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Smoking cannabis 'damages lungs'

October 16, 2017 - 21:03
Link: Smoking cannabis 'damages lungs'Article Date: Monday, October 16, 2017Monday, October 16, 2017Tags:

Even after less than six years of smoking the drug, the ill effects were already being seen on their breathing, according the research presented at the British Thoracic Society (BTS) winter meeting.
 
"It is vital that young people understand the dangers of both cigarette and cannabis smoking since these habits can start having a serious impact on their lungs at an early stage."
 
 

Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?

October 3, 2017 - 12:00
Link: Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?Article Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time, federal and state data show. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most comprehensive look yet into whether roads in the state have become more dangerous since the drug’s legalization.

Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United States

October 3, 2017 - 11:58
Link: Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United StatesArticle Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017Tuesday, October 3, 2017Tags:

Conclusions:

 

Cannabis use appears to increase rather than decrease the risk of developing nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder.

Sarasota plotting workaround to comply with state law for medical pot dispensaries

September 28, 2017 - 18:30
Link: Sarasota plotting workaround to comply with state law for medical pot dispensariesArticle Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017Thursday, September 28, 2017Tags:

City leaders felt treating dispensaries as they do pharmacies would allow them across large swaths of the city, so they voted to outright ban them until planners could devise an alternative.  City leaders got their first glimpse at that alternative Monday night and unanimously endorsed a plan to craft rules that they call a kind of “middle ground” between the ban and current pharmacy rules.

Kentucky judge dismisses challenge of medical marijuana ban

September 26, 2017 - 14:57
Link: Kentucky judge dismisses challenge of medical marijuana banArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tags:

Kentucky's ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to "curtail citizens' possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug."

Kentucky's ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to "curtail citizens' possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug."

Musician befriends the driver who left him paralyzed

September 26, 2017 - 14:52
Link: Musician befriends the driver who left him paralyzedArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A native of New Mexico, Markowski, 23, started doing drugs while living and working in Germany. First, smoking marijuana, then snorting methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney says “Just say no” as at least 58 Summit County residents OD during third week in September

September 26, 2017 - 14:47
Link: U.S. Attorney says “Just say no” as at least 58 Summit County residents OD during third week in SeptemberArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tags:

“The best long-term solution is prevention,” Sessions said. “The best action is not to start. Just say no.”

Those three words — embraced by First Lady Nancy Reagan in the 1980s to discourage young people from using recreational drugs — are back.

On Friday, as Summit County released its latest overdose numbers for the past seven days — 58 residents sought help in emergency rooms after overdosing — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions dredged up the slogan during an address to law enforcement in Pennsylvania.

“The struggle to overcome addiction can be a long process – and it can fail. Tragically, it often does fail,” he said, according to a written copy of his remarks released by his office.

 

Marijuana in the Workplace

September 26, 2017 - 14:43
Link: Marijuana in the WorkplaceArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Drug Free America and National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance 

Venice wants to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

September 26, 2017 - 14:27
Link: Venice wants to ban medical marijuana dispensariesArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tags:

Council members cite lack of local control as reason. The city of Venice will ban medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits, because current state statutes do not allow any form of local regulation above those placed on pharmacies. 
In moving toward prohibiting dispensaries, Venice joins the city of Sarasota and town of Longboat Key, though Sarasota is looking to modify its approach that would treat dispensaries the same as stand-alone pharmacies.

Another View: Side effect? Legalized pot corelating with more traffic deaths

September 3, 2017 - 20:49
Link: Another View: Side effect? Legalized pot corelating with more traffic deathsArticle Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017Sunday, September 3, 2017Tags:

The Post reported a 40 percent increase in the number of all drivers, impaired or otherwise, involved in fatal crashes in Colorado between 2013 and 2016. That’s why the Colorado State Patrol posts fatality numbers on electronic signs over the highways.
“Increasingly potent levels of marijuana were found in positive-testing drivers who died in crashes in Front Range counties, according to coroner data since 2013 compiled by The Denver Post. Nearly a dozen in 2016 had levels five times the amount allowed by law, and one was at 22 times the limit. Levels were not as elevated in earlier years,” The Post explained.
All drivers in marijuana-related crashes who survived last year tested at levels indicating use within a few hours of the tests.
The Post found fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol grew 17 percent from 2013 to 2015. Figures for 2016 were not available. Drivers testing positive for pot during that span grew by 145 percent, and “prevalence of testing drivers for marijuana use did not change appreciably, federal fatal-crash data show.”

Substance abuse rarely starts with opiate use on its own

September 2, 2017 - 15:05
Link: Substance abuse rarely starts with opiate use on its ownArticle Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017Saturday, September 2, 2017Tags:

We therefore must educate our youngsters, parents and educators before any use of marijuana or alcohol begins. We then must identify those individuals for whom marijuana or alcohol use has become problematic, getting them into an effective program of treatment before they progress to more dangerous alternatives.
 
Schools must revamp curriculums so children understand that any opioid misuse, be it prescription or street drugs, is a "red line" that they cannot cross.

Palmetto just says “No” to medical marijuana dispensaries

August 28, 2017 - 18:45
Link: Palmetto just says “No” to medical marijuana dispensariesArticle Date: Monday, August 28, 2017Monday, August 28, 2017Tags:

“There are too many unknowns,” said Commissioner Tambra Varnadore. “I don’t have a problem with the use of it, but there are so many rumors out there that it would be potentially abused, so I would rather wait. I feel if our citizens need one, then we can deal with it down the road.”

Florida Counties Banning Marijuana Dispensaries

August 28, 2017 - 13:40
Link: Florida Counties Banning Marijuana DispensariesArticle Date: Monday, August 28, 2017Monday, August 28, 2017Tags:

Updated information on Florida counties and city councils banning 'medical' marijuana dispensaries.

Kissimmee officials have voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

August 28, 2017 - 13:38
Link: Kissimmee officials have voted to ban medical marijuana dispensariesArticle Date: Monday, August 28, 2017Monday, August 28, 2017Tags:

Kissimmee commissioners voted 4 to 1 to ban the dispensaries from opening in town. They don’t believe there is room to regulate effectively the way the law is currently written.

Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?

August 25, 2017 - 19:58
Link: Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?Article Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time, federal and state data show. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most comprehensive look yet into whether roads in the state have become more dangerous since the drug’s legalization.

Tampa Will Finally Get Medical Marijuana

August 25, 2017 - 19:54
Link: Tampa Will Finally Get Medical MarijuanaArticle Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

Two local mothers showed up at the pow-wow to voice their concerns about an influx of dispensaries. One of the mothers, Teresa Miller, believes cannabis acts as a gateway drug.
“Years ago, when my son smoked pot and spring boarded to opioids, a severe addiction, I told myself if I could save one family from going through what our family and thousands of families around our state have gone through with a disease of addiction, then I would,” Miller said.
Miller also showed the council a map of 15 local pharmacies. She claimed she was worried that the dispensaries would expand to a similar number.
“If we get that many pot dispensaries around our country, it’s going to be disastrous. We need to protect our children and our communities.” Miller noted.

Medical marijuana gets the green light in Tampa

August 25, 2017 - 19:13
Link: Medical marijuana gets the green light in TampaArticle Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

Two local mothers spoke out against the plan at Thursday night's meeting.
Teresa Miller, of south Tampa, provided maps showing clusters of local pharmacies.
"Within a two-mile radius there's 15 pharmacies," said Miller. "If we get that many pot dispensaries around our country, it's going to be disastrous. We need to protect our children and our communities."

Medical marijuana gets green light in Tampa

August 25, 2017 - 12:10
Link: Medical marijuana gets green light in TampaVideoArticle Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

Snelling argued that not everyone using medical marijuana is severely ill, with symptoms like insomnia, mood swings and chronic itching qualifying for the drug. She said she is worried misuse will be widespread.
“Voting for something to be legalized as a medicine by popular vote or through legislative does not make it a prescription drug,” said Miller.

Secondhand Pot Smoke Just As Bad For Heart As Tobacco

August 21, 2017 - 19:55
Link: Secondhand Pot Smoke Just As Bad For Heart As TobaccoArticle Date: Monday, August 21, 2017Monday, August 21, 2017Tags:

The main finding was that when rats were exposed to secondhand smoke from marijuana for one minute, their arteries became less efficient at carrying enough blood for at least 90 minutes, whereas similar exposure to secondhand smoke from tobacco caused impairment that fully recovered within 30 minutes (exposure to clean air in the exposure chamber did not cause impairment). (It is important to understand that arteries of rats and humans are similar in how they respond to tobacco smoke, so the response of rat arteries to marijuana smoke is expected to be a valid indication of how human arteries respond to marijuana smoke.)

Clearing the Smoke: Workplace Safety Issues Clouded by Medical Marijuana

August 21, 2017 - 19:42
Link: Clearing the Smoke: Workplace Safety Issues Clouded by Medical MarijuanaArticle Date: Monday, August 21, 2017Monday, August 21, 2017Tags:

Marijuana’s Negative Effects
Construction workers must have full use of their skills and faculties while performing their jobs. Medical marijuana may have positive medical benefits, but there are also well-documented negative effects. Some negative effects to the central nervous system include changes in sensory perception, altered thought formation and expression, short-term memory problems, and impaired thinking and learning. Negative physical effects include impaired motor performance, loss of balance and coordination, decreased attentiveness and alertness, prolonged response time to stimuli and danger, decreased ability to judge distance and space, and impaired ability to perform complex tasks.

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