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Scientists Debunk Theory That Pot Is a Gateway Drug

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 60 percent of pot users go on to try other drugs, which might seem to prove the “gateway” theory, except that 88 percent of drug users started with alcohol, according to several studies reported in The Atlantic.

Information published by Treatment4Addiction, which analyzed the government study, showed alcohol is more of a catalyst for trying new psychoactive substances, therefore preceding marijuana at the head of the chain.

“Gateway” is a problematic term in that marijuana use is not a tipping point but rather part of a process; this fact underscores a significant flaw of the gateway theory. Scientists tell us that correlation does not imply causation.

“Marijuana isn't a ‘gateway’ to harder drugs in the same way that ordering an appetizer isn't a 'gateway' to an entree: One comes before the other, but you're eating both because you're already at the restaurant,” The Atlantic explained.

Miriam Boeri, a sociology professor at Bentley University does not believe one type of drug use leads to another. In an article for The Conversation, she pointed out that poverty, mental illness and peer group pressure are all much stronger predictors of drug use.

Scientist Denise Kandel of Columbia University, who coined the term “gateway drug,” told NPR last week that she recently published a new paper on the topic, which shows nicotine is biologically the most potent gateway of all. When rodents were primed with nicotine, then given cocaine, they liked the cocaine much more.

In that case, the fact that e-cigarette use among teenagers has tripled in the past year, according to the Wall Street Journal, should be a much more worrisome trend.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/scientists-debunk-theory-pot-gateway-drug


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Chemical Change In Synthetic Marijuana Suspected Of Causing Illnesses

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Over the past three weeks, people have been tumbling into emergency rooms across the country, seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or spice.
 
Hundreds of cases have been reported in states including Alabama, Mississippi andNew York, where state health departments have warned people to stay away from the drug. New York City alone saw over 120 emergency cases in a single week in April.
 
Several people have died, and emergency room physicians have been seeing K2 users showing up with severe symptoms: high blood pressure, clenched muscles, seizures, hallucinations and psychosis.
 
"We have to chemically restrain and physically restrain them because they become violent and very strong. It takes four to five personnel to restrain them on a gurney," says Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. One patient last week ended up in the ICU. "He was combative and required sedation in the ER."
 
Although different variations of synthetic marijuana have been circulating on the street for about five years, Glatter says there's likely something unusual about the K2 behind this sudden surge in ER visits.
 
It's simple for manufacturers to modify the molecular structure of the mind-altering chemicals that producers spray onto dried plant material, which is then smoked. Not only does this make K2 difficult to identify and study, but the psychoactive effects become more unpredictable.
 

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Man Shot and Killed During Raid of Marijuana Grow Operation in California

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

A man suspected of operating an illegal marijuana grow was shot and killed during a multi-agency raid at a federal wildlife refuge near Sacramento on Wednesday morning.

According to KCRA.com, the Department of Justice was tipped off about a grow operation at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and put together task force "to try and stop the grow before it could really get going." The raid was reportedly conducted from multiple angles, and one of the teams confronted the alleged grower, who was armed.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the California Fish and Game officer who shot the man in the chest feared for his life when shots were fired.

"I do know that he presented a threat to the officer's life," Fish and Wildlife spokesman Capt. Patrick Foy told SacBee.com. "The officer is very experienced and has been in dangerous situations before. He is one of our more experienced officers related to marijuana cultivation and raids."

Foy said that more than one shot was fired at the man. Other news outlets reported that the suspected cannabis grower never fired his weapon. The man was pronounced dead on the scene, and authorities reportedly found hundreds of marijuana pants in the wildlife preserve.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/man-shot-and-killed-during-raid-marijuana-grow-operation-california


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Lawyer Leads Effort To Add Marijuana Law To Michigan Bar Association

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan marijuana bar associationThe race is on to see which attorneys in Michigan will be among the first 50 to indicate their support for creating a marijuana law section of the Michigan Bar Association, according to Lapeer attorney Bernard Jocuns.

Jocuns leads the effort to petition the Association to create an attorney’s group devoted to discussing and advising on the subject of marijuana law.

“We need a minimum of fifty lawyers to indicate their support,” Jocuns said, although he expects to receive far more emails than that from attorneys certifying their interest.

A marijuana law section could issue papers, advise the legislature or offer educational seminars to raise awareness of the evolving state of marijuana law in Michigan, Jocuns said. “It’s an opportunity for lawyers to exchange ideas,” Jocuns explained.

“The goal is for people to get educated, and for there to be a body of educated lawyers that can speak with authority.”

Other attorneys around the state are in support of the idea. “Medical marihuana is important to the Citizens of Michigan, and states are adopting legislation for the adult recreational use of marihuana at an increasing pace. The State Bar of Michigan must recognize the important role cannabis and laws relating to its responsible use now play, and should do so by establishing a section focused on these rapidly evolving issues,” said Daniel Grow, a lawyer that practices criminal law across southwest Michigan, with a focus on issues relating to medical marijuana.

“Marijuana law is one of the most rapidly changing and misunderstood areas of law in our state,” said Farris Haddad, a Southfield attorney. “We are all affected by marijuana law in one way or another-so it’s a valid candidate for its own bar section.”

“It would really help take away some of the taboo that surrounds marijuana,” Jocuns offered. “Prosecutors are not the enemy.”

Attorney Matthew Abel of Cannabis Counsel in Detroit said, “Marijuana law intersects with numerous areas of law.  We hope this section will receive wide participation.”

Criminal law is only one aspect of the legal spectrum where marijuana issues are resolved. “This is not just a criminal issue,” Jocuns offered. He included attorneys specializing in family law, business law and even agriculture law specialists as potential members of the marijuana law section.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/lawyer-leads-effort-to-add-marijuana-law-to-michigan-bar-association/


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The Marijuana Industry And Its First Crossroads

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Marijuana has come a long way in the United States since California launched its first-in-the-nation medical program 19 years ago. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis to some degree, and public perception of the plant is clearly shifting. Medical marijuana is being used in treatment of a variety of illnesses including several types of seizures, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.

New polls by GallupBeyond the Beltway, and General Social Survey all show that for the first time since its prohibition, a majority of Americans support legalization of the plant. Change is coming to the American cannabis industry, and it’s time to prepare for it in earnest.

Marijuana is now on the cusp of mainstream legitimacy, and established business interests are beginning to work with the initial trailblazers of the American cannabis market. Further, while technological innovation is revolutionizing everyindustry, breakthrough ideas in a market as young this one have the chance to become defining cornerstones. Early-to-market products and solutions are seeing widespread adoption in absence of entrenched industry leaders.

New technology firms are playing a major part in increasing the efficiency, transparency, and security of the legal cannabis market. MJ FreewayBioTrack THC, and Agrisoft have all developed software to track the plant from seed-to-sale, protecting the integrity of the supply chain at every step. Additionally, I constantly see proposals from developers aiming to find new ways to connect grower to sellers and sellers to consumers.

Read More:http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/25/the-marijuana-industry-and-its-first-crossroads/#.gxbm39:2QIZ


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Marijuana Is Not, Repeat Not, a Gateway Drug

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug.

The gateway theory argues that because heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine users often used marijuana before graduating to harder drugs, it must be a “gateway” to harder drug use. The theory implies that there is a causal mechanism that biologically sensitizes drug users, making them more willing to try—and more desirous of—harder drugs.

Yet the gateway hypothesis doesn’t make sense to those who use marijuana or have used in the past. Research shows that the vast majority of marijuana usersdo not go on to use hard drugs. Most stop using after entering the adult social world of family and work.

So why is it still part of the rhetoric and controversy surrounding the drug? A closer look reveals the historical roots—and vested interests—that are keeping the myth alive.

Explaining hard drug use

When analyzing what acts as a “gateway” to hard drug use, there are a number of factors at play. None involve marijuana.

Read More:http://www.newsweek.com/marijuana-not-gateway-drug-325358


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