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Chicago police find 423 pounds of marijuana in Skokie man’s home

Published On: 04-10-2018 in Category: drug abuse

Chicago police find 423 pounds of marijuana in Skokie man's home

Chicago police have seized nearly 423 pounds of marijuana estimated at a street value of $3 million from a man’s Skokie home in Cook County. Executing a search warrant on March 29, 2018, officers raided the 31-year-old David Gutierrez’s home in the 4800 block of North Kirk Street and discovered the marijuana consignment, large amount of cash, and four handguns.

Gutierrez was arrested on charges of drug possession and distribution. Besides, he also faces charges for possession of firearms and drug-related paraphernalia. According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Gutierrez was taken to the Cook County Jail on a bond of $100,000. His bail amount has been set at $10,000, authorities said.

Though Illinois is seeing a spike in cases of marijuana addiction, a recent Cook County referendum has demonstrated enormous support for allowing recreational use of the drug statewide. On March 20, 2018, about 68 percent of voters supported “the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and its products for recreational use by adults 21 and older.” However, member of the Illinois House of Representatives Kelly Cassidy, a Democrat, clarified that the referendum served only as an advisory, and it does not change the state of federal law.

Studies show Illinois was never a pioneer in spearheading the efforts to ease marijuana restrictions. Contrary to other states in the U.S., legislators in Illinois have always remained on the back foot. Lawmakers in Illinois have preferred to study the mistakes committed by others and evaluated the outcomes of the decisions of others to determine the best policy for their state.

Marijuana is an addictive substance

With medical marijuana being legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, estimates of the number of Americans across the U.S. suffering from pot addiction are rising. Studies have revealed the presence of neurotoxin delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana, which is the major cause of abuse and addiction. Some of the common side effects of cannabis addiction include accelerated heart rate, anxiety, amnesia, cognitive impairments, and difficulties in thinking and problem solving.

Despite the wide-acceptance of marijuana in many circles, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved its medicinal value. Marijuana continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of high potential for abuse. According to the FDA, pharmacologists have not conducted extensive clinical trials to determine the medicinal value of marijuana, which could outweigh the possible health risks. Research suggests that early exposure to cannabinoids, particularly during adolescence, could increase vulnerability to addiction to other hard drugs later in life.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Chicago Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 312-300-6661 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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