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Emergency department visits related to opioid overdose significantly during COVID-19 pandemic

7/28/21--Emergency department visit rates because of an opioid overdose increased by 28.5% across the U.S. in 2020, compared to 2018 and 2019, recent Mayo Clinic research finds. Emergency visits overall decreased by 14% last year, while visits because of an opioid overdose increased by 10.5%. The result: Opioid overdoses were responsible for 0.32 out of 100 visits, or 1 in every 313 visits, which is up from 0.25, or 1 in every 400 visits, the previous two years. Read

Children exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke may experience viral respiratory infections

7/28/21--Children whose parents regularly smoke or vape marijuana may experience viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, more frequently than those whose parents do not smoke, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Research. Read

The tobacco industry and the environment

7/29/21--STOP. | A global tobacco industry watchdog reports that tobacco is a major ecosystem disruptor. By continuing to produce and profit from tobacco and by perpetuating the long-lasting harms to the environment, the tobacco industry undermines efforts toward ecosystem restoration. Read

An umbrella review of the evidence associating diet and cancer risk at 11 anatomical sites

7/28/21--An umbrella review of meta-analyses of observational studies was conducted to evaluate the strength and validity of the evidence for the association between food/nutrient intake and risk of developing or dying from 11 primary cancers. It is estimated that only few single food/nutrient and cancer associations are supported by strong or highly suggestive meta-analytic evidence, and future similar research is unlikely to change this evidence. Alcohol consumption is positively associated with risk of postmenopausal breast, colorectal, esophageal, head & neck and liver cancer. Read

A longitudinal analysis of e-cigarette use and cigar, little cigar or cigarillo initiation among youth and youth adults: 2017-2019

7/28/21--This study was designed to examine whether youth and young adult e-cigarette use is associated with initiation of cigars, little cigars, or cigarillos (CLCCs) and current use of flavored CLCCs. Study results raises new concerns about the effects of e-cigarette use on subsequent combustible tobacco use; therefore, restrictions on CLCCs should be considered in conjunction with current policies designed to reduce the youth vaping epidemic. Read

Adolescent drug use before and during U.S. national COVID-19 social distancing policies

7/27/21--This study was designed and conducted to examine how adolescent substance use and perceived availability of substances have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from longitudinal data indicate that perceived availability of marijuana, alcohol, and vaping devices declined at historic rates during the pandemic of 2020. Lack of accompanying reductions in prevalence for marijuana and binge drinking demonstrates the substantial challenges facing a supply-side approach to the reduction of adolescent use of these substances. Read

Poison control centers nationally report rise in calls amid Delta-8 craze

7/26/21--Poison control centers across the country are reporting a rise in calls from those who have ingested the cannabinoid, delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). At least four states have issued public warnings regarding the cannabinoid, according to local news reports: Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. So far this year, as of July, the North Carolina Poison Control Center reported 157 cases related to delta-8, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Virginia is reporting "dozens" of calls this year. Read

Goal-setting and positive parent-child relationships reduce risk of youth vaping

7/26/21--Adolescents who set goals for their future and those with strong parental support are less likely to use e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a study by UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine physician-scientists. The research, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that strategies to prevent youth vaping may be different from what works to dissuade youth from smoking cigarettes. Read

Vaping on TikTok: a systematic thematic analysis

7/23/21--The rising popularity of TikTok among adolescents may influence their awareness and perceptions of e-cigarette use via user-generated content. This study aimed to examine how e-cigarette/vaping-related videos are portrayed on TikTok. Findings from this study illustrated that positively framed e-cigarette and vaping-related postings available without age restrictions on TikTok—a rising video-sharing platform that is popular among adolescents—have been viewed many times. Effective age restrictions are needed to reduce adolescents’ potential exposure to videos that portray vaping positively. Read

Does TikTok push vaping?

7/26/21--To identify vaping-related videos out of the billions posted on TikTok, doctoral student Tianze Sun of the University of Queensland in Saint Lucia, Australia and colleagues searched for hashtags such as #vaping and #vapetricks, as well as one associated with the Juul brand of e-cigarette. They then selected 1,000 with the most page views, eventually discarding 192 that proved to be duplicates or were discovered not to involve vaping despite the hashtags. The most disturbing result from the study is that 20% showed users performing tricks with vaping devices and were also the most viewed by far at 460 million. Read

FDA must act quickly on menthol ban to save Black lives, advocates argue

7/23/21--Tobacco control advocates argued that the FDA must act swiftly to ban all menthol products and address the "pernicious targeting" of Black smokers, during an online briefing hosted by the Alliance for Health Policy and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read

Development over time of the population-attribution risk fraction for cannabis use disorder in schizophrenia in Denmark

7/21/21--In this Danish nationwide, register-based cohort study, the population-attributable risk fraction for cannabis use disorder in schizophrenia increased from approximately 2% in the period to 1995 to approximately 6% to 8% since 2010. Meaning These findings may indicate that cannabis use disorders are associated with an increase in the proportion of cases of schizophrenia. Read

Amazon lobbies US government on cannabis, report says

7/21/21--Amazon lobbied the U.S. government on cannabis policy during the second quarter of this year, Business Insider reported. The report did not detail exactly which aspects of cannabis policy were the focus of Amazon’s recent lobbying activity. However, Seattle-headquartered Amazon announced in June that it would actively support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act). At the same time, Amazon announced it would stop screening employees in many positions for cannabis usage. Read

Tryp Therapeutics announce plans for Phase 2a clinical trial for fibromyalgia with the University of Michigan

7/21/21--Tryp Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company focused on developing psilocybin-based compounds for diseases with unmet medical needs through accelerated regulatory pathways, announced today its plans to conduct a Phase 2a clinical trial with the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. The open-label Phase 2a clinical trial will evaluate the efficacy of TRYP-8802, an oral formulation of synthetic psilocybin, in tandem with psychotherapy for treating fibromyalgia. The study is expected to be the world's first Phase 2a clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of psilocybin and psychotherapy to treat fibromyalgia. Read

Amazon, investment banks, and even big tobacco are spending millions of dollars to try to get favorable marijuana laws

7/21/21--A record number of special interests that for the first time included tech giant Amazon lobbied on cannabis from April to June this year as legalization talks heated up on Capitol Hill, an Insider analysis of new lobbying disclosures found. Wall Street analysts say the legal cannabis market could be worth over $100 billion in the US alone by the end of the decade, and corporations from the medical, consumer, and financial services sectors are all competing for a slice — and the ability to shape how the industry is regulated from the start. Read

Weeding out the truth: a systematic review and meta-analysis on the transition from cannabis use to opioid use disorders, abuse or dependence

7/21/21--A systematic review and meta-analysis found that while people who use cannabis are disproportionately more likely to initiate opioid use and engage in problematic patterns of use than people who do not use cannabis, the low quality of the evidence must be considered when interpreting these findings. Read

Towards a more rational and compassionate drug policy

7/21/21--Just as Michael Pollan advises in his New York Times editorial on the drug, Dr. Bronner also openly expresses and reiterates in his article that instead of waging war on the people who use drugs, we should decriminalize personal possession, increase addiction treatment including psychedelic therapy, and crucially also, integrate a safe supply of drugs. Dr. Bronner further states that we need to wage war on poverty and heal trauma instead, the true breeding grounds for addiction in this country. Read

Federal officer charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

7/20/21--Mark Sami Ibrahim, a federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, is the first federal law enforcement officer charged in connection to the insurrection. He was arrested Tuesday for illegally entering Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, according to court filings. Read

Op-Ed: Who is responsible for the opioid crisis, and who ultimately pays?

7/18/21--In an op-ed by Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” Quinones believes the healthcare system incentivizes profitable pills and pill-taking over wellness. According to the doctors he spoke to, American healthcare consumers pushed back when doctors suggested there wasn't a need for narcotics to treat ailments. Quinones suggests we didn’t want to hear it, so American healthcare consumers were also part of the Opioid Era along with Purdue Pharma. Read

Alcohol-related deaths are soaring – British drinking is out of control

7/18/21--One of the main findings from a new Public Health England analysis is that there has been a staggering 20 percent rise in alcohol-specific deaths, mainly due to alcoholic liver disease. Interestingly, 58.6 percent of people have increased their intake during the pandemic. This group reveals they are drinking more than 50 units of alcohol a week – the current cut off point used to identify a higher risk of harm. Fifty units is equivalent to 25 double gins or 25 cans of beer. Read

2021 Study: How legalizing recreational marijuana impacts home values

7/12/21--As legalization brings marijuana into the mainstream, it’s sparked questions for real estate professionals and individual citizens alike. Will legalization impact property values, for better or worse? Will communities begin to reap benefits of marijuana legalization — or suffer the consequences? According to data from Zillow and the U.S. Census, among other sources, overall marijuana legalization leads to higher property values and millions of dollars in new tax revenue. Read

States and cities near tentative $26 billion deal in opioid cases

7/20/21--The three largest pharmaceutical distributors and Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion deal with states and municipalities that would settle thousands of lawsuits over their role in the opioid epidemic and pay for addiction and prevention services nationwide. Read

Protecting women and girls from tobacco and alcohol promotion

7/19/21--According to Emma Feeny and colleagues, gender transformative measures could curb the industries’ expansion into low and middle income countries, contain the burden of chronic disease, and promote gender equity. Without urgent action, the number of women and girls consuming tobacco and alcohol is likely to rise substantially in the coming years as a result of the combination of changing gender norms, aggressive industry marketing, and continuing population growth in low and middle income countries. Read

Former Liverpool radio boss launches new alcohol-free community

7/19/21--Over The Influence is a brand new online community for people who are living an alcohol-free lifestyle or who want to re-examine or readjust their relationship with alcohol. Members pay a monthly fee to be a part of the community which will enable them to connect with other members (both online and in the real world), access exclusive resources and attend exclusive events with notable guest speakers. Read

Words matter: language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say

7/18/21--Leaders from the National Institutes of Health address how using appropriate language to describe mental illness and addiction can help to reduce stigma and improve how people with these conditions are treated in health care settings and throughout society. Read

Juul bought out medical journal for 51K

7/13/21--Juul Labs is facing scrutiny for funding and working on studies of their products, and paying a journal to publish them. Juul teamed up with healthcare consultants Pinney Associates and the Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR), chiefly, to examine its tobacco vaping device, as FDA weighs whether to grant the company a Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) as a safer alternative to cigarettes. Read

Compliance with Cannabis Act regulations regarding online promotion among Canadian commercial cannabis-licensed firms

7/12/21--In this cross-sectional study of 261 Canadian cannabis-licensed firms, widespread violations were observed in online Canadian cannabis promotion. Among the 261 licensed firms, 86.3% with an online platform had at least 1 violation, which was significantly more likely to occur on social media compared with a website. A lack of age restrictions for youth, unsubstantiated claims, omission of risk information, and glamorization of cannabis products were found. Read

Can the latest Olympic controversy change cannabis policy?

7/13/21--In an op-ed penned by Jordan Tishler, MD, cannabis specialist and President of the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists, he expresses his unique perspective on the science and the politics of cannabis and believes that this Olympic controversy pertaining to Sha'Carri Richardson's suspension is entirely a political problem. Tishler also firmly believes it is unfortunate that Richardson has become the victim of decades of racist policy and states it's time for these policies to be changed. Read

Raise a glass? Study tallies cancer cases

7/13/21--More than 700,000 new cases of cancer worldwide in 2020 were attributable to alcohol consumption, according to a population-based modeling study.As pointed out by the authors, alcohol is causally linked to multiple cancers, including cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, rectum, liver, and breast – cancers that accounted for 6.3 million cancer cases, and 3.3 million deaths globally in 2020. Read

Addiction treatment in the postpartum period: an opportunity for evidence-based personalized medicine

7/8/21--In this article, the existing evidence as well as highlight opportunities for both clinicians and researchers to advance the integration of tailored approaches for postpartum women into personalized SUD medical and behavioral treatments are reviewed. Read

How should we do drugs now?

7/8/21--Michael Pollan, who teaches writing at Harvard and at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author, most recently, of “This Is Your Mind on Plants,” pens an editorial published in The New York Times covering how much harder it is to envision what the drug peace will look like. Pollan poses the question: How will we fold these powerful substances into our society and our lives so as to minimize their risks and use them most constructively? He makes the point that conversation begins with the recognition that humans like to change consciousness and that cultures have been using psychoactive plants and fungi to do so for as long as there have been cultures. Read

High potency weed linked to psychotic episodes, mysterious vomiting illness in young users

7/11/21--Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012. Several years later, doctors in Colorado and other states are expressing alarm over the increasing potency of cannabis and the health risks it may pose for young users — from psychiatric issues, including violent psychotic episodes, to the mysterious condition officially called "cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome" but now known to health care workers as "scromiting," a mashup of "screaming" and "vomiting" — has popped up with increasing frequency at hospitals in Colorado, doctors say. Read

Ethan Nadelmann reexamines adult drug use in the new podcast ‘Psychoactive’

7/12/21--Psychoactive, a new podcast on drugs hosted by Ethan Nadelmann, who founded, and for decades ran, the Drug Policy Alliance, an anti-Drug War nonprofit, before stepping down in 2017, is back with an ambitious project to lead a deep and challenging national conversation about drugs and the human experience. Read

Drug use, alcohol blamed for excess deaths of Canadians under 65 in the last year

7/12/21--Drug use and alcohol, and not COVID-19, are largely to blame for an excess of deaths in Canadians younger than 65 from March last year to April 2021, new research suggests. The deaths pushed up the mortality rate in that category to a peak higher than what occurred in Canada during the opioid crisis in 2017, according to the research by Statistics Canada. Read

Coalition pushes for federal marijuana legalization as chagrin with Biden grows

7/9/21--A bipartisan coalition of business and advocacy groups, including the powerful billionaire Koch family, issued a white paper this week with recommendations for federally legalizing marijuana like alcohol or tobacco. The 14-page white paper by the recently formed Cannabis Freedom Alliance came at the same time legalization advocates expressed increasing frustration with President Joe Biden’s stance on marijuana as exemplified by his response to sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s exclusion from the U.S. Olympic team for using the drug. Read

Effects of menthol use and transitions in use on short-term and long-term cessation from cigarettes among US smokers

7/10/21--This study was designed to estimate the effect of menthol use and transitions in use (switching to or from menthol) on short-term and long-term cessation from cigarette smoking and whether this differed across demographic groups (age, sex, race). Results demonstrate that menthol impaired menthol smokers’ attempts to quit smoking but switching from menthol improved success. This suggests that removing menthol may improve menthol smokers’ success during quit attempts. Read

Young adults’ alcohol use and cannabis use rise and fall together rather than substituting for each other

7/1/21--According to a new study, young adults’ use of cannabis and alcohol tends to rise and fall together, rather than one substance substituting for the other. Legalizing recreational cannabis use has raised the possibility that cannabis may substitute for risky drinking or other substance use, potentially with less severe public health consequences. Alternatively, legalizing cannabis might lead to higher consumption of both cannabis and alcohol, with escalating problematic effects. Read

Sha’Carri Richardson suspension underscore frustration with Biden’s marijuana policy

7/8/21--Advocates for marijuana legalization are expressing disappointment and frustration with the Biden administration’s response to Sha’Carri Richardson’s disqualification from the Tokyo Olympic Games, which they say highlights the White House’s refusal to move forward on cannabis policy. Read

FTC approves final administrative consent order against Kushly

7/6/21--Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final administrative consent order against Scottsdale, Arizona-based Kushly Industries LLC (Kushly) and the company’s owner, Cody Alt, for allegedly making false or unsupported health claims during the marketing and sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products to consumers. Read

Cannabis Liberalization in the U.S.: The Policy Landscape

7/1/21--An article conceived and drafted by Rebecca Haffajee published in Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy thought and research, mentions that state cannabis policies are inconsistent across jurisdictions and often conflict with federal policy. She believes policy makers should adopt an approach to cannabis liberalization that addresses these inconsistencies, improves the safety of cannabis supply, and combats health disparities and other inequities. Read

Women oppose Sha’Carri Richardson’s marijuana suspension while men support it, poll finds

7/4/21--There’s been widespread condemnation over the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) recent decision to suspend U.S. runner Sha’Carri Richardson from at least some Olympic competition over a failed marijuana test. According to a new poll, women are notably more likely to oppose the suspension (44 percent) than men are (39 percent). Men, on the other hand, are more supportive of the penalty (48 percent) than they are against it (38 percent). Read

Child dies outside Manitou Springs marijuana shop

7/7/21--A child, 4, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon outside of a Manitou Springs pot shop, according to law enforcement. Deputies said they arrested the child’s parents — 25-year-old Ashlynne Perez and 26-year-old Carlos Perez — and booked them into the El Paso County Jail for alleged criminally negligent child abuse that resulted in death. Read

Alcohol still a threat in too many American pregnancies

7/1/21--According to a Yale University study, more than half of American babies are exposed to at least some alcohol before they are born -- and for 8 out of 10, it happens before their mothers even realize they're pregnant. Because alcohol consumption may harm the developing fetus, researchers said their findings underscore the need to promote abstinence in women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, as well as preventing unintended pregnancies. Read

Webinar: E-cigarettes and vaping – What you need to know

7/6/21--Vaping is becoming an increasing concern for schools and parents, and this webinar will provide up-to-date and relevant information on the research around vaping and trends in use among youth. Information will also be provided on how to best prevent e-cigarette and vaping use among youth. Read

Recommendations for federal regulation of legal cannabis

7/5/21--This white paper was prepared to help guide federal legislators and regulators as they consider the end of cannabis prohibition in the United States in ensuring a free, fair, open, and equitable cannabis marketplace. Read

Text message support prompts young adults to quite vaping

7/6/21--Tailored, interactive text messages improved quit rates among young adults using e-cigarettes, a randomized trial in JAMA Internal Medicine reported. The trial’s 2588 participants, aged 18 to 24 years, expressed a strong desire to quit using e-cigarettes. Nearly all vaped daily and had previously attempted to quit. Three-quarters of the participants were current students and more than 80% were White. Read

Apple now allows marijuana businesses on its App Store, while Google maintains ban

7/1/21--Apple will no longer prohibit marijuana delivery services from being hosted on its App Store—one of the latest pro-cannabis developments to come out of the tech industry. The policy was updated last month to remove the ban, with some restrictions. A marijuana app must be geo-restricted to jurisdictions where cannabis is legal, and the program must be “submitted by a legal entity that provides the services, and not by an individual developer.” Read

House approves bill to let researchers access marijuana from state-legal dispensaries

7/1/21--The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a large-scale transportation bill that includes a provision that would allow researchers to access marijuana from state-legal dispensaries in order to effectively study impaired driving. Under the House-passed measure, a federal report would need to be issued with recommendations on establishing a national clearinghouse with samples of different types of marijuana that scientists from non-legal states could obtain for studies. Read

E-cigarette manufacturers’ compliance with clinical trial reporting expectants: a case series of registered trials by Juul Labs

6/29/21--The reporting of clinical trials sponsored by Juul Labs, the largest e-cigarette company in the USA, is assessed against accepted reporting standards. Findings raise substantial concerns regarding these trials. Clinicians, public health professionals, and the public cannot make informed choices about the benefits or hazards of e-cigarettes if the results of clinical trials are not completely and transparently reported. Clarification and potential enforcement of reporting laws may be required. Read

Alcohol COVID-19 fallout: Teens’ happy hour with parents

6/30/21--Although underage drinking has steadily declined over the past decade—according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 33.5% of teens in 2019 said they drank during the past year compared with 44.7% in 2009—the COVID-19 pandemic may have steered teenage drinking into troublesome territory. Social isolation during lockdowns likely kept some teens from drinking with friends or at parties, but for others the concentrated family time at home included a new ritual: happy hour. Read

Sha’Carri Richardson, a track sensation, tests positive for marijuana

7/1/21--The American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who was set for a star turn at the Tokyo Olympics this month, could miss the Games after testing positive for marijuana. The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced the positive test result Friday morning, and said Richardson had accepted a suspension of one month, starting on June 28. That could clear her in time to run in the 4x100 meter relay that takes place later in the Games — if she is named to the U.S. team. Read

UN world drug report calls for global ban on marijuana advertising & THC potency caps

6/25/21--Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) reports the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the latest edition of the annual World Drug Report, which highlighted the fact that while use of marijuana among young people has increased to levels not seen since the early nineties, the perception of harm from use among the same demographic is at a historic low. The report also called for a global ban on marijuana advertising and the implementation of a cap on THC potency in marijuana products where the marijuana industry has expanded. Read

America’s pot labs have a THC problem

6/29/21--Experts say that lab corruption is widespread because the incentives to cheat are too high and enforcement is mostly ineffective. America’s legal weed industry sold over $17 billion of pot last year and the industry’s obsession with THC, pot’s most famous intoxicant, has created financial rewards for every marginal increase in THC potency. Weed shoppers use THC percentages like nutritional labels, purchasing products based on their THC content, yet the lab system entrusted with measuring the compound is vulnerable to corruption. Read

Alcohol-related diseases increased as some people drank more during COVID-19 pandemic

6/30/21--According to George Koob, PhD, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than a dozen studies have found that 20% to 40% of individuals surveyed reported consuming more alcohol than usual during the pandemic. Complicating the situation is that people with alcohol use disorder (AUD) might have an increased risk of developing severe COVID-19, because alcohol impairs lung immune responses. Read

Broadcasters eager to advertise pot tap lobbyists for Hill push

6/28/21--A coalition of state broadcaster associations seeking to cash in on TV and radio ads for marijuana products hired a team of lobbyists with ties to senior lawmakers to secure congressional approval to air spots for pot. The coalition hired bipartisan boutique lobbying firm Klein/Johnson Group to work with policymakers on its behalf, according to lobbying registration filed with Congress. Read

Juul to pay $40 million to settle N.C. vaping case

6/28/21--Juul Labs has agreed to pay North Carolina $40 million to settle the first of a spate of lawsuits brought by states and localities claiming the e-cigarette company’s marketing practices fueled widespread addiction to nicotine among young people and created a new public health problem. Read

Pfizer pauses Chantix distribution after finding carcinogen

6/24/21--Pfizer Inc. said it’s pausing worldwide distribution of its smoking-cessation drug Chantix after finding elevated levels of nitrosamines, a likely carcinogen, in the pills. Read

Johnson & Johnson to end sale of opioids, settles New York case for $230 million

6/26/21--Johnson & Johnson will pay $230 million to resolve an opioids lawsuit, days before the company was slated to go to trial, in a settlement reached with New York Attorney General Letitia James. In the agreement, the company will end the sale of all opioid products nationwide. Read

Need and feasibility of cannabis substitution implementation in Canadian managed alcohol programs

6/23/21--With less attention being paid to alcohol harm reduction for people experiencing severe alcohol use disorder (AUD), homelessness, and street-based illicit drinking, a pre-implementation mixed-methods study was conducted utilizing structured surveys and open-ended interviews to determine the feasibility of cannabis substitution. Data were collected from MAP organizational leaders, program participants, staff and managers across 6 MAPs in Canada. Results indicate that all three groups identified a need for additional supports for implementation including peer support, staff education, and counseling. Read

Republicans are watching their states back – and they’re not sold

6/27/21--A growing number of Republican senators represent states that have legalized recreational or medical cannabis — six approved or expanded marijuana in some form just since November. But without their support in Congress to make up for likely Democratic defectors, weed falls critically short of the 60 votes needed to advance legislation. Read