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Jay-Z launches his very own cannabis line called Monogram

10/24/20--On Friday, Jay-Z launched a cannabis line called Monogram in partnership with California cannabis company Caliva. Although this is his first official line of cannabis with Caliva, Jay-Z joined the company in 2019 as its chief brand strategist. Read

Using weed during pregnancy linked to psychotic-like behaviors in children, study finds

9/24/20--A new study found women who use marijuana while pregnant may increase psychotic-like behaviors in children. The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, analyzed data on 11,489 children who were followed as part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which says it's the "largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States." The children's cognitive and behavior patterns were evaluated in middle childhood, around age 9. Read

Why more states could legalize cannabis in 2021

6/25/20--Actions by states to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana use and possession are fueling momentum for the broader movement to legalize cannabis and have it serve as an economic engine for cash-strapped coffers, industry members and policy experts say. Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, expects a record number of states to legalize marijuana in 2021, in part due to the financial pressures, along with the racial injustice imperative to reduce unnecessary police-civilian interactions. Read

Using weed regularly raises the risk of heart problems for young people, studies find

11/14/19--Younger people with cannabis use disorder are at an increased risk of heart rhythm problems, according to a new presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. A second presentation says that young people who use weed frequently are at a higher risk for stroke. Read

Hawaii decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

7/9/19--Hawaii decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday, becoming the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug. Under the new law set to go into effect on January 11, 2020, possession of up to three grams of marijuana will no longer be punishable by jail time, though it can still warrant a $130 fine. Read

MedMen expands its cannabis retail empire to Florida

6/14/19--MedMen Enterprises, one of the larger cannabis dispensary operations in the US, is zeroing in on Florida as it continues its US expansion. MedMen, which is based in Los Angeles and operates 35 medical and recreational cannabis stores in the US, opened a 7,550-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday. Read

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

11/11/16--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?

11/14/16--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’

10/21/16--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