Teens Trying Marijuana for the First Time is More Frequent in June and July
According to study results recently released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), teens are more likely to try marijuana or tobacco for the first time in the months of June and July.
"More free time and less adult supervision can make the summertime an exciting time for many young people, but it can also increase the likelihood of exposure to the dangers of substance abuse," SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in the press release. "That is why it is critically important to take every opportunity we can throughout the year to talk to our young people about the real risks of substance abuse and effective measures for avoiding it, so they will be informed and capable of making the right decisions on their own."
“Talk to our young people about the real risks of substance abuse?” Does she mean the truth, or more propaganda? If she means truth, here it is: if your kids are going to try either marijuana or tobacco this summer, you want them to try marijuana. It’s no contest. While it’s impossible to overdose on marijuana and studies show smoking cannabis doesn’t cause impaired lung function, tobacco use kills hundreds of thousands of people every year in this country alone and can lead to emphysema, heart disease and more.
First-time alcohol use increased as well, to more than 11,000 adolescents a day in June and July - with similar levels in December. The number is sometimes twice as much as the 5,000 to 8,000 teens who start drinking on any average day in the year.
Alcohol kills 25,000 people every year just in accidents, not to mention how much damage it does to your liver and brain cells.
Don’t lie to your kids about marijuana. It will just make them think things like tobacco and alcohol are less dangerous, when they are much more deadly than marijuana could ever be.
Scientific Review says Cannabis Schedule I Classification Is Not Tenable
A new scientific review in The Open Neurology Journal questions cannabis’ place as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Reviewers from the University of California at San Diego and the University of California, Davis went over several recent clinical trials on the safety and effectiveness of cannabis.
“Evidence is accumulating that cannabinoids may be useful medicine for certain indications,” the review concluded. “Control of nausea and vomiting and the promotion of weight gain in chronic inanition are already licensed uses of oral THC (dronabinol capsules). Recent research indicates that cannabis may also be effective in the treatment of painful peripheral neuropathy and muscle spasticity from conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Other indications have been proposed, but adequate clinical trials have not been conducted.
“… The classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug as well as the continuing controversy as to whether or not cannabis is of medical value are obstacles to medical progress in this area. Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking. It is true cannabis has some abuse potential, but its profile more closely resembles drugs in Schedule III (where codeine and dronabinol are listed). The continuing conflict between scientific evidence and political ideology will hopefully be reconciled in a judicious manner.”
Dr. Igor Grant was the lead author of the review, and he is director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, which has done several FDA-approved ‘gold standard’ clinical trials on cannabis.
The fact is the federal government is the only entity left holding on to this ridiculous fantasy that cannabis has no medical value. And in the meantime they are hurting millions of patients by restricting access and research.
Medical marijuana dispensary claims Long Beach police used excessive force during raid
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Long Beach Police Department is investigating claims that its officers used excessive force during a raid of a medical marijuana dispensary.
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