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The Tale of Justin Bieber, In-flight Marijuana and New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport
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Earlier this month, 19-year-old music megastar Justin Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol on his flight to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport—and so we begin this bizarre airborne tale.
According to the NY Daily News, the flight captain continuously warned Bieber’s crew to stop smoking pot and harassing the flight attendants. To make matters worse, the pot smoke was so heavy on the plane that the pilots reportedly wore oxygen masks to avoid showing up positive on drug tests!
Because of his disrespectful and all-to-entitled behavior, Bieber was questioned upon arrival in New Jersey. Though no unsmoked weed was found during the plane’s search, canine cops found luggage that reeked of marijuana. Eventually, Bieber’s personal trainer and assistant ‘fessed up to putting their names on Bieber’s bags so nothing would be traced back to the popstar, his father or their guests. Sigh.
Back in January, Bieber was charged with DUI, and he also has two pending assault charges.
The Effects of Marijuana
Nearly 24 million Americans use illicit drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants and prescriptions—and marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug of all. Now that states are beginning to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the drug is becoming more and more socially acceptable. When huge pop culture figures like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus are open advocates for the substance, it sends a message to young people that marijuana is cool, and so they follow suit.
- 9 percent of people who use marijuana will eventually become addicted. [The National Institute on Drug Abuse]
- 60 percent of 12th graders don’t view regular marijuana use as harmful. [National Institute of Health]
Marijuana is a mixture of dried seeds, stems and other parts of the hemp plant, or Cannabis sativa. Its primary active ingredient is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
When marijuana is smoked, THC enters the bloodstream from the lungs, impairing memory, coordination, concentration and perception. With primarily psychological side effects, long-term marijuana abuse may lead to:
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of schizophrenia, which can cause severe depression
- Risk of heart attack
Regular users who attempt to quit smoking pot often report similar symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, including irritability, insomnia and depression.
Marijuana is indeed psychologically addictive, and there are many treatment options available to help marijuana users break the cycle, including cognitive behavioral and didactic behavior therapies. Marijuana abuse typically co-occurs with the use/abuse of other drugs, like alcohol and cocaine; it’s very important that treatment identifies and addresses all drug dependencies within one comprehensive program. Individualized planning and family support are key components of successful marijuana recovery.
As for Justin Bieber, he will hopefully soon get the help he seemingly needs, and those closest to him will do what it takes to step in and intervene the right way.