Feds' Marijuana Fishing Expedition Called Off in Mendocino County
"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."
"The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science"
"“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded...“The distinction the Emory University study makes is not new,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, told ThinkProgress. “It’s ripe with citations from Donald Tashkin who has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question of what happens to people when they smoke tobacco and marijuana. This new study took things further; today these products aren’t being smoked [in a way] that the product is carbonized and there’s ash."
High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff
Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think
Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrell Predicts Legislature Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016
"Let me put it this way, I will be surprised if marijuana is not legalized in this next legislative session," he said. There are enough votes for legislation to pass in the Senate, he says, and outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign a bill.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin tells state lawmakers to craft bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Vows to work with legislature and sign bill into law. This would make Vermont the first state to legalize through the legislative process rather than by referendum. Marijuana could be legal as early as this summer.
Cannabis ‘Doesn’t Lower IQ Or School Grades’ – But Smoking Tobacco Does
Previous studies may have been skewed by the fact that teenagers tend to smoke the two together.
Researchers used data on 2235 children – mapping tobacco and cannabis use against IQ at age 15 and educational performance at age 16.
After full adjustment, those who had used cannabis 50 times did not differ from never-users on either IQ or educational performance.
The scientists say that there is a ‘robust’ link between smoking cigarettes and lower achievement in education – even when cannabis is excluded.
Study: Alcohol Is The Real Gateway Drug, Not Marijuana
Alcohol is typically the first substance consumed by individuals who report polydrug use later in life, according to data published this month in The Journal of School Health.
Researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Florida, Gainesville evaluated drug use patterns from a nationally representative sample of 2,835 12th graders.
Authors found that youth use of alcohol most often preceded the use of tobacco or marijuana. They also reported subjects’ age of alcohol initiation is the strongest predictor of later polydrug use.
“Alcohol is the most commonly used substance, and the majority of polysubstance using respondents consumed alcohol prior to tobacco or marijuana initiation,” they reported. “Respondents initiating alcohol use in sixth grade reported significantly greater lifetime illicit substance use and more frequent illicit substance use than those initiating alcohol use in ninth grade or later.”
Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders To Keynote Marijuana Conference
Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders will headline the International Cannabis Business Conference on Feb. 13 and 14 in downtown San Francisco.
New Study Proves That Marijuana Doesn't Lower IQ
New study using identical twins debunks seriously flawed Duke University study. Marijuana use not linked to declines in IQ.
Marijuana Legalization In Colorado Is Killing Mexican Drug Cartels
Marijuana Reduces Alzheimers Symptoms, Scientists Say
A study has found that cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy and delusions.
Anchorage Opens the Door to Cannabis Cafés
Legal Weed Having Little Effect On Teen Marijuana Use, Federal Data Shows
Federal data released this week found there was no change in monthly marijuana use in nearly every U.S. state compared to last year. The only significant changes were in Rhode Island, Ohio and Hawaii, where monthly marijuana use fell year over year.
The Mexican President Promises a Debate on Marijuana Legalization
By Gabriela Gorbea
November 10, 2015 | 4:05 pm
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has promised a major national debate to decide the country's position on marijuana legalization, the week after the country's supreme court granted four individuals the permission to cultivate and use the drug.
Peña Nieto instructed the country's interior ministry to organize the debate he said would include experts from multiple disciplines and will define Mexico's stance at next spring's United Nations global drug policy summit as well as the country's own specific policies on the issue.
While he laid out his own personal opposition to legalization — arguing that marijuana consumption leads to harder drugs — the president said he could be persuaded to change his mind.
"I am not the owner of the truth," Peña Nieto said. "I am open to listening to well-documented positions that are scientifically sustainable and could lead to a different position."..."from the human rights perspective you cannot stop anybody, specifically the four people in the case, from using their freedom to consume it if they want."
State Lawmakers To Congress: Butt Out Of Our Marijuana Laws
The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana laws and on the administration to keep its nose out of state pot policies.
The resolution reaffirms that the federal government cannot use its power to force states, the laboratories of democracy, to criminalize marijuana or hemp, as “doing so would constitute unconstitutional commandeering.”
Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies
Mexico Issues First Permits To Grow And Use Marijuana
Denver NORML to File Marijuana Social Use Initiative for 2016 Ballot
Florida Approves 5 Nurseries To Grow Medical Marijuana
Vermont Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana
S. 241 now moves to the House of Representatives. Governor Pete Schumlin has vowed to sign bill when it reaches his desk.
Four other states, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, And Oregon, along with the District of Columbia have already legalized marijuana through the initiative process. Vermont will be the first state to do so through the legislature.