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What is it?
Marijuana is a name given to the plant Cannabis Sativa when used as a drug. The main active chemical is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which moves quickly through the bloodstream to the brain and other organs. (NIDA)

Professional and Academic Risks
Having a drug conviction on your record can impact your academic and professional careers! Drug convictions may affect your financial aid and disqualify you for scholarships. Not only that, but many schools will kick you out if you receive a drug conviction!

Drug convictions can also have a large effect on your professional career: you may find it difficult to find government jobs, jobs selling controlled substances (pharmaceuticals), and jobs requiring licenses (transportation, medical, legal etc).

Legal Risks
Missouri has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country!

Possessing Selling
35g or less Misdemeanor
Max 1 year prison
$1k fine
35g or less Felony
Max 7 years in prison
$5k fine
35g-30kg Felony
Max 7 years in prison
$5k fine
35g-30kg Felony
5-15 years in prison
$5k-$20k fine

Driving under the influence of any drug is illegal, so you can potentially get a DUI if driving while high.

Effects
Marijuana is often thought to be a harmless drug but it actually has many negative effects on users’ body and life!

Health
Marijuana increases your heart rate and blood pressure! In the first hour after smoking you’re 4.8x more likely to have a heart attack! It can also increase your risk of lung infections and lower your body’s resistance to common illnesses!

Learning
Marijuana can impair your memory and ability to learn new things. Your ability to problem-solve and retain information can also be greatly reduced.

Judgment
Using marijuana can result in mood and personality changes and can distort your perceptions of reality (sights, sounds, time, and touch).

Sex
Not only can Marijuana decrease sex drive, it also can lower sperm production in men and cause irregular menstrual cycles in women.

Sleep
Though many use marijuana as a sleep aid, some studies report that marijuana actually throws off your sleep cycle! It also increases next day daytime sleepiness, anxiety, irritability, fatigue and jumpiness.

Motivation
While there is no official evidence, many report a decrease in motivation when using marijuana.

Addiction
Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction and dependence.

Potential for Addiction Getting Help
Marijuana addiction, like any kind of addiction, can be tough to battle on your own. If you are looking to quit using marijuana, consult a medical doctor or your campus health or counseling services. If you would like to talk to someone or find a local treatment facility, call 1-800-662-HELP.

Withdrawal
Two-three weeks after discontinued use, some users will face the withdrawal.

Symptoms Dealing with Withdrawal

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Myth:
of Missouri college students,
88% believe the typical student uses marijuana

Busted:
76% do not use marijuana

The following resources were consulted:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): http://www.drugabuse.gov/
Data from MCHBS, 2013