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Courts are forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Opponents of marijuana legalization often cite the "skyrocketing" number of people seeking treatment for marijuana addiction in their arguments. Project SAM, the nation's leading anti-legalization group, notes with some alarm that "data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that in 1993, marijuana comprised approximately 8 percent of ALL treatment admissions, but by 2009 that number had increased to 18 percent."

But new data out this month from the Department of Health and Human Services provides some important context behind those numbers. In 2013, more than half of marijuana users in treatment were sent there by the courts or the criminal justice system. That's more than the share of court-ordered referrals for any other drug, including far more deadly ones like alcohol and heroin.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/14/courts-are-forcing-marijuana-users-to-get-drug-treatment-they-probably-dont-need/


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Walk Hard - Marijuana

Category: Videos | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder


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University Of Vermont Offering A Course On Medical Marijuana Science

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder
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I attended college from the age of 24-28. I was a ‘non-traditional student’ as the faculty always reminded me, which always seemed like a passive aggressive form of age discrimination. It was bad enough that I couldn’t relate to most of my classmates because they had barely moved out of their parents house and didn’t have the life experience that I had accumulated up to that point. But college was still a very fun time.

In every class I was in, I would always try to steer the class conversations towards marijuana in anyway that I could. I graduated in 2009, which of course was a different time from a marijuana world perspective. Zoom forward to today, and there are now multiple states that have legalized recreational marijuana, with hopefully many more on the way. There are more medical marijuana states compared to back then too.

These changes in marijuana policy have had a sort of butterfly effect on American college campuses. More and more universities are offering courses on marijuana. The latest that I’ve heard about is the University of Vermont, which is offering a course on medical marijuana science. Per the Associated Press:

As more states allow for the use of medical marijuana, the University of Vermont is offering a course in the science of the drug — and the professors say they are challenged by a lack of research on what has long been a taboo topic.

Other institutions have offered classes in marijuana law and policy, but the university’s medical school is likely the country’s first to offer a full course on medical cannabis, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Other medical schools have touched on the topic. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/university-of-vermont-offering-a-course-on-medical-marijuana-science/


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San Francisco Forms Legal Cannabis Taskforce

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

San Francisco's Examiner reports Dec. 14 that city authorities, in anticipation that California voters will legalize recreational cannabis use next year, are assembling a body to propose regulations for the industry. The newly created entity will be called the Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. The body will advise the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Last week, the board's Rules Committee selected 11 people to serve on the body, with three more seats still to be filled. One of the appointees is Erich Pearson, founder of SPARC, one of San Francisco's biggest dispensaries. "We need to determine how many cannabis users we are going to have in San Francisco and how many stores that's going to take to distribute that cannabis once it's legal," he told the Examiner.

Current regulations restrict cannabusinesses to a "Green Zone," with 28 dispensaries now operating in just 5 percent of the city's territory. The San Francisco Cannabis Clubs website is promoting a petition to enlarge the Green Zone.

Kevin Reed, founder of Green Cross dispensary´╗┐, told the Supes that the city should open up areas for that are currently off­-limits, like the Bayview. He also called for dropping the restriction that limits dispensaries to the ground floor of buildings. "You have an entire Financial District of tall buildings that you can open up," he said. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/san-francisco-forms-legal-cannabis-taskforce


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