to put it aback to 1000-foot ambit afterwards daycare centers, which is what we accept appropriate now.
Clerk: There are 5 ayes and 6 nos … The motion fails.
Katy Tang: Okay, acknowledge you. I affiance this will be the aftermost one on the absorber zone. Okay, so my aing motion again would be 600-feet absorber zone.
Clerk: There are 5 ayes and 6 nos … The alteration fails.
Narration: Administrator Tang’s motions were not alone angry down. Her colleagues foolishly disagreed with them.
Hillary Ronen: I anticipate by accretion the banned about schools and daycare centers, what we’re adage is that there’s article inherently alarming or bad about these shops, I aloof absolutely disagree with that premise. I absolutely anticipate that the war on drugs has been what has been alarming for our society. There is accurate evidence, affluence of it assuming that breadth you accomplish drugs acknowledged and adapt them, and anticipate kids from accepting admission to them, and acquiesce bodies who are already absorbed to substances, not amerce those individuals, that they use beneath drugs and get better, and that neighborhoods get safer. In Portugal, breadth all drugs are legal, they’ve apparent the association adapted and abomination go down.
Narration: At that meeting, administrator Ronen’s motion to aish any restrictions on the ambit amid cannabis dispensaries was passed. However, Ellen Lee Zhou, amusing artisan and 2018 applicant for San Francisco appropriate mayoral election, said Ronen does not represent the community’s absolute voice.
Ellen Lee Zhou: I was in abounding of the attainable hearings. I bethink actual acutely in my head. We said it to them, we do not appetite a cannabis abundance aing to 3015 San Bruno because there’s a preschool and a daycare appropriate aing to that proposed location. You apperceive what they say? They said it is call to accept a cannabis store. That kills people’s articulation because 85 percent of the bodies animate nearby, aural the 600 block, they say “No acknowledge you. Stay abroad from our kids. Stay abroad from our residential area.” But yet, they anesthetized the regulation. They accustomed them to accept a cannabis abundance appropriate aing to daycare.
Narration: Afore the mayoral election, according to political contributions appear to the San Francisco Ethics Commission, San Francisco administrator Mark Farrell and Board of Admiral admiral London Breed, who aftermost adopted ambassador of the city, had accustomed added than $50,000 anniversary in appear political contributions from the bounded cannabis industry. In total, the associates of the accepted Board of Admiral accustomed at atomic $153,000 from owners, employees, lobbyists, and firms associated with the cannabis industry in San Francisco.
Narration: Coming up, what will amends of recreational marijuana advance to?
Narration: Dr. Brown’s son eventually confused on to added austere drugs aback he was a apprentice in college. His ancestors approved their best to advice him ascendancy the addiction. He could ascendancy it for a while, but he consistently relapsed. At the end of anniversary aeon he would be in an alike worse situation.
Christy Brown: So aback he had to abjure from school, that was a big shock for him, because that was his cachet in activity and he was activity to academy and all his added accompany are still in college. And he aloof affectionate of went crazy. We activate out he was additionally application opioid pills. And again we activate out he was starting to use heroin, and he was starting to inject heroin. So it was very, actual quick from activity to college, activity into these added drugs, and again acceptable a absolute heroin addict.
Narration: He concluded up additionally developing drug-induced psychosis and was beatific to brainy bloom institutions for a while. Afterwards actuality arrested for active beneath the influence, his mother apparent a hasty actuality about him.
Christy Brown: I was absolutely worried, I assassin a advocate to acquisition out what was gonna go on. The advocate went to see him and I told him: He’s mentally ill and he’s psychotic. And the advocate went and he said to me, there’s annihilation amiss with your son, he’s okay. And I said, really? We went to see him and he absolutely had been demography this medical marijuana for 4 months and announcement these signs of psychosis. We went to the bastille and he was accomplished afterwards 24 hours of not application marijuana. He was himself, basically.
Christy Brown: So aback they acquaint you that this is a disease, and it should not be law administration that accord with people, and it should aloof be the bloom providers that accord with absorbed people, it’s absolutely not activity to assignment because the analyst couldn’t accord with him. He was too out of control. There are some cases breadth the alone bodies that are gonna be able to accord with a being who is in an out of control, absorbed bearings is law enforcement, unfortunately.
Narration: Amid law administration and the assiduous efforts of his family, Dr. Brown’s son was able to assuredly stop application drugs and alum from college. Dr. Brown, however, is acquainted that the action is not over. Anytime he’s apparent to a biologic attainable environment, he’s in crisis of relapsing.
Narration: On Aug.21, 2018, the California Accompaniment Senate anesthetized a admeasurement that would accredit San Francisco to accessible a ability for injecting actionable drugs—the aboriginal of its affectionate in the nation. Eight canicule later, a apish bang centermost was open. One of the critiques of the bang centermost was that law administration would potentially no best be able to arrest bodies who acquire drugs because they could artlessly say they are on their way to the “safe bang center.” For the Brown family, it agency they will accept one added affair to watch out for.
Simone Gao: Dr. Brown is a constant Democrat, and she still is. She voted for legalizing medical marijuana, assertive the assemble is a all-important analysis for a baby accumulation of terminal ache patients. Aback her acceptance told her aerial schoolers was affairs marijuana to adolescent kids, she didn’t accept it until her own son became a victim. To her, biologic action is not a accessory issue, but a astute issue. She told me, if she knew all the facts that were hidden about marijuana, she would never accept voted for legalizing medical marijuana. Now, California is acceptable to see a bang of bang centers in the a future. Will the agitation over it be about two allegory government philosophies, or does it absolutely appear bottomward to basal accepted sense? Let’s acquisition out in allotment two of this series: Is California Pioneering Legalizing of All Drugs? Thanks for watching Zooming In. I’m Simone Gao. See you aing week.
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