Colorado Drug Rehab Wonders: What is Bill Maher's Real Agenda?

pot fieldBong Pot Smoker

Thin Dotted line for Colorado Drug Rehab

For people that want to smoke marijuana, Colorado makes it easy. But if you are undecided about the benefits or liabilities of using marijuana, Bill Maher will convince you that it is the panacea for most of man's problems.

Colorado Drug Rehab has been in the alcohol and other drug rehab and prevention field for over 30 years and we feel that we are the experts when it comes to evaluating the benefits or liabilities of marijuana, or any other drug. Some would say that our opinions are biasised because we only see those that have addiction problems, but we also have contact with those that have smoked marijuana and are now having trouble stopping. Mr. Maher doesn't talk about any down side to using marijuana. We have certainly seen marijuana as being a gateway drug that leads to more dehabilitating drugs, such as crack, or heroin.

It is hard to figure why Bill Maher is interested in promoting others to share in his use of a drug that is" A DRUG." No matter what you say about marijuana, it lowers ones abilities, numbs the senses and can become addicting. The attitudes that come from its use are certainly different than those of mainstream culture and can be attributed to the effects of this drug. Typically, a person who smokes it regularly will have less concern about details, authority, regulations and things of this nature, which leads to people feeling as though they can drive as well under the influence as they can when they are alert aand clean of any effects of marijuana. This just isn't true and since a person that is using marijuana usually can't pass a field sobriety test, they are arrested for DUI/DWI's just as though they were drinking beer or any other alcoholic beverage.

Bill Maher describes himslef as a Libertarian and a Progressive. He believes in the legalization of prositutiion, gambling and marijuana, which the voters of Colorado must agree. He is a borad member of NORML the organization that supports the legalization of marijuana and the Marijuana Policy Project, which also support's its legalization.

Bill Maher has many good attributes and he does more than most celebrities in giving his time and money two worthwhile causes. That is one reason that he has become a "role model" to many. We have had patients that continue to "experiment" with marijuana after they have had bad experiences because of his influence. In our experience, which is slanted in the direction of people that are needing help, we have found few long-term marijuana smokers or users that don't have some serious debilitating effects from the drug. It is now legal in Colorado to buy a small amount of marijuana for recreational use, so time will tell if this drug is as harmless as Mr. Maher says it is. All drugs poison the body in certain ways and all drugs limit or change the imput that one gets from their experiences and the environment, so a drugged culture will certainly have some different outcomes in terms of culture than we have had in the past.

Sometimes it is a benefit to be "up-tight" or have conservative attitudes... I certainly want my pilots to be eacting and not loaded on any drug, as well as my accountant. To be happy, it is necessary to be able to discern when it is appropriate to laugh-off certain comments and when they should be taken seriously. This isi a fuction of maturity and to give that choice up to the idea that a drug is going to control my thoughts or inabiliites isn't a recipe for success. This article isn't trying to state all of the reasons why marijuan smoking is harmful, but it is trying to get the reader to question celebrities that endorse the use of drugs by the thousands and maybe milliions of people that they are opinion leaders over.

Marijuana...Plant or Plague?

The lastest problem facting Colorado is the legal dispensing of medical marijuana. The Washington Times recently ran an article entitled "Drug skeptics fear Colorado going to pot" This article states that Colorado is looking at legislation that will better support the oversight of medical marijuana.

No one has studied whether the access to medical marijuana has caused a rise in first-time users and a younger population of users, but everyone working with the youth in Colorado feels that access is easier and that the cost of the drug on the streets is lower than it was before there was access to medical marijuana and the drug is more potent than it was when it was being smuggled in from Mexico.

Do you think that teenagers have a more permissive attitude towards marijuana since the passage of the Medical Marijuana laws and the opening of medical marijuana clinics? Please answer in the space below. Your input is important in guiding our political lobbying efforts. THANKS! Do you think that Bill Baher's show has changed attitudes about marijuana?

Take the time to call or write to someone that has the FACTS.....and CARES! Have you been to alcohol and drug rehab and you are still suffering... Were you told that addiction is a lifelong disease? Colorado Drug Rehab will show you the TRUTH!


Colorado Drug Rehab receives many calls from adolescents and their parents seeking information and drug rehab or residential drug treatment for marijuana abuse. There are more myths about marijuana than any of the other "recreational" drugs on the market. These myths are promoted by celebraties, like Bill Marr, that see it as their mission to tout the benefits of marijuana use. In truth, marijuana is a drug that has many of the same disabilitating properties as any other drug. Admittedly, a person can function more normally while under the influence of marijuana than some of the more addicting drugs, but the accumlation of the drug in the body and the negative consequences of chronic marijuana use are damaging physically and certainly they are demoralizing to the user. If you would like more information on marijuana use and/or drug rehab or residential drug treatment, call 1-888.781.7060 and Colorado Drug Rehab will be glad to assist.

For more information on marijuana go to the main page on marijuana, but don't hesitate to share your ideas with us on the politics of marijuana use and promotion.



Health Hazards

Effects on the Lungs

Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers. These individuals may have daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. Continuing to smoke marijuana can lead to abnormal functioning of lung tissue injured or destroyed by marijuana smoke.

Regardless of the THC content, the amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed are three to five times greater than among tobacco smokers. This may be due to the marijuana users' inhaling more deeply and holding the smoke in the lungs and because marijuana smoke is unfiltered.


Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

Researchers have found that THC changes the way in which sensory information gets into and is processed by the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a component of the brain's limbic system that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations. Investigations have shown that neurons in the information processing system of the hippocampus and the activity of the nerve fibers in this region are suppressed by THC. In addition, researchers have discovered that learned behaviors, which depend on the hippocampus, also deteriorate via this mechanism.

Recent research findings also indicate that long-term use of marijuana produces changes in the brain similar to those seen after long-term use of other major drugs of abuse.

Effects on Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Recent findings indicate that smoking marijuana while shooting up cocaine has the potential to cause severe increases in heart rate and blood pressure. In one study, experienced marijuana and cocaine users were given marijuana alone, cocaine alone, and then a combination of both. Each drug alone produced cardiovascular effects; when they were combined, the effects were greater and lasted longer. The heart rate of the subjects in the study increased 29 beats per minute with marijuana alone and 32 beats per minute with cocaine alone. When the drugs were given together, the heart rate increased by 49 beats per minute, and the increased rate persisted for a longer time. The drugs were given with the subjects sitting quietly. In normal circumstances, an individual may smoke marijuana and inject cocaine and then do something physically stressful that may significantly increase the risk of overloading the cardiovascular system.

What are the effects on someone who has smoked marijuana for years?

This is a questions that comes up routinely on the help line. We find that many long-term marijuana users begin to experience untoward emotional and physical complications. Usually it starts with complaints about memory loss, both short and long term as well as a feeling of lethargy that is becoming debilitating .

There is evidence that long-term marijuana use is not unlike long-term use of any drug in that it accumulates in the fat tissue of the body and when you reach a "body burden" of toxins that causes nerve impulse problems, there will be a feeling of "unrealness" followed by anxiety and sleeplessness. It is recommended that someone that is having these or other discomforts consult with our counselors at 888.781.7060 and we will evaluate your individual situation and recommend a program or professional that can help you back to a normal.

Efforts to Legalize Marijuana are Raising Tensions

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is claiming that proposals to legalize marijuana in Colorado are causing an increase in organized crime, but the agency says it doesn't have any hard data to back up such statements.
Now proponents who worked to push pot legalization measures in Denver and throughout the state are crying foul over what they say are baseless claims.

Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 11:18 AM MDT

A fiery e-mail sent by a federal agent from his government address does not violate employee policy, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official.
In July, Colorado Confidential reported on an angry letter originating from a Department of Justice e-mail address. The message, riddled with spelling errors, was sent to Independence Institute analyst Jessica Peck Corry in response to a Denver Post editorial she wrote supporting medical marijuana.

Since then it has been discovered that the note came from a DEA agent, and the agency's Denver field director says that matter comes down to freedom of speech.

Just the idea of making marijuana legal sets off emotions on both sides of the issue. Most people can agree that the government should have the power to limit citizens from partaking in activities that are not detrimental to to others and society at large. "Not harmful" is where the argument begins. Activities in life should have more latitude than either being criminal or not, there should be more freedom in the gray areas of decision making if we really want to have a thinking and democratic and open society. The lives and productivity lost from incarceration for non-threatening marijuana possession have infringed on an open society and things need to be re-evaluated. Perhaps decriminalization is a better approach. It is very difficult to say that marijuana is not a harmful substance or that since it is less harmful then alcohol, it too should be legalized. There are many who would like to see more sanctions on alcohol. But these new items demonstrate how volatile this subject is in our society and it appears as though it will continue to be a wedge issue in the future as well.

January 15, 2011... The Denver Post had an article stating that a new bill is before the Colorado House to redo Colorado's medical-marijuana laws so that it easier for felons to own dispensaries and exempt older marijuana shops from buffer rules around schools. This law would basically make it easier to sell marijuana in Colorado... we will see where this takes our wonderful state.


pot wagon VW

If this were the only outcome, we really wouldn't worry about Pot.


Contact Colorado Drug Rehab, helps you make decisions on a drug rehab treatment center as well as helping your get the best alcohol and drug assessments and evaluations. We are Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors that have reviewed over 150 rehab centers, on site, and performed more than 500 alcohol and drug assessments and evaluations, and can share our experiences and help you find the best program or get a fair and honest alcohol or drug assessment to help you with legal issues or help you find what level of treatment or rehab is most appropriate!