Lawful Medical Marijuana Patients Can Lose Child Custody Battles, But Itâ€™s Getting Better
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
Divorces can be plenty messy to begin with. Add in a few kids, some run of the mill vindictiveness and a medical marijuana recommendation – and it can become a nightmare.
Comedian, writer and Sacramento News and Review columnist Ngaio Bealum tries to provide some clarity on the issue this week, writing that California courts are starting to go easier on pot-smoking parents.
“Recently, the California Courts of Appeal found that someone using marijuana did not automatically mean someone was abusing marijuana. In this case, the father (known as “Paul M.” in court records) had a recommendation for medical cannabis, and would medicate in a shed outside of the house while an adult family member watched his child. The cannabis was also kept in a locked box in the shed. Originally, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services had ordered the father to take random drug tests, and the lower court agreed, but the appeals court reversed that decision, stating, ‘both DCFS and the trial court apparently confused the meanings of the terms ’substance use’ and ’substance abuse.’’ As it stands now, medical cannabis is being treated more and more like a regular prescription and less like a criminal offense. If you take the necessary precautions, there is no reason for you to lose custody of your kids over your cannabis use. Good luck.”
If you’re growing it in the same house with kids – watch out. And we would add that Child Protective Services reacts differently in every California county to adult medical marijuana use. Responsible use of the medication in San Francisco might not be an issue, whereas a parent using medical marijuana in Modoc County might still be in for a world of hurt.
Teen Marijuana Use May Show No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study.
Researchers scanned the brains of 92 adolescents, ages 16 to 20, before and after an 18-month period. During that year and a half, half of the teens -- who already had extensive alcohol and marijuana-use histories -- continued to use marijuana and alcohol in varying amounts. The other half abstained or kept consumption minimal, as they had throughout adolescence.
The before-and-after brain scans of the teens consuming five or more drinks at least twice a week showed reduced white matter brain tissue, study co-author Susan Tapert, neuroscientist at University of California, San Diego, told HuffPost. This may mean declines in memory, attention, and decision-making into later adolescence and adulthood, she said.
The teens who used the most marijuana did not show a change in brain tissue health, according to the study. The researchers did not test performance; they only looked at brain scans.
The study was conducted by researchers at UC San Diego and is scheduled to be published in the April issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
The damage occurs because white matter brain tissue develops throughout adolescence and into a person's 20s, Joanna Jacobus, postdoctoral fellow at the UC San Diego, and co-author of the study, told HuffPost.
Part of that still-developing brain tissue is where decision-making ability comes from, which can exacerbate substance use. "It becomes a cycle. If teens decrease their tissue health and cognitive ability to inhibit themselves, they might become more likely to engage in risky behavior like excessive substance use," Jacobus said.
While studies showing the deleterious effect of alcohol on adolescents and adults have been more consistent, studies of the effect of marijuana have not, Tapert said. "One reason is that marijuana can really vary. Different strains contain different levels of THC and other marijuana components. For example, some studies have suggested one component, cannabidiol, may actually have neuroprotective effects," she said.
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