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Study: College binge drinking down, pot use up in legalized states

1/19/20--A recently published study shows students are turning to marijuana over alcohol in states where weed is legal. Conducted by Oregon State University, the study concludes that states where marijuana was legalized by 2018, including Colorado, had a rise in occasional and frequent pot use by college students, who were 18 percent more likely to have used marijuana in the past thirty days than in states where marijuana is still illegal. Read

Here are the top 20 most and least marijuana-friendly U.S. colleges

8/10/19--Besides ranking colleges overall each year, this year The Princeton Review looked at the top 20 universities where students use marijuana the most and least. To compile the list, released earlier this week, Princeton Review asked 140,000 students at 385 schools a simple question: “How widely is marijuana used at your school?” Read

For higher education, try taking courses in marijuana

8/9/19--At least two U.S. universities have just introduced high-level courses for students interested in a career in the marijuana business. Maryland University’s School of Pharmacy will offer a master’s degree in medical marijuana. Cornell University has introduced a course called “Cannabis: Biology, Society and Industry.” Read

FAMU seeks to educate public about medical marijuana

7/8/19--Peter Harris, who runs Florida A&M University's Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative, is leading the efforts to educate minority communities on how medical marijuana can be useful. According to Harris, “The Department of Health is funding us to look into educating the public on the value of medical marijuana, but at the same time, educating the public on consequences of illicit use.” FAMU has already held more than a dozen forums and a dozen more are scheduled. Read

Marijuana school suspensions more than doubled after legalization

1/11/19--Alaska's legalization of marijuana came with a huge spike in suspensions of Anchorage students for using or carrying pot at school. In the fall school semester of 2015, soon after legalization, the Anchorage School District suspended 69 students for marijuana use or possession. The same semester the next year, the number jumped to 97. In the semester that just ended, 166 students were suspended for marijuana. Read

Canada’s message to teenagers: Marijuana is legal now. Please don’t smoke it.

11/11/18--Held less than a week before Canada was set to legalize marijuana, the public health session had a message for parents: Marijuana would be legal for adults, but it was not safe for young people. And parents needed to instill in their children the idea that pot could be dangerous. Last month, Canada became the second country to make it legal for adults to buy, grow, and consume small amounts of marijuana. But it also made it a crime to give it to anyone younger than 19 or 18, depending on the province, and set a penalty of up to 14 years in prison for doing so. Read

Pot postcards: Feds look to educate ahead of marijuana legalization

10/5/18--The federal government is sending out marijuana information postcards to every household in the country. The marijuana post cards will include information about legal age, penalties for selling to youth, a series of health facts, cautions about drug impaired driving, and warns not to travel internationally with pot. Read

Cannabis PhD takes higher education to a new level

9/8/18--Deron Caplan’s, a casual, infrequent marijuana user, has received Canada’s first PhD in cannabis production from the University of Guelph in late August. Caplan’s interest in cannabis science stemmed from the horticultural courses he took as an afterthought during his time as an undergraduate in environmental sciences at Guelph. “They offered a number of plant courses, and I took some on a whim and fell in love with it,” the North York native says. Read

State’s new marijuana ads strike friendly tone

8/10/18--A new public awareness campaign is adopting a gentler, non-judgmental tone as officials work to educate Massachusetts residents on the state’s cannabis laws and to decrease youth use rates. The campaign, dubbed “More About Marijuana,” was unveiled Thursday by the state Cannabis Control Commission and Department of Public Health, and includes two 30-second animated videos and a website. Read

Jefferson launches the nation’s only university-based cannabis science graduate certificate programs

7/5/18--The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University has created the nation’s first—and only—university-based, graduate-level certificates in cannabis education for healthcare and industry professionals. This fall, The Lambert Center will launch graduate certificates in Cannabis Medicine and Cannabinoid Pharmacology, both the first of their kind. In 2019, the Cannabinoid Chemistry and Toxicology Graduate Certificate will be launched. Read

Alaska’s legalization of marijuana came with a huge spike in suspensions of Anchorage students for using or carrying pot at school

1/11/18--In the fall school semester of 2015, soon after legalization, the Anchorage School District suspended 69 students for marijuana use or possession. The same semester the next year, the number jumped to 97. In the semester that just ended, 166 students were suspended for pot. Read

You could make $70,000 right out of college with a degree in marijuana studies

10/21/17--The University of Northern Michigan is offering a new degree this year: medicinal plant chemistry. According to Brandon Canfield, the associate professor of analytical chemistry who started the program, all of the graduates are going to be qualified to be analysts in a lab setting, and that could lead to a position that pays $70,000 right out of school. Read

Denver’s public libraries are fully embracing cannabis education

10/15/17--In Denver, legalization has normalized marijuana so much that even the area’s local public libraries are doing their part to mainstream the once forbidden crop. According to extensive research conducted by reporters at Westword, Denver’s chain of publicly funded Anythink Libraries chain stocks 108 cannabis-related books, 259 e-books, 56 audio books, 140 albums, and 65 movies. Since legalization, officials at the public libraries have made an effort to make sure their palaces of public learning are up to date with the needs of their community. Read

Legal not safe: recreational cannabis

10/4/17--In less than a year, marijuana will be legally available in New Brunswick and throughout Canada. In advance of legalization, the New Brunswick Medical Society is launching a new public education campaign to highlight the health risks that come with consuming marijuana. New Brunswick’s doctors are concerned that the health risks that come with using marijuana are being forgotten in the rush to find a new source of tax revenue.

Northern Michigan University – The first in U.S. to train undergrads for marijuana industry

9/21/17--Northern Michigan University in Marquette is the first college to offer an undergraduate major in medicinal plant chemistry, starting this fall. According to associate chemistry professor Brandon Canfield, the classes will focus on cannabis chemistry. Students will also be looking at the separation and analysis of the cannabinoids, and the various terpenes present in cannabis and other compounds present in other plants. There are 12 students enrolled in the program’s inaugural semester this fall, but that’s expected to change. Read

Some universities offer classes on marijuana. LSU plans to grow It.

9/21/17--Universities adding cannabis classes include Ohio State University, the University of Washington, the University of Vermont, and the University of California, Davis. Yet, while cannabis classes have taken off in the past two years, Louisiana State University took things in a new direction this month. They have won a bid to work with a private company to grow and sell medical marijuana in the Pelican State. LSU stands to make millions. The deal calls for payment of $3.4 million to the school or 10 percent of the gross revenue over the next five years, whichever turns out to be greater. Read

Medical marijuana rarely addressed in medical education

9/15/17--Although 29 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, few medical students are being trained how to prescribe the drug. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed medical school deans, residents, and fellows, and examined a curriculum database maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), learning that medical marijuana is not being addressed in medical education. Read

Exhibit aims to educate parents, teens of marijuana effects

8/30/17--A new exhibit at the Hanover Mall is teaching parents about the effects of marijuana on the teenage brain. The month-long exhibit, called Weeding Through the Myths, is getting teens and parents ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the Bay State. It's the first exhibit of its kind and was developed in collaboration with the Plymouth and Norfolk County DA’s Offices. Read

Just say no to D.A.R.E — starting a better conversation about youth drug prevention

8/9/17--According to The Hill opinion contributor Andrew Freeman, D.A.R.E., the 1980s anti-drug campaign aimed at helping prevent and combat youth drug use, didn’t work. A number of academic studies have shown how D.A.R.E. was at best ineffectual and, at worst, more likely to convince kids to try drugs. Freeman believes a Youth Marijuana Prevention Council needs to be developed and implemented to effectively learn how best to prevent youth substance addiction. Read

Cannabis education campaign another failed attempt to talk to youth about pot, critics say

8/1/17--The New Brunswick Medical Society launched an educational campaign geared to youth and young adults about the risks associated with the use of recreational marijuana. Unfortunately, two prominent Canadian researchers are calling it “a missed opportunity” to inform young people of the effects of cannabis, as the society’s key messages lack scientific backing. Read

The harmfulness of marijuana use and the public policy approach to address the challenges

7/29/17--Auburn University is offering a course is to help increase the understanding of public policy makers, as well as other contributing members to society, concerning the harmful effects of marijuana use and the implications of those harmful effects for the mental and physical well-being of individuals of all ages in society; the implications of the harmful effects of marijuana use on the capacity of adults and ultimately, the rising generation to function as responsible citizens. Read

Legal not safe: recreational marijuana

7/28/17--In less than a year, marijuana will be legally available in New Brunswick and throughout Canada. In advance of legalization, the New Brunswick Medical Society is launching a new public education campaign to highlight the health risks that come with consuming marijuana. New Brunswick’s doctors are concerned that the health risks that come with using marijuana are being forgotten in the rush to find a new source of tax revenue. Read

UC Irvine considering center to study marijuana

5/6/17--The University of California, Irvine is looking into the creation of an interdisciplinary cannabis research institute. Daniele Piomelli, a neurobiology professor who studies marijuana, is spearheading this initiative, and he says the institute would research the impact of cannabis on everything from medicine and the environment to business and culture. Read

Bridgewaters cracking down on minors with marijuana

3/23/17--The West Bridgewater Police Department is collaborating with Bridgewater and East Bridgewater police departments to launch a marijuana diversion program that will allow minors found in possession of marijuana to forgo the fines by instead attending a 4-hour diversion program that will educate on the effects and dangers of marijuana use. Read

Inside Temple University’s Marijuana in the Media class

3/14/17--Instructed by marijuana legalization advocate Chris Goldstein and Linn Washington, Marijuana in the Media is a course offered through Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. Undergraduate students spend Tuesdays and Thursdays examining news coverage, and the history and science of marijuana. According to Washington, the whole point of creating the class was to expose students to information — including misinformation — surrounding cannabis. Read

Marijuana enforcement varies widely from campus to campus in Alabama

3/8/17--While dozens of University of Alabama students continue to be arrested for drug crimes on the university campus each year, some other Alabama colleges cultivate a more protective environments by going out of their way to keep their students from being arrested for having or using drugs. As school leaders in Alabama make different decisions about how to deal with marijuana use, the policies and attitudes they adopt have a wide range of impacts on students. Read

No toking on campus, Stanford says

11/16/16--Stanford University students won’t be allowed to smoke marijuana on campus despite the passage of Proposition 64 in last week’s election. Pot is still illegal under federal law, and since Stanford receives federal funding for various uses, including research and financial aid, the university must comply with federal law, including all current drug laws, according to a university statement. Read

Public universities won’t need to change policy if marijuana becomes legal

10/21/16--Officials with the California State University Chancellor’s Office said they plan to continue to observe federal law as it applies to marijuana use and possession. CSU spokeswoman Toni Molle said, "CSU does not anticipate a change in policy and will continue to deem marijuana as an illegal drug." Read

Feds fund $35,000 giant joint billboard in Downtown Denver

8/3/16--A $35,100, 28-foot tall billboard resembling a cross between a giant joint and a mangled car in downtown Denver is part of a statewide effort against smoking marijuana and driving. Read