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Teens who vape or use hookah are more likely to use marijuana later, study finds

8/6/18--Teens who used e-cigarettes and hookah were up to four times more likely to use marijuana later, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers found that the students who had tried e-cigarettes when they were freshmen had a more than three-fold greater likelihood of ever using marijuana and using marijuana in the past 30 days than students who hadn't tried e-cigs. Read

Colorado survey suggests legal marijuana is attracting homeless people

7/3/18--A new study suggests that more than one-third of homeless jail inmates who have come to the state since 2012 have come, at least in part, because of legal marijuana. The survey of 507 mostly homeless inmates housed in seven city and county jails was aiming to shed light on the claim made largely by law enforcement: that legal marijuana is attracting transient homeless people to Colorado. Read

133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds

8/14/17--The number of children who were admitted to emergency rooms for marijuana intoxication increased by 133% in France over an 11-year period, according to a new study. Marijuana intoxication can occur when a child accidentally ingests a marijuana product or inhales marijuana smoke. Symptoms can vary based on the child's age and size but often include sleepiness, difficulty breathing, seizures, or even coma. Effects usually last six to 24 hours. Read

Market for legal pot could pass $20 billion

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-30-35-am11/11/16--Legal recreational pot could expand the national market to $21 billion by 2020, according to New Frontier Data. That is up from $5.7 billion last year and an expected $7.9 billion this year. The four states that legalized recreational weed -- California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine -- stand to reap big benefits in sales and taxes. Read

Does marijuana weaken heart muscles?

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-20-09-am11/14/16--A study suggests that marijuana use can weaken heart muscles, particularly in young men. Recognizing the possible adverse health effects of smoking pot to get high, researchers from St. Luke's University Hospital Network focused on patients with stress cardiomyopathy, a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscle that prevents it from pumping. They examined the link between marijuana use and heart health. Read

Colorado marijuana’s potency getting ‘higher’

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-10-57-33-pm10/21/16--More than two years after Colorado began selling marijuana for recreational use, cannabis consumers have access to pot that is more potent than ever. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different strains among thousands of plants grown legally under in giant warehouses across the state. Read