By Joanne Grant LCPC , LADC, CCS,
Day One Director of Boys’ Residential Services
The Maine Marijuana Legalization Act is of specific concern to me as a community member, a parent, and as the Director of Boys’ Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Programs at Day One. Day One is Maine’s leading agency working with youth to address substance use disorders and mental health concerns.
I have worked with adolescents with substance abuse issues in many settings, including jails and residential facilities, for almost 20 years. Over this time, marijuana has been the drug leading to admission in about 85% of cases. Don’t be fooled, the criteria to be eligible to enter residential treatment are very severe, meaning these kids have great difficulty functioning in many life areas due to their marijuana use. They are homeless, expelled from school, depressed, and involved in the criminal justice system. We are not just talking about having the munchies, memory loss, laziness, and laughing a lot. [Read more…]