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No, legal weed is not ‘dumbing down’ the nation’s teens

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, 10 states relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use.

Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids: "But what about the children?" was the common refrain. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization,argued in 2010 that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available — and irresistible — to too many adolescents."

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/05/29/no-legal-weed-is-not-dumbing-down-the-nations-teens/


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FDA Approves Candy-Flavored Amphetamines for Kids

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

While some lawmakers in legal marijuana states are pushing to outlaw cannabis edibles that resemble sugary treats in an effort to protect the well being of the children, the federal government has just approved a candy-flavored amphetamine-based medication that will be marketed to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later this year. [link: http://www.drugs.com/pro/adzenys-xr-odt.html]

A recent report from the folks at STAT News indicates that a new version of speed hit the pharmaceutical market last week called Adzenys, a chewable, fruit-flavored drug designed with the same active ingredient as other popular ADHD medications, such as Adderall. The drug, which is essentially extended release gummy meth, was approved earlier this year by the Food and Drug Administration for patients as young as 6-years-old. [link: https://www.statnews.com/2016/05/23/adhd-drug-concerns/]

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/fda-approves-candy-flavored-amphetamines-kids


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North Coast marijuana growers fear a takeover by 'Big Alcohol'

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

For the Humboldt farmers, Sonoma County's subterranean tasting rooms and Tuscan affectations offered a glimpse into a rarefied realm of legal intoxicants.

The marijuana growers had driven south from redwood country to the oak and grass hills to take part in an event called “The Women of Wine & Cannabis,” a chance to visit boutique wineries and learn about appellations and branding in the $200-billion retail alcohol market.

Read More:http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pot-distributors-10102020-snap-story.html


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California Gym Allows Members to Toke While They Train

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

Lace up your sneakers and get ready for the first and, so far, only, weed-friendly gym to open soon in San Francisco.

Power Plant Fitness will allow edibles and vaping on-site to start with and eventually will add an outdoor smoking deck.

The philosophy of the fitness club includes the use of cannabis as a tool for focus and recovery.

New members will take a “cannabis performance assessment” under staff supervision to determine the “most optimal ways to consume,” explained cofounder Jim McAlpine.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/california-gym-allows-members-toke-while-they-train


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As More States Legalize Marijuana, Adolescents’ Problems With Cannabis Decline

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Teen Age Dope SlavesA survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis examined data on drug use collected from young people, ages 12 to 17, over a 12-year span. They found that the number of adolescents who had problems related to marijuana — such as becoming dependent on the drug or having trouble in school and in relationships — declined by 24 percent from 2002 to 2013.

Over the same period, kids, when asked whether they had used pot in the previous 12 months, reported fewer instances of marijuana use in 2013 than their peers had reported in 2002. In all, the rate fell by 10 percent.

Those drops were accompanied by reductions in behavioral problems, including fighting, property crimes and selling drugs. The researchers found that the two trends are connected. As kids became less likely to engage in problem behaviors, they also became less likely to have problems with marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/as-more-states-legalize-marijuana-adolescents-problems-with-cannabis-decline/


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Colorado Prosecutor Says Legal Marijuana Causes Majority of State’s Murders

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

While many Colorado officials have come forward over the past few months to declare that legal weed is working better than they ever imagined, some prosecutors across the state believe the legal cannabis industry is responsible for the majority of the state’s murders.

In a recent interview with Fox 31 Denver, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said nearly two-thirds of the homicide cases he has overseen in recent years have had a blatant connection to marijuana. This uprising in murder, he said, could be traced back to a legion of small time dope dealers who are slinging the herb on the street with rabid enthusiasm because legal weed has made it easier for the black market to thrive.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-prosecutor-says-legal-marijuana-causes-majority-state%E2%80%99s-murders


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