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Leading psychosis expert to his students: To avoid risk, hold off on pot til 30

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-10-57-49-pm10/21/16--Dr. Dost Öngür, chief of the Psychotic Disorders Division at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, presented a sweeping slide-talk on complex current issues in treating psychosis and informed his medical students not to smoke pot until they're 30. His warning stems specifically from a body of research that has been accumulating since the 1980s, suggesting that heavy marijuana use early on -- mainly in the teen years is linked to a higher risk of psychosis. Read

Legalized marijuana boosts high school dropout rates

fb-square-english-spanish10/20/16--A study examining the impact of laws that legalize marijuana on educational attainment shows that states with these laws had an increase in the high-school dropout rate among 12th graders. In addition, among those who did graduate from high school, fewer went on to attend college or to graduate from college. Read

New study examines medical marijuana’s effects on drivers

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-31-56-pm10/19/16--The University of California at San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is in the early stages of conducting a two-year driving study that could help determine marijuana’s effects on driving with an emphasis on the key to understanding impaired driving. Read

What do we know about marijuana’s medical benefits?

fb-square-english-spanish10/18/16--Steven Kinsey of West Virginia University and Divya Ramesh of University of Connecticut have no political position on cannabis legalization; however, they do study the cannabis plant and its related chemical compounds. According to both experts, there's not enough information about cannabis or its elements to judge how effective it is as a medicine, but say well-designed studies are the most effective way to understand what medical benefits cannabis may have. While research on cannabis or cannabinoids is difficult, it's necessary to get the facts in order. Read

Does weed help you sleep? Probably not

fb-square-english-spanish10/17/16--Marijuana users may believe that frequent use helps them sleep, but that perception has been challenged by a new study published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases. It found that daily marijuana users actually scored higher on the Insomnia Severity Index and on sleep-disturbance measures than those who did not use it daily. Read

Mormon leaders oppose marijuana, assisted-suicide measures

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-7-57-41-pm10/15/16--Mormon leaders are urging members to vote against ballot measures that would legalize marijuana in Arizona, California and Nevada and a Colorado proposal to make assisted suicide legal. Their opposition to assisted suicide is rooted in the faith's belief in the sanctity of life. Read

Cannabis strain names have the most fascinating origin stories!

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-00-09-am10/13/16--Strain names range from whimsical to seriously profound. Some of the most famous strains got their names from the history of their evolution. Some are derived from the intent of their breeders. Others are the products of urban mythology. This article dives into the names of 10 of the most well-known strains. Read

The marijuana boom is contributing to the climate crisis

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-10-44-15-pm10/5/16--A new report finds that marijuana cultivation accounts for as much as 1 percent of energy use in states such as Colorado and Washington. The electricity needed to illuminate, dehumidify, and air-condition large growing operations may soon rival the expenditures from big data centers. The marijuana industry’s energy use “is immense,” said the report’s author, Kelly Crandall, an analyst for EQ Research. Read

Paul LePage warns Maine against ‘deadly’ marijuana legalization in video

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-10-05-51-pm10/14/16--Maine Gov. Paul LePage released a false and misleading video in an attempt to convince residents to vote “no” on “Question 1, ” a marijuana legalization referendum on the state’s ballot in November. In the video, LePage also asserts that marijuana is three times stronger than it was several decades ago. He then links the drug to the state’s serious heroin and opioid epidemic, alleging that “people addicted to marijuana are three times more likely to be addicted to heroin.” Read

Nine states will vote on legalizing recreational and medical marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-9-17-31-pm10/14/16--Nine states have marijuana measures on the ballot this November. In five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — voters will decide on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. In four others — Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota — voters will weigh in on medical marijuana, which is already legal in nearly half the country. Read

Heavy marijuana use may raise risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-9-29-45-am10/13/16--A new study, published in the American Journal of Medicine,  finds that regular, heavy marijuana use may reduce bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Compared with non-users, the researchers found heavy marijuana users had a 5 percent lower bone density, which the team says may raise the risk of bone-related health problems. Read

Support for marijuana legalization continues to rise

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-11-54-05-am10/12/16--The share of Americans who favor legalizing the use of marijuana continues to increase. Today, 57% of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal. A decade ago, opinion on legalizing marijuana was nearly the reverse – just 32% favored legalization, while 60% were opposed. Read

Ziggy Marley makes sure there’s a message in his music

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-11-34-27-am10/12/16--Reggae musician Ziggy Marley strives to always have multiple messages and ideas in his songs. He comments, “I feel like music has to put across a message, and that the world needs a voice like this voice. I don’t think there’s enough voices out there that are putting forth music and ideas that are uplifting—and at this point of my life and career, at this moment, that’s very significant." Read

Cannabis excess linked to bone disease, fractures

fb-square-english-spanish10/12/16--People who regularly smoke large amounts of cannabis have reduced bone density and are more prone to fractures, research has found. The study also found that heavy cannabis users have a lower body weight and a reduced body mass index (BMI), which could contribute to thinning of their bones. Read

Is marijuana causing global warming?

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-16-22-am10/6/16--The impact on the climate is one factor in the debate about whether or not marijuana should be grown and used for medical reasons. According to a new report by a clean energy policy research institute, 'Marijuana cultivation may be viewed as a burden that will lead to higher costs and larger environmental footprints.' Read

White House weed

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-08-10-am10/6/16--A long-circulating image seen often on social media claims that President John F. Kennedy (JFK) habitually smoked cannabis in the White House during his presidency to alleviate back pain and the symptoms of Addison's Disease. However, although medical records of JFK's hidden health struggles included use of unconventional drugs, marijuana was not listed among them. Read

Impulsivity, sensation seeking increase risk of alcohol and drug use

fb-square-english-spanish10/6/16--Based on the findings of a recent study, the combination of greater impulsivity with adolescent sensation seeking in youths with a family history of substance use disorders may be an important underlying component of the risk associated with a family history of a substance use disorder. In these individuals, early substance use, which further increases impulsivity, is an additional contributor to the risk of developing a substance-use disorder. Read

Pets on pot: The newest customer base for medical marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-9-55-22-am10/8/16--Allegedly rational people are turning to medical marijuana to treat a host of maladies their pets suffer, according to the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times. None of the marijuana products made by entrepreneurs for pets has been approved by regulators. Veterinarians warn against their use due to a lack of research showing they are safe for pets. Read

Five more states could legalize recreational marijuana on election day

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-26-27-pm10/10/16--There are nine state ballot measures regarding the legalization of marijuana that will be voted on this November. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are all looking to legalize recreational marijuana, while Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota are proposing medical marijuana legislation. Read

What’s in a cannabis company name? Not as much slang

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-15-48-pm10/10/16--The marijuana industry has been in a perpetual struggle to shake the “stoner” stereotype, and the businesses that comprise the industry are leading the charge against it. An analysis of 3, 318 state-licensed cannabis companies in the Marijuana Business License Directory shows that wellness-oriented words such as “organic” or “herbal” appear far more frequently in business names than slang terms such as “ganja,” “420” and “pot.” Read

More focus needed on effects of cannabis on human development

fb-square-english-spanish10/3/16--Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say there has not been enough research conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos. Their study suggests an urgent need for human epidemiological and basic research that examines the link between maternal cannabinoid use and the health of newborns. Read

Marijuana grow ops could soon rival data center energy use

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-9-14-12-pm10/3/16--The amount of total energy used by pot growers is growing. Colorado estimated grow facilities used about 0.5 percent of the state’s electricity in 2014, and the state’s utilities say that figure is growing by about 50 percent per year. Read

The latest marijuana craze has users chasing bigger highs through ‘dabbing’

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-8-48-35-pm10/2/16--Dabbing is the latest marijuana-consumption craze, and it has users chasing bigger highs through a process called "flash vaporization." Marijuana dabbing poses some major health and safety risks, according to both anecdotal evidence and experts, and is illegal in some states. Read

U.S. pro-marijuana campaigners launch TV ads

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-1-22-23-pm10/3/16--Campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana use in Massachusetts and Maine launched their first television ads on Monday, hoping to boost public awareness and support ahead of November votes on the issue. The ads began just over a month before Election Day, when voters in five U.S. states will determine whether to legalize the recreational use of the drug. Read

Meet the senators and congressmen who support marijuana legalization

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-42-05-am9/29/16--The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) released its 2016 congressional scorecard on marijuana policy. Twenty U.S. representatives and two senators received an 'A' grade, indicating that this member has publicly declared his/her support for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults. Read

Retail marijuana could hurt medical marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-8-12-41-pm9/28/16--A new report from GreenWave Advisors believes that legalized retail marijuana will disrupt the emerging medical sector. GreenWave wrote, “Though Arizona permits only medicinal use, new cardholder applications were down sharply in May, perhaps in anticipation of a favorable election outcome for recreational use.” Read

9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-8-07-33-pm9/28/16--Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will consider legalizing the recreational use of pot. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. Read

If legalizing pot, consider health, not profits, analysis says

fb-square-english-spanish9/28/16--A new analysis of marijuana legislation offers a framework for states that are considering legalizing the drug and want to protect public health, rather than corporate profits. Read

Heavy marijuana use may damage the brain

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-7-33-24-pm9/26/16--Heavy marijuana use over a long period of time may severely damage the brain, according to a new review of previous research. The results of the new report and previous findings on marijuana's effects on the brain are particularly concerning as marijuana continues to be legalized for medical uses, the researchers said. Read

National fire safety group focuses on unique issues of marijuana businesses

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-20-17-am9/26/16--The National Fire Protection Association, a member-based nonprofit that develops codes and standards for fire safety, is steps closer to adding a chapter on marijuana grows and processing facilities to its NFPA 1, Fire Code. Read

These 3 states may vote against legalizing marijuana this November

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-15-30-am9/24/16--Based on select poll results, three states could wind up rejecting their respective marijuana initiative or amendment: Arizona, North Dakota, and Massachusetts. According to Motley Fool writer Sean Williams, while these three states could be a complete toss-up, the one given is that it's still far too early for investors to consider marijuana as a viable, long-term investment opportunity. Read

Cannabis attracting mainstream research analysts

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-10-20-55-am9/22/16--Cowen and Company joins the ranks of the few mainstream research firms to officially begin covering the cannabis industry. A comprehensive 100 plus page report with contributions from ten different analysts was issued by Cowen Washington Research Group on September 12. Read

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump on marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish9/21/16--As voters have shifted opinions on marijuana in recent years, so have government officials, as well as the leading presidential candidates. Clinton appears to have a more specific stance on marijuana than Trump and doesn't view it with much stigmatization. Whereas, Trump has offered a more cautious opinion on marijuana. Read

Study questions role for marijuana in teen users’ IQ decline

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-10-44-55-pm8/1/16--In a recent study sponsored by NIDA and the National Institute of Mental Health, teens who used marijuana lost IQ points relative to their nonusing peers. However, the drug appeared not to be the culprit. The new findings contribute to an ongoing scientific exploration of the drug’s impact on users’ cognition. Read

Review: SneakGuard keeps cannabis away from kids

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-9-55-47-pm9/20/16--SneakGuard is a new product designed for keeping cannabis products (or pharmaceuticals) locked away and secure from children. Cannabis reviewer Ry Prichard is satisfied that the SneakGuard is in fact childproof, but may be more useful for cannabis users than a safe can ever be. Read

Can marijuana really reduce pot bellies and obesity?

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-55-23-pm9/19/16--According to a recent study, marijuana users may be more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) or less likely to be obese or overweight than non-users. University of Miami researchers determined that women who use marijuana daily had on average BMIs approximately 3.1% lower than that of non-users. Read

Former NFL player Eben Britton says he played his best games while stoned

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-13-47-pm9/19/16--Eben Britton, who spent six seasons in the NFL, claims that he often played his best games after smoking marijuana. Britton said he estimates “over 50 percent and it could be as high as 75 percent” of NFL players smoke weed.Read

Tommy Chong wants White House pardon for selling bongs

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-47-15-am9/19/16--Tommy Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame,  spent nine months in federal prison in the early 2000s for selling bongs over the internet. Last month, he started a White House petition encouraging the president to pardon him. To date, it’s received over 13,000 signatures, and needs more than 80,000 more by Sept. 25 to ensure a White House response. Read

Merle Haggard joins the marijuana business from beyond the grave

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-7-57-40-am9/15/16--Prior to country legend Merle Haggard's death, he joined forces with the Colorado Weed Co. to develop connoisseur-grade marijuana strains. Now, after his death, his daughter Jenessa Haggard-Bennett and her husband, Brian Bennett, are working with the Colorado Weed Co. to dedicate a number of strains to her father. Read

Medical marijuana may be helping curb opioid use

fb-square-english-spanish9/15/16--A study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that there were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect. The study is one of the first to assess the link between state medical marijuana laws and opioid use at the individual level. Read

DOD Secretary tells tech experts: ‘we can be flexible’ on marijuana use

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-8-46-55-pm9/14/16--Defense Secretary Ash Carter strives to build bridges between the military and technology experts, and believes that with changing times, laws, and attitudes about marijuana, the DOD can also be flexible with marijuana as it relates to past drug use. Read

Cues to determine shelf life of that newly legal marijuana

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-49-33-am9/15/16--Patrick Bennett, who writes for Leafly, is helping those worried about aging pot. He is out with “Identifying Old or Bad Cannabis Past its Shelf Life, ” which contains tips on how to tell if marijuana is past its prime. 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

Get ready for the age of marijuana tourism

fb-square-english-spanish9/13/16--One of the most well-known travel writers in the world, Arthur Frommer, predicted recently that cannabis tourism is going to become big business after the November election, when up to five more states could legalize recreational use. Read

Medical marijuana is a big lie

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-2-26-31-am9/13/16--According to HealthZette writer Jonathan Talcott, medical marijuana is a big lie, and the legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use is a public health catastrophe across America. Read

Court ruling on guns & MMJ could lead to millions in lost dispensary sales

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-11-34-35-am9/12/16--Arizona has the potential to lose more MMJ sales than any other state as a result of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a Nevada woman’s Second Amendment rights were not violated by a federal law prohibiting gun sales to an “unlawful user of and/or an addict to marijuana.” Read

America’s college students are getting stoned out of their gourds

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-11-28-49-am9/11/16--Over a third of America’s college students admit to getting stoned out of their gourds at least once in 2015, according to a recently released national study. Also, approximately two-thirds of U.S. college students say they see no problem with using marijuana occasionally. Read

Why legalizing marijuana could solve some of America’s problems

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-15-06-am9/8/16--According to an Alternet article, both the Republican and Democrat parties have recognized the value of cannabis, at least medically. However, there is bigger picture. Legalizing cannabis could be the solution to America’s social, economic and even some foreign problems. Read

Pot use rises on college campuses, while other drug use declines

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-01-32-am9/8/16--More college students are getting high on pot, and those who do smoke are getting stoned more frequently, according to the national Monitoring the Future study. 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

Using pot while pregnant not tied to birth risks

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-31-18-am9/8/16--Smoking marijuana during pregnancy doesn't appear to increase the risk of preterm birth or other harmful birth outcomes, a new review study suggests. Read

California cannabis: show me the money

fb-square-english-spanish8/29/16--With passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), there is a steady onslaught of investors looking to get into California’s MMJ industry in some way, shape, or form. And with the vote on Proposition 64 coming up in November, excitement about California is palpable. Read

NORML’s legislative round up

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-9-05-17-am9/2/16--This week’s round up features the status of a number of state and local ballot measures, and highlights new legislation signed into law this week in Delaware. Plus, details on the latest Governor to endorse marijuana decriminalization. Read

Parents are turning to marijuana more than teens, study suggests

fb-square-english-spanish9/6/16--A 12-year report from the Centers For Disease Control released Friday shows a surprising trend: older people ? and not teens ? are turning to pot at a more rapid rate. 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

Ninth Circuit rules marijuana card holders may not own firearms

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-11-17-04-pm9/5/16--A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that holding a marijuana card precludes its owner from keeping and bearing arms. In the process, the panel threw out the First, Second, and Fifth Amendment rights. Read

On marijuana users’ right to bear arms: Where’s NRA?

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-21-07-pm9/2/16--While the NRA staunchly opposes gun sale restrictions on would-be pistol packers on the government’s “no-fly” list, the NRA is OK with banning state-legal medical cannabis patients from purchasing firearms without due process. Read

The language of addiction and life-saving treatments

the language used by the media is often problematic in addition to the pessimistic portrait painted about addiction. Read

National estimates of marijuana use and related indicators

for the first time, an overview of national estimates for marijuana use and other related indicators among the U.S. noninstitutionalized civilian population aged ?12 years using 2002–2014 NSDUH data. The report includes at least seven important findings. Read

Many think marijuana causes little to no harm

substantially more people feel that using marijuana causes little to no harm. This study looked back at 12 years of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, from 2002 to 2014, and found that more Americans reported they were using the drug and far fewer saw it as harmful. Read