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Early Marijuana Use Leads to Later Brain Problems

November 17th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Young adults who began smoking marijuana before age 16 performed worse on cognitive tests compared to those who began smoking after age 16, says researcher Staci Ann Gruber, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, Boston. She presented her findings at a news conference Monday at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.
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Marijuana legalization visualized

November 17th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Marijuana legalization
The political hullabaloo over Prop 19 has all but passed since voters came out against the measure that would’ve legalized the recreational use of marijuana earlier this month. Still, proponents of the proposition, along with Governor Schwarzenegger, believe that it failed because it was poorly written, not because Californians are against pot legalization. Ream more »

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Marijuana Smoking Results in Poor Mental Abilities

November 16th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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A recent research has revealed the not-so-generous side of chronic pot smoking. Researchers involved in the study have stated that the conclusion they reached after the study was that early pot smokers were more likely to falter in executive functions in contrast to those who do not smoke marijuana.

The results of the study have concluded that people who start smoking earlier tend to lose out on mental abilities, as teenage years happen to be crucial for mental development. Functions like planning, flexibility, and abstract thinking are affected because of smoking pot. Ream more »

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Arizona Becomes 15th State to Approve Medical Marijuana

November 15th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Medical Marijuana
The decision makes Arizona the 15th state to have approved a medical marijuana law. California was the first in 1996, and 13 other states and the District of Columbia followed.

The ballot measure on the issue, Proposition 203, won by just 4,341 votes out of more than 1.67 million ballots counted, according to final tallies announced on Saturday.
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Alcohol and Marijuana Use by Teens Harms Intellect

November 15th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Alcohol and Marijuana
A new study has been released from The University of New Mexico School of Medicine comparing the mental abilities of teens that abused alcohol and marijuana to those who abstained from drugs. The results of this research are reported in the study Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Overall, this new study supports the idea that alcohol and marijuana use impairs the mental abilities of teens.
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Marijuana policy change still likely in Conn.

November 12th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Marijuana policy
As a drug policy activist, I found the results of the Nov. 2 elections both disappointing and informative. It was disappointing because, out of four major marijuana policy bills I hoped and expected to pass (Prop 19 in California, Prop 203 in Arizona, Measure 13 in South Dakota, and Measure 74 in Oregon), zero actually did. Ream more »

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L.A. City Council Reviews Medical Marijuana Ordinance

November 12th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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The Los Angeles City Council met behind closed doors Wednesday to consider amending its medical marijuana ordinance, but ultimately postponed a decision until Friday.
When the council approved the ordinance last spring, it allowed up to 180 dispensaries to stay open — specifically, those that registered with the city before a moratorium in 2007 — provided their operators kept a certain distance from homes, schools, religious institutions and other dispensaries. Ream more »

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Drug agents urge opposition to medical marijuana bill

November 11th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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The California and Colorado medical marijuana statutes are causing problems in their states and nationally.

And if Illinois passes Senate Bill 1381, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois, many of the same problems may plague Illinois.

That was the message of two law enforcement officials who spoke with a handful of residents about the problems with the proposed bill this week at the Timberlake Club House on Aurora’s West Side.
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Marijuana: Rolling Stone, New York Times tout Nederland as a weed wonderland

November 9th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

weed wonderland
The national media’s fascination with the weedier aspects of Colorado life continues unabated, and the town of Nederland is among the latest beneficiaries. A few weeks back, Nederland’s pot friendliness landed the community on Rolling Stone magazine’s latest “Hot List” in a piece likely read by staffers at the New York Times, whose own take appeared yesterday.
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Medical marijuana supporters are smokin’ mad

November 8th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Medical marijuana
“All we want to do is protect our patients,” according to the leader of a group protesting Nov. 3 outside Kulick Community Center in Ferndale during the preliminary exam of nine defendants arrested in August after a police raid at a medical marijuana facility in Ferndale.
About 90 medical marijuana supporters arrived in three buses from cities across the state for the protest, according to Chuck Ream, co-founder for Safer Michigan Coalition and a member of Michigan Association of Compassion Centers.
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