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NYU Researchers Examine Whether Reasons For Smoking Marijuana Are Associated With Use Of Other Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 2015 by THCFinder
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I received the following press release from New York University and figured I’d post it for discussion:

Marijuana is the most prevalent drug in the U.S. Approximately 70% of the 2.8 million individuals who initiated use of illicit drugs in 2013 reported that marijuana was their first drug. Despite extensive research examining potential links between marijuana use and other drug use, the literature is currently lacking data regarding which illicit marijuana users are most likely to engage in use of other illicit drugs.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), examines how reasons for illicit marijuana use relates to the use of other drugs individually, rather than grouping them into a single “illicit drug” group.

“Aside from marijuana, a wide range of illicit drugs are prevalent, each having different use patterns, and different effects and dangers associated with use,” said Joseph J. Palamar, PhD, MPH, a CDUHR affiliated researcher and an assistant professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). “Our research helped to identify subtypes of illicit marijuana users who use other drugs, as this may be able to inform prevention efforts.”

The cross-sectional study, “Reasons for Recent Marijuana Use in Relation to Use of Other Illicit Drugs among High School Seniors in the United States,” draws data from Monitoring the Future (MTF), a nationwide ongoing annual study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students. The MTF survey is administered in approximately 130 public and private schools throughout 48 states in the US. Roughly 15,000 high school seniors are assessed annually.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/nyu-researchers-smoking-marijuana-associated-other-drugs/


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Indiana Police Threaten to Makes Arrests at First Church of Cannabis Service

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

UPDATE: On Monday, the First Church of Cannabis announced on social media that rather than risk legal turbulence, the inaugural service on Wednesday would be held without the use of marijuana.

“Due to the threat of police action against our religion I feel it is important to CELEBRATE LIFE'S GREAT ADVENTURE in our first service WITHOUT THE USE OF CANNABIS. The Police dept has wagged a display of shameless misconceptions and voluntary ignorance. We will do our first service without the use of any cannabis. CANNABIS WILL BE PROHIBITED ON THE FIRST SERVICE,” the church posted on Facebook.

“We will not be dragged into criminal court for their advantage," Bill Levin, the church's founder, said. "We will meet them in a civil court where the laws are clear about religious persecution. We do not start fights. We Finish Them!”

The controversy surrounding Indiana’s newfound “religious freedom” law and its implications, which led to the uprising of the First Church of Cannabis, may come to a disgusting head later this week in Indianapolis. In a recent press conference, city Police Chief Rick Hite and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry pledged to bring hard times down on those in attendance of the inaugural ceremony on Wednesday, threatening to arrest and charge the entire congregation with various drug-related offenses. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/indiana-police-threaten-makes-arrests-first-church-cannabis-service


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Ready for Takeoff.

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder


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Medical marijuana moves closer to reality in Maryland

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year.
 
The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on the rules through July 27.
 
"This is a big step in the right direction," said Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a physician who championed the legalization of medical marijuana in the General Assembly. "This should make the program operational, though there should be adjustments every year or so for the next few years as we learn from our experience."
 
States have approved the use of marijuana for conditions as disparate as nausea from chemotherapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis and anorexia.
 

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