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University Of Colorado Launching Marijuana And Pregnancy Study

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana PregnantThere are not a lot of studies out there that deal with marijuana and pregnancy. It’s a very touchy subject. However, it’s something that definitely occurs, and I think that it would be better to take an objective approach to the issue instead of trying to keep it taboo like many cannabis opponents would prefer. There are a lot of unfounded claims on anti-cannabis websites ran by cannabis opponents. Whenever someone looks for something more objective, most roads lead back to astudy that was conducted in 1991 that looked at Jamaican children who had mothers that consumed marijuana during pregnancy. The abstract of that study is below:

This research provides data on the development of 59 Jamaican children, from birth to age 5 years, whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy. Approximately one-half of the sample used marijuana during pregnancy and were matched with non-users according to age, parity, and socioeconomic status. Testing of the children was done at 1, 3, and 30 days of age with the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scales and at ages 4 and 5 years with the McCarthy Scales of Children’s Abilities. Data about the child’s home environment and temperament were collected from direct observations as well as from standardized questionnaires. The results show no significant differences in developmental testing outcomes between children of marijuana-using and non-using mothers except at 30 days of age when the babies of users had more favourable scores on two clusters of the Brazelton Scales: autonomic stability and reflexes. The developmental scores at ages 4 and 5 years were significantly correlated to certain aspects of the home environment and to regularity of basic school (preschool) attendance.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/university-of-colorado-launching-marijuana-and-pregnancy-study/


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Commission Wants UN to Adopt Alternative Drug Policies

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has a golden opportunity to promote alternate approaches to global drug policy next month when it meets in New York for a special session, but a high-profile commission said Friday that the work leading up to the meeting has so far been disappointing.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy - whose members include former presidents of Mexico and Brazil, as well as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson - said in a statement that on-going discussions in Vienna drafting the session's outcome document rely too heavily on an outdated law-and-order approach that emphasizes criminal justice and prohibition.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/commission-wants-un-adopt-alternative-drug-policies


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Study: Marijuana’s Influence On Driving Performance Differs Significantly From That Of Alcohol

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Cannabis-influenced driving performance is significantly different from alcohol-induced driving behavior, according to driving simulator data published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology.

Investigators with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Iowa evaluated simulated driving performance in subjects following their consumption of vaporized cannabis, alcohol, or placebo.

Researchers reported that cannabis administration was associated compensatory driving behavior, such as decreased mean speed and increased mean following distance, whereas alcohol administration was associated with faster driving. Their findings are similar to those of other driving studies, like those here and here.

Investigators also reported that cannabis dosing in combination with low quantities of alcohol “mitigated drivers’ tendency to drive faster with alcohol” – a finding that contrasts with prior data acknowledging that the two substances combined typically possess an additive adverse effecton psychomotor performance.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/study-marijuanas-influence-on-driving-performance-differs-significantly-from-that-of-alcohol/


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MA Committee Fears Marijuana Legalization, Recommends Strict Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Special Senate Committee On Marijuana released a reportanalyzing the potential “policy ramifications” of legalized marijuana for recreational use—a reform voters will decide on November’s ballot. While claiming that the committee had not taken “an official position” on the legalization initiative, the report boasts a dearth of reasons why marijuana legalization could be harmful to the state and is mute on the potential benefits of the policy change. 

The report cites “concerns” that marijuana legalization may increase youth access, stoned drivers would endanger residents and tax revenues would not offset spending on the social consequences of legalization. Other pressing issues were edible marijuana products marketed as appealing to children, the persistence of the black market post-legalization and suggested that high-THC marijuana may make the drug more “addictive” today than it was in the past. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ma-committee-fears-marijuana-legalization-recommends-strict-regulations


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Bloom Farms And Magnolia Wellness Donate $25,000 To Fire-Ravaged Californians

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

Bloom Farms™, a San Francisco based medical cannabis company, has partnered with Magnolia Wellness, an Oakland dispensary, and raised $25,000 this past holiday season for Calaveras County Butte fire relief efforts. On Friday, March 4, 2016, Bloom Farms Director Michael Ray made the donation at The Resource Connection in San Andreas to the following organizations focused on post-event recovery and supporting affiliated local nonprofits:

  • Mountain Ranch Fire Relief Fund ($10,000 to support individual and emergency family needs)

  • CalaverasGROWN ($5,000 to support soil erosion prevention efforts)

  • Mountain Ranch Resource Center ($5,000 to support local community feeding program)

  • The Resource Connection ($5,000 to support countywide food insecurity efforts)

 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/bloom-farms-and-magnolia-wellness-donate-25000-to-fire-ravaged-californians/


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Pennsylvania Spends $2.5 Million Annually on Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

The auditor general for Pennsylvania, Eugene DePasquale, is urging the state legislature to pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana due to fiscal concerns related to the imprisonment of nonviolent marijuana offenders.

According to the York Daily Record, Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections currently spends around $2.5 million annually to house 97 people imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses, which equals about $25,700 per inmate. 

"Whether it's $2 or $2.5 million, it is a waste of money, in my opinion, to arrest people for this," DePasquale said in a plea to lawmakers to pass the state's pending medical marijuana legislation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pennsylvania-spends-25-million-annually-nonviolent-marijuana-offenders


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