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  • ‘This ain’t your mother’s marijuana,’ surgeon general says

    08/29/2019 10:58:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2019 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Surgeon General Jerome Adams made the announcement, with Azar calling marijuana “a dangerous drug.” Officials said President Donald Trump has donated $100,000 — one-quarter of his annual government salary — toward a digital campaign to raise awareness of the risks. Trump has forgone his official salary since taking office. The warning comes as legal marijuana has grown into a $10-billion industry in the...
  • The link between pot and mass shootings may be closer than we think

    08/08/2019 6:15:32 AM PDT · by Mariner · 91 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 8th, 2019 | By Miranda Devine
    You can’t walk through the streets of Manhattan these days without smelling weed. Even as evidence mounts of the health problems associated with marijuana, New York has insisted on joining other greedy states scrambling to legalize this deceptively dangerous drug. It makes no sense at a time when American youth is suffering from an unprecedented mental health crisis. And, in all honesty, we cannot rule out a connection between increasing marijuana use, mental illness and the recent spate of mass shootings by disturbed young males. We don’t yet know much about the mental state or drug use of the El...
  • Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use

    06/20/2019 6:29:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2019 | Gene Johnson
    The proof is in the pee. A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion scientists reached by way of the unglamorous work of analyzing raw sewage. “It’s stinky,” said lead author Dan Burgard, a chemist at the University of Puget Sound. “But we’ve worked with urine, we’ve worked with wastewater, and we’ve worked with port-a-potties. It’s not as bad a port-a-potties.” The research entailed driving...

    06/17/2019 6:05:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 49 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 17,2019 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    The returns are in on Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana: (1) Large amounts of money are being made thanks to legalization, privately and by the state; (2) “horrible things are happening to kids.” The quotation is from psychiatrist Libby Stuyt. She treats teens in southwestern Colorado and has studied the health effects of high-potency marijuana. Stuyt says: “I see increased problems with psychosis, with addiction, with suicide, with depression and anxiety” stemming from legalization in the state. Stuyt’s report won’t surprise anyone who has read Alex Berensen’s book Tell Your Children, which I discussed here. Berensen noted that over the...
  • In first states to legalize pot, teen use triggers concerns

    06/17/2019 9:30:06 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 86 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2019 | Jennifer Oldham
    The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana are starting to grapple with teenagers' growing use of highly potent pot, even as both boost the industry and reap huge tax windfalls from its sales. Though the legal purchase age is 21 in Colorado and Washington, parents, educators and physicians say youths are easily getting hold of edibles infused with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive component that causes a high, and concentrates such as "shatter," a brittle, honey-colored substance that is heated and then inhaled through a special device. Each poses serious risks to adolescents' physical and mental health. "Underage kids...
  • Nevada bans employers from refusing to hire those who fail marijuana tests

    06/15/2019 9:47:02 AM PDT · by indthkr · 178 replies
    CNN ^ | June 12th | Eric Levenson and Chris Boyette
    (CNN) — Starting in 2020, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.....
  • Recreational marijuana in Colorado: What the numbers say about health, safety and tax dollars

    06/11/2019 9:08:58 AM PDT · by fwdude · 89 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 30, 2019 | Robert McCoppin
    A bill to legalize recreational marijauna in Illinois needs only the signature of Gov. J.B. Pritzker to become law. Colorado has had legal recreational marijuana since 2014. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice last year came out with an analysis of the effects of the state's legalization of retail sales of marijuana since it went into effect in 2014. It found teen use had not increased, but hospital visits and fatal accidents associated with marijuana use increased. The authors cautioned that many factors can influence the statistics in the report, including people's willingness to admit marijuana use now that it's...
  • Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

    06/07/2019 7:40:00 PM PDT · by Persevero · 152 replies
    Imprimis ^ | Jan 2019 | Alex Berenson
    Most of all, advocates have told you that marijuana is not just safe for people with psychiatric problems like depression, but that it is a potential treatment for those patients. On its website, the cannabis delivery service Eaze offers the “Best Marijuana Strains and Products for Treating Anxiety.” “How Does Cannabis Help Depression?” is the topic of an article on Leafly, the largest cannabis website. But a mountain of peer-reviewed research in top medical journals shows that marijuana can cause or worsen severe mental illness, especially psychosis, the medical term for a break from reality. Teenagers who smoke marijuana regularly...
  • 176 Oregon cannabis businesses owe Oregon $15.7M in overdue taxes

    06/05/2019 9:28:02 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 63 replies
    KVAL ^ | 06/09/2019 | Reed Andrews
    Cannabis businesses owe millions in overdue taxes to the Oregon Department of Revenue. The latest numbers show 176 businesses owe a total of $15.7 million. . . . The Oregon Department of Revenue says the top 10 businesses with outstanding balances owe more than $600,000 each.The problem is getting worse. Since July the total owed to the state has gone up by $3 million. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it does not have the ability to immediately pull licenses like its counterparts in Washington and Colorado. That's because the tax money is collected by the Department of Revenue and...
  • Michigan Governor: Smoking Tons of Weed Could Fix Our Terrible Roads

    05/31/2019 8:57:24 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 05/30/2019 | Rafi Schwartz
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threw down the gauntlet on Thursday for Michigan residents who are both sick of the state’s abysmal road conditions, and also not nearly high enough.“At its height, the taxes for marijuana will raise about $42 million dollar per year for infrastructure. We have a $2.5 billion dollar problem,” Whitmer said at the Mackinac Policy Conference, referencing the state’s 10% excise tax on its newly legalized recreational weed industry—a portion of which is allotted for infrastructure repairs. After explaining that she gets asked about using marijuana funds to fix the roads so often, she ordered her staff to crunch...
  • Oregon, Awash in Marijuana, Takes Steps to Curb Production

    05/31/2019 11:18:54 AM PDT · by Missouri gal · 50 replies
    AP News ^ | May 31, 2019 | Andrew Selsky
    Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed, that if growing it were to stop today, it would take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now the state is planning to curb production. Five years after Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers have given the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new pot-growing licenses, based on supply and demand.
  • Growing up high: Neurobiological consequences of adolescent cannabis use

    05/27/2019 6:36:09 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 146 replies
    science daily ^ | May 26, 2019 | Canadian Association for Neuroscience
    About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Cannabis use was linked to impairments in working memory and inhibitory control, which is required for self-control. Cannabis use was also linked to deficits in memory recall and perceptual reasoning. Alcohol use was not linked to impairments in these cognitive functions, suggesting cannabis could have more long-term effects than alcohol. Adolescent exposure to THC induces changes in specific a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and in a brain circuit,...

    05/11/2019 11:07:47 AM PDT · by McQ444 · 67 replies
    Check your fact ^ | 10-05-19 | Joseph Lafave
    A meme posted to Facebook claimed that “nearly every state that has legalized [marijuana] has also legislated that you lose your right to own a gun if you are prescribed it, or buy it recreationally.”“Pot legalization is turning out to be a back-door way for the government to get you to voluntarily give up your gun rights,” reads the image.
  • Marijuana and psychosis: Real data, real bad

    04/04/2019 1:01:56 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 187 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 4, 2019 | John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    Both groups were surveyed on a host of factors, including their use of marijuana and other drugs. The study’s authors concluded that “people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis were three times more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis compared with people who never used the drug. For those who used high-potency marijuana daily, the risk jumped to nearly five times."
  • DEA looking for contractor to burn 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour

    04/01/2019 6:54:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 87 replies ^ | Updated at 04:03PM, March 28, 2019 | Staff
    HOUSTON, Texas — The Drug Enforcement Administration in Houston is looking for a contractor to burn 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour through September. The DEA’s posting says the contractor would need to have enough space and resources to burn the marijuana for eight consecutive hours per day. The burns are needed to reduce unneeded evidence from the DEA’s inventory. The incinerator must burn 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour, which would be delivered in “bales” or “bricks,” each weighing up to 200 pounds. DEA agents would accompany the contractor during the burns, and all employees would receive drug tests...
  • Author, former Colorado journalist links marijuana to mental illness

    03/20/2019 8:54:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 147 replies
    The Gazette ^ | Mar 20, 2019 | Joey Bunch
    Alex Berenson .. people who think marijuana is medicine and a safe alternative to alcohol are fooling themselves... The industry’s money and political influence, along with the media’s acquiescence, have obscured the scientific links between marijuana and mental illness... “The problems are real and right in front of people,” he told a crowd at the History Colorado Center in Denver on Wednesday. It was his third Colorado talk in two days to discuss his new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.” “It’s like we all need glasses. ... The connection to psychosis is real.”...
  • In landslide vote, Florida House agrees to end ban on smoking medical marijuana

    03/14/2019 10:54:31 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 85 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | MARCH 13, 2019 | SAMANTHA J. GROSS
    TALLAHASSEE - Without much debate and two days before Gov. Ron DeSantis’ deadline, a bill to repeal a ban on smoking medical marijuana has finally rolled onto the governor’s desk. The Florida House affirmed the right to smoke medical pot Wednesday afternoon, approving the Senate bill to include “smoking” to the language in the medical marijuana constitutional amendment. The bill allows patients to receive up to 2.5 ounces of whole flower cannabis every 35 days as recommended by their qualified doctor. The bill passed 101-11. Seven representatives were not present for the vote. DeSantis in January tasked the Legislature with...
  • Son defends parents caught in college admissions scandal while smoking blunt

    03/13/2019 8:05:55 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 48 replies
    NY POST ^ | 3/13/19 | Dave MCGlynn
    <p>Maybe this is why Gregory and Marcia Abbott allegedly bought their daughter’s way into college.</p> <p>Their “rapper” son, Malcolm, popped out of the family’s Park Avenue building to smoke a giant blunt — while defending his parents and bragging about his latest CD.</p>
  • Student charged with wiretapping after livestreaming meeting at Maryland Rep. Harris' office

    02/15/2019 7:43:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 14, 2019 | Lillian Reed and Jeff Barker
    A Salisbury University student has been charged with illegal wiretapping after prosecutors said he streamed a meeting with a congressional staffer for Maryland Rep. Andy Harris via Facebook Live without permission. Jake Burdett, 20, was charged last week with two felony counts of making an illegal recording and distributing the video filmed during a Maryland Marijuana Justice rally at Harris’s Salisbury office in October, the state prosecutor’s office announced Thursday. Marijuana legalization protesters have long tangled with Harris, who in 2014 worked to block full legalization of the drug in the District of Columbia. A protest outside the Republican’s Capitol...
  • Marijuana and violence: A correlation?(relative article)

    02/13/2019 9:02:02 AM PST · by rktman · 63 replies ^ | 2/13/2019 | Walter Williams
    Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let’s examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to state my values about medical or recreational use of any drug. We each own ourselves. If we choose to take chances with substances that can ruin our health, lead to death and otherwise destroy our own lives, that’s our right. But we do not have a right to harm others in the process of harming...