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The pot breathalyzer is here. Maybe

8/4/18--As legalization of recreational and medical marijuana continues to expand, police across the country are more concerned than ever about stoned drivers taking to the nation's roads and freeways, endangering lives. Now one California company claims it has made a major breakthrough in creating what some thought of as a unicorn: a marijuana breathalyzer. The device also doubles as an alcohol breathalyzer, giving police an easy-to-use roadside for both intoxicants. Read

Rare and mysterious vomiting illness linked to heavy marijuana use

11/30/17--Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition only recently acknowledged by the medical community, affects a small population — namely, a subset of marijuana users who smoke multiple times a day for months, years or even decades. Doctors say it's difficult to treat the condition. There is no cure other than to quit using marijuana. Furthermore, doctors can do little to relieve the symptoms, since traditional anti-nausea medications often don't work and there are no pills to prevent the onset of an episode. Read

Some marijuana-derived treatments aim to soothe skittish pets

7/4/17--CBD has drawn a lot of attention in recent years from neurologists and other researchers intrigued by hints that the chemical might prove helpful to people, and now there is a growing interest in CBD's therapeutic potential for pets. Still, cannabis therapies for pets fall into a legal gray zone. None of the cannabis-derived products for pets are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Read

Legal marijuana advocates are uneasy with Sessions’ stance

4/6/17--Supporters of marijuana legalization are worried because new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been making tough comments about the drug, and there's a lot of uncertainty about how the Trump administration will enforce federal law. Marijuana legalization advocates say if the Trump Justice Department makes big changes, it will be in for a fight. Read

Trump’s choice for top law enforcer has cannabis proponents fearing future

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-7-30-26-am11/20/16--When Donald Trump offered Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general, the pick drew criticism from civil rights groups and immigrant advocates. In the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, it is also raising fears. Sessions is no fan of marijuana or its legalization, based on his previous comments, and as attorney general he would oversee federal prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Read

As more states legalize marijuana, investors and marketers line up

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-10-35-26-pm11/20/16--According to Brendan Kennedy, CEO of the marijuana-focused private equity firm Privateer Holdings, there's been a surge of interest from investors since the passage of the eight ballot measures. The marijuana market has some unique characteristics that make it attractive to investors, but the big draw is the fledgling legal market for marijuana being around $7 billion, according to New Frontier and ArcView Market Research. Read

As more states consider legalizing, questions about pot and the brain

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-23-44-am9/13/16--Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal for recreational use, and questions are emerging about what is known and unknown about marijuana's effect on the brain. Read

Marijuana pays for schools in Colorado — kind of — but how will it help Maine?

fb-square-english-spanish9/10/16--Many voters are unsure about how money generated from legalizing marijuana will be spent. Tax analysts say the potential for more revenue from pot shouldn't be the sole reason to support marijuana legalization because it may not be enough to solve big budgetary problems that states face. Read

Pot and pregnancy: no harm seen at birth, but many questions remain

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-7-22-59-am9/8/16--A review and analysis of 31 previously published studies has found no independent connection between a mother's pot use and adverse birth events. But the doctors say that doesn't mean it's OK to partake. Read

Marijuana’s mainstream move triggers different kinds of family talks

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-11-38-33-pm9/5/16--Debbie Moak, who formally ran a nonprofit called Not My Kid and opposed the approval of medical marijuana, says addiction tears a family apart. "It becomes a disease of the family, and I've lived it, in the trenches," Moak comments. "I don't want to see this happen for any other family." Read