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Colorado Governor Calls Out State Law Legalizing Marijuana

Posted on December 9, 2014 in Research & News

Colorado Governor Calls Out State Law Legalizing MarijuanaIn November 2012, Colorado and Washington broke ranks with tradition, and with the federal government, when voters in each state approved referendums legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Naturally these proposals were controversial when first introduced, but despite the disapproval of the professional political class, the arguments of legalization advocates carried the day. 

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Will Legal Marijuana Produce More Addicts?

Posted on December 5, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Will Legal Marijuana Produce More Addicts?With marijuana now legal as a recreational substance in two states, experts and other interested parties wait to see what will happen. It will take time to find out if legal access will create more users, more accidents, more public health problems and more addicts. Critics of the move to legalize marijuana believe that greater access will churn up all kinds of problems, including a greater incidence of addiction. Proponents say the fears are overblown. The debate continues.

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Editorials Call for End of Marijuana and Heroin Prohibitions

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Research & News

Editorials Call for End of Marijuana and Heroin ProhibitionsTwo recent editorials in the New York Times  and the Boston Globe called on the United States to end its prohibitions on marijuana and heroin, respectively. Both editorials expressed the view that federal bans on these drugs—both currently Schedule I banned substances—have criminalized a large portion of the U.S. population without effectively reducing drug use.

The New York Times editorial, written by the full Times editorial board, compared the 40-year ban on marijuana to the 13-year alcohol Prohibition that lasted from 1920 to 1933. It pointed out that while Prohibition did little to reduce the amount of alcohol that was consumed in the U.S., it did turn many people who had not previously been criminals into criminals. Furthermore, organized crime thrived during Prohibition.

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Research Shows Casual Pot Smoking Does Change the Brain

Posted on October 3, 2014 in Research & News

Research Shows Casual Pot Smoking Does Change the BrainThe rapid change in attitude toward marijuana use in this country has left many feeling uneasy. While marijuana has been approved for medical use in as many as 20 states and for recreational use in two, there is still a bit of uncertainty about what level of use is safe. A study provides evidence that really no amount of marijuana use is without significant implications.

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Connection Suspected Between Marijuana Use and Cardiovascular Symptoms

Posted on September 20, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Connection Suspected Between Marijuana Use and Cardiovascular SymptomsThe growing trend toward legalization and deregulation of marijuana in the U.S. has the science community scrambling to compile research and initiate new studies to determine the impact that marijuana has on health and communities.

The insight gained from research on marijuana’s effects can inform policymakers as they determine the level of regulation necessary to keep marijuana use safe. In addition, healthcare providers need the information to better know how to treat patients who have been using marijuana either for medical or recreational purposes. 

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Risky Business: Policymakers Brace for Pot on Wheels

Posted on September 19, 2014 in Research & News

Risky Business: Policymakers Brace for Pot on WheelsThe increasing legalization and deregulation of marijuana in various states is leading to new business opportunities, and policymakers are struggling to keep up.

But while the rest of the world debates the policy and safety implications of widespread marijuana use, some business developers are capitalizing on the combination of more than one consumer trend. Food trucks have been enjoying new levels of popularity in the past few years, and now one food truck in particular is catching a lot of attention.

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The 7 Perils of Marijuana Maintenance

Posted on July 9, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

The 7 Perils of Marijuana MaintenanceGetting sober is a huge accomplishment for anyone who has regularly used alcohol or other drugs. Living life without chemicals to calm you down or cheer you up can sometimes be overwhelming or stressful, and some people continue to use marijuana as a substitute for alcohol or other mind-altering chemicals. Those who are sober except for the use of marijuana are said to be on the “marijuana maintenance program.”

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Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Reduced Perception of Harm

Posted on June 26, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Reduced Perception of HarmMarijuana is a form of cannabis known for its ability to trigger diagnosable problems with drug abuse and drug addiction in substantial numbers of casual and everyday users. Despite marijuana’s potential for abuse and addiction, more than a third of all U.S. states have decriminalized medical use of the drug as of 2014; in addition, two states (Colorado and Washington) have taken a further step by legalizing the drug for non-medical use in adults. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from three U.S. institutions sought to determine if the perceived risk of harm from marijuana use goes down when the drug is decriminalized. 

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States’ Supply Chains Blamed for Increased Marijuana Potency

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Drug Law News

States’ Supply Chains Blamed for Increased Marijuana PotencyMedical marijuana is the common term for marijuana issued via prescription by a licensed physician. Although federal statutes prohibit the use of marijuana in this (or any other) context, roughly a third of all U.S. states have laws that permit doctors to prescribe the drug. In a study published in March 2014 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from two U.S. institutions sought to determine if state-level laws permitting doctors to prescribe medical marijuana have contributed to a sharp increase in marijuana potency that has occurred over the last 20-plus years.

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Teens Would Up Pot Use If Legal, Survey Finds

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

Teens Would Up Pot Use If Legal, Survey FindsDoctors, researchers and public health officials are well aware that a certain percentage of people who use cannabis (marijuana, hashish and hashish oil) either occasionally or on a regular basis will eventually develop diagnosable symptoms of cannabis-related addiction. In turn, the number of people who develop such an addiction depends largely on the sheer number of people who use cannabis products in their lifetime. In a study published in February 2014 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from New York University sought to determine if recent movements to legalize cannabis intake (typically, marijuana intake) will ultimately result in an increase in the overall number of lifetime cannabis users in the U.S.

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