State Votes on Recreational Marijuana Could Raise Stronger Challenge to Federal Ban

State Votes on Recreational Marijuana Could Raise Stronger Challenge to Federal Ban
Five states will vote next month whether to legalize recreational marijuana. If the states vote to legalize the drug, the federal government’s ban on marijuana will face a stronger challenge, The New York Times reports. California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada will be voting on legalization initiatives. Recreational marijuana is already legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. In August, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it would not reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses. Marijuana is a Schedule I drug with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” A recent report estimated that if California legalizes recreational marijuana, the nation’s current $6 billion legal marijuana industry would triple in size.
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New Poll Finds 60 Percent of American Adults Say Marijuana Should be Legal

New Poll Finds 60 Percent of American Adults Say Marijuana Should be Legal
A new Gallup poll finds 60 percent of American adults believe marijuana should be legal. A recent study released by the Pew Research Center found 57 percent of U.S. adults say they support legalizing marijuana. In 1969, only 12 percent of Americans supported marijuana legalization, according to Gallup. Support for legalization has risen among almost every demographic group in the past decade, according to The Washington Post . Almost 80 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 favor legalization, up from 44 percent in 2005. Five states—California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada—will vote on marijuana legalization in November. Marijuana is legal for personal use in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia.
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57 Percent of U.S. Adults Say They Support Legalizing Marijuana

57 Percent of U.S. Adults Say They Support Legalizing Marijuana
A new study by the Pew Research Center finds 57 percent of U.S. adults say they support legalizing marijuana. A decade ago, only 32 percent of adults said they favored legalization. The study found 66 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Republicans favor legalization, Reuters reports. Adults ages 18 to 35 are more than twice as likely to support legalization of marijuana as they were in 2006 (71 percent today, up from 34 percent in 2006). They are significantly more likely to support legalization than older adults. On November 8, five states—Massachusetts, Maine, California, Arizona and Nevada—will vote on whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
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Increase in Marijuana Use Seen in College Students, While Use of Opioids Declines

Increase in Marijuana Use Seen in College Students, While Use of Opioids Declines
College students in the United States are using more marijuana than in previous years, according to a new study. Last year 38 percent of college students said they used marijuana in the past year, up from 30 percent in 2006. Use of other drugs, including opioids and amphetamines, declined among college students, HealthDay reports. The findings come from the Monitoring the Future study, conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. More students may be using marijuana because of a decrease in perceived risk, the researchers say. “This increase in use and decrease in perceived risk of harm regarding marijuana use should be taken seriously by college administrators, parents and students themselves,” study co-lead researcher John Schulenberg said in a news release.
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Doctors Feel Ill-Equipped to Counsel Patients About Medical Uses of Marijuana

Doctors Feel Ill-Equipped to Counsel Patients About Medical Uses of Marijuana
Many doctors feel ill-equipped to counsel their patients about the potential medical uses of marijuana, USA Today reports. Some states are establishing physician training programs to address marijuana’s health effects. Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana. Some states are starting to require doctors to take continuing medical education classes that discuss how marijuana interacts with other medications and affects the nervous system. In most states that allow medical marijuana, patients with qualifying medical conditions must receive certification from a doctor. Many doctors say that without knowing the health effects of marijuana, they are uncomfortable writing a certification. Many also say they are uneasy about dealing with medical marijuana because the drug remains illegal under federal law.
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DEA Announces Actions Related To Marijuana and Industrial Hemp

DEA Announces Actions Related To Marijuana and Industrial Hemp
DEA has denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In response to the petitions, DEA requested a scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in consultation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Based on the legal standards in the CSA, marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance because it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse. In his letter to the petitioners, DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg offered a detailed response outlining the factual and legal basis for the denial of the petitions. The full response to the petitions can be found in...
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High School Students More Likely to Smoke Marijuana Than to Binge Drink

High School Students More Likely to Smoke Marijuana Than to Binge Drink
High school students are more likely to use marijuana than to binge drink, a new report indicates. The report found the jurisdictions with the highest percentage of high school students who say they smoked marijuana in the past month are Washington, D.C., New Mexico, Washington, Connecticut and Vermont. Almost one-third of students in Washington, D.C. said they smoke marijuana. The states with the highest percentage of high school students who said they engaged in binge drinking in the past month are West Virginia, Montana, New Jersey, Iowa and Arkansas, The Washington Post reports. The findings come from Project Know , a website that connects people to alcohol and drug addiction treatment resources. Click here for a link to the study.
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Two Pieces of Bad News about Pot Legalization

Two Pieces of Bad News about Pot Legalization
Rates of Marijuana Poisoning Skyrocket Among Colorado Kids & Stoned Driving Increases in Washington Since "Retail Legalization" Two significant studies released showed continuing problems of legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington State. The first study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , found that marijuana poisoning cases among children in Colorado has been rising an average of 34 percent per year -- almost double the average 19 percent annual increase in the rest of the United States. The second study, conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, found a statistically significant increase in daytime stoned driving in Washington State since its implementation of legal retail marijuana sales in 2014. With respect to the Colorado study, about half of the cases of child marijuana poisoning involved edible pot products. The average stay at the hospital was 11 hours. Moreover, the researchers concluded that, "Almost half of the...
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Medical Experts Raise Alarms About Marijuana “Dabbing”

Medical Experts Raise Alarms About Marijuana “Dabbing”
Medical experts are concerned about marijuana “dabbing,” a potentially dangerous way of using the drug. Dabbing appears to be increasingly popular among young people in New York City, according to The New York Times . According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), dabbing is a method used to convert marijuana into a concentrate. It uses butane, which is highly flammable, to extract THC from the cannabis plant. THC is the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. This process has resulted in violent explosions, the DEA noted. While marijuana in its traditional plant form has a THC concentration of about 20 percent, the wax used for dabbing can have a concentration of up to 80 percent, according to the DEA. “In this process, shredded or ground up plant material is stuffed into a glass, metal, or plastic pipe, with a filter on one end and then the butane is forced in the open...
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AAA Report: No Scientific Basis for Setting Legal Limits for Marijuana and Driving

AAA Report: No Scientific Basis for Setting Legal Limits for Marijuana and Driving
A new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concludes there is no scientific basis for setting legal limits for marijuana and driving. These limits are arbitrary and unsupported by science, the group says. States that allow recreational use of marijuana have legal tests for driving while impaired by the drug, the Associated Press reports. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is calling for repeal of those laws. These laws could result in unsafe drivers going free, while others are wrongfully convicted for impaired driving, the group said. In five of the six states that have legalized recreational marijuana, it is presumed a driver is guilty of drugged driving if the person tests higher than the blood-test threshold for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The foundation is recommending that states replace these laws with measures that would allow specially trained police officers to determine if a driver is...
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