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US: Does Marijuana Use In Teen Years Cause Memory Problems

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 24 Mar 2015 - Pot and the Brain DOES MARIJUANA USE IN TEEN YEARS CAUSE MEMORY PROBLEMS IN ADULTHOOD? THE QUESTION When a person smokes marijuana, the chemical THC goes quickly to the brain, producing a mood alteration. How might this affect memory?
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US: Obama to Youths: Focus Not On The Pot

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 17 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has a stern message for the younger generation about their political priorities: Care more about climate change and less about marijuana. Obama, who has been open about smoking pot in high school, chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that, if marijuana were legalized, young people would view that as a top item when considering the president's legacy.
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US NY: Students Protest Award Recognizing SUNY Police Drug

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 15 Mar 2015 - SUNY New Paltz students and community activists, led by Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and New York Students Rising (NYSR), held a protest outside of a Police Benevolence Association (PBA) award ceremony recognizing the New Paltz University Police Department's drug arrests for 2013. The ceremony, held Friday at the New Paltz campus, awarded the college's police department for having the most drug-related arrests. Protesting students and community activists were concerned that there may be over policing on the campus.
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US WA: High School Kids Say Pot Easy To Get, Not Harmful

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 13 Mar 2015 - SEATTLE (AP) - Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say marijuana is easy to get and they do not perceive any risk from smoking pot once or twice. While high school smoking of tobacco continues to go down, marijuana use has remained stable since the last healthy youth survey was conducted two years ago, state health officials said Thursday.
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Chronicle AM: NH Decrim Bill Passes House, CO Legal Pot Sales Record, Coca-Chewing Day in Bolivia, More (3/12/15)

Youth (STDW) - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:45

Marijuana stories all over the place, medical marijuana, too; federal drug policy bills (good and bad) get filed, it's it's National Coca-Chewing Day in Bolivia, and more. 

[image:1 align:left]Marijuana Policy

Alaska Legislators Get Earful from Public Over Changes to Legalization Bill. The Senate Finance Committee overhauled Senate Bill 30, the bill that would implement the Measure 2 legalization initiative, by reversing language in the bill that would have removed marijuana from the state's controlled substance schedules and by creating new marijuana crimes. That didn't sit well with the public, who raked the committee over the coals during a hearing yesterday. It's holding another hearing today.

Arizona Legalization Initiative Drafters Grapple with Home Cultivation. A split has emerged between Safer Arizona and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) over including home cultivation language in a proposed legalization initiative. The latest draft of the initiative contains no language allowing for home cultivation, and Safer Arizona is accusing MPP of doing the bidding of dispensary operators, who it says want to corner the market. MPP says it supports home cultivation, but may be willing to sacrifice it if it thinks such a provision could delay ending pot prohibition in a given state. Stay tuned.

Colorado January Recreational Pot Sales Hit Record.  Sales in January were $36.4 million, according to the Department of Revenue, more than double the $14 million reported in January 2014. January recreational pot sales generated nearly $2.35 million in excise taxes designated for schools. Last year was when recreational marijuana sales began rolling out, so it is expected that 2015 is going to be even bigger than 2014, when more than $300 million in recreational sales occurred.

Connecticut Poll Has Solid Majority for Pot Legalization. A new Quinnipiac poll has support for marijuana legalization at 63%, up nine points from the same poll less than a year ago. The poll comes as the Judiciary Committee considers two bills that would legalize it, House Bill 6703 and House Bill 6473.

Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed. Rep. David Rogers (D-Belmont), Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), and 13 bipartisan cosponsors today introduced House Bill 1561, which would legalize marijuana for adults and establish a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. If the legislature doesn't act on legalization, reform advocates are vowing to put an initiative before voters I n 2016.

Michigan Group Plans 2016 Legalization Initiative. A group calling itself the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee said today it is planning a 2016 legalization initiative petition drive. The committee's chairman, Jeffrey Hank, said "the time is right" to create "a responsible tax and regulation scheme for adult use age 21 and over, and permits the farming of hemp."

New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Approves Decriminalization Bill. A veto-proof majority of the House voted yesterday to approve House Bill 618, which would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of pot, five grams of hash, and six pot plants. The House has passed similar measures before, only to see them die in the Senate. If it passes the Senate this year, it still faces a probable veto from Gov. Maggie Hassan (D).   

Medical Marijuana

Federal Judge Reject Prosecution Attempt to Jail Kettle Falls Five Defendants Before Sentencing. Just one week after three medical marijuana patients were acquitted by a federal jury of all but one charge stemming from the widely watched Kettle Falls Five trial, US District Court Judge Thomas Rice rejected attempts by the Justice Department (DOJ) to imprison the defendants pending sentencing on June 10th. Judge Rice's ruling comes just a day after defense attorneys filed their opposition to the government's pre-sentencing detention effort

Hawaii House Approves Dispensary Bill. The House Tuesday gave its approval to a bill that would allow for at least 26 dispensaries to open across the state. The measure is House Bill 321.

Iowa CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Moves. A bill that would expand medical marijuana access in the Hawkeye State won a subcommittee vote in the state Senate yesterday. The legislature last year approved a law allowing for the use of CBD cannabis oil for epilepsy, but didn't provide for the legal distribution of the oil. The current bill would do that, as well as expand the number of qualifying conditions.

Pennsylvania Poll Shows Growing Support for Medical Marijuana. A new Robert Morris University poll has support for medical marijuana at 67.5%, up more than 11 points from a similar Robert Morris poll last year. At least three medical marijuana bills are currently before the General Assembly.

Tennessee CBD Cannabis Oil Wins Committee Vote. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has approved House Bill 197, which would allow people with seizures to use CBD cannabis oil with a doctor's recommendation. The bill now goes to the full House Criminal Committee.

Asset Forfeiture

Texas Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. State Rep. David Simpson has introduced House Bill 3171 to repeal civil asset forfeiture. "No one should forfeit their property without being convicted of a crime," the Republican said. "Our current civil forfeiture provisions, though a well-intended tool for law enforcement, have eroded the constitutional rights of individuals. It is time we end the practice."

Rehabilitation and Reentry

Federal Bill to Seal or Expunge Records for Nonviolent Offenses Filed. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed Senate Bill 675, which provides for the sealing or expungement of records relating to federal nonviolent criminal offenses. It's been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Connecticut Poll Finds Strong Support for Reducing Penalties for Drug Offenses. A new Quinnipiac poll finds two-third (67%) of voters support making simple drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony and 82% support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for small-time drug possessions.

Harm Reduction

Federal Bill to Encourage Use of Opiate Overdose Drug Filed. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Edward Markey (D-MA) yesterday filed the Opioid Overdose Reduction Act, which would  "protect first responders, health professionals and family members who are educated in administering an opioid overdose prevention drug, such as naloxone (also known as Narcan) in an emergency situation of overdose. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) plans to introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives in the coming weeks. The bill is not yet available on the congressional website. Similar legislation was filed last year.

Law Enforcement

Federal Bill Aimed at Candy-Coated Drugs Filed. Octogenarian Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) today filed the Candy-Flavored Drugs Act, under which ""criminals who manufacture, create, distribute, dispense or possess candy coated drugs with the intent to distribute them to a minor would get up to 10 years for the first offense and 20 years for the second offense." The bill is not yet available on the congressional website.


It's National Coca Chewing Day in Bolivia. Bolivian social movements are marching from the La Paz suburb of El Alto toward Villaroel Square in the capital to commemorate National Coca-Leaf Chewing Day. The event is part of a domestic and international campaign to restore the traditional uses of the coca leaf. 

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CN BC: Share Talk On Kids, Drugs

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
The Tri-Cities Now, 11 Mar 2015 - Outside of the birds and bees, it could be the most important conversation parents have with their kids. The SHARE Family & Community Services Society will host an information session for parents and caregivers on Monday, March 30 to examine how to talk to kids about drug and alcohol use. The event aims to help adults prepare for the discussion itself, while offering options to make that talk a productive one.
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CN BC: Justin Trudeau Tells UBC Students He Wants Supervised Injection

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:00
The Georgia Straight, 05 Mar 2015 - Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed his support for an expansion of supervised injection services across Canada. At the same event, the would-be prime minister also restated his belief that hard drugs should not be decriminalized. Trudeau was speaking in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia on March 4.
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CN ON: OPED: Stripping Youth Rights

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 08:00
Guelph Mercury, 02 Mar 2015 - An excerpt from a Red Deer (Alta.) Advocate editorial: Is it time for a second look at laws that empower Canada's school authorities the right to break the rules guaranteed under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The recent strip search of a 15-year-old female student in Quebec City who was suspected of selling or carrying pot has raised the question.
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US CT: State's Medical Pot Law Turns Child Into Refugee

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
The Day, 23 Feb 2015 - Child Lives in Maine With Mom Because She's Too Young to Use Drug Legally in Connecticut to Treat Her Epileptic Seizures At the family's request, Rep. Kevin Ryan, D-Montville, introduced a bill in the current session to lift the age restriction on medical marijuana. It is pending in the Public Health Committee.
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UK: Clever Teenagers Most At Risk Of 'Skunk' Psychosis

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 08:00
The Mail on Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 - BRITAIN'S brightest teenagers are among those most at risk of mental illness caused by smoking a potent form of cannabis, a leading expert has warned. Professor Sir Robin Murray said it tended to be 'clever and sociable' youngsters who were damaged by using the super-strong strain of the drug, known as skunk.
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CN BC: Teen Drug Abuse Concerns Grow

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 20 Feb 2015 - Despite the benefits of medical marijuana, concerns are lighting up over the detrimental effect the drug is producing in kids, as it becomes increasingly accepted. More than 200 people, including parents, youth, doctors and even 40 cadets, turned out a recent presentation focussed on the impacts that marijuana, alcohol and tobacco are having on kids.
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US CT: Bill Would Allow Pot Use For Ill Children

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 08:00
New Haven Register, 15 Feb 2015 - When Connecticut passed its medical marijuana program in 2012, Meehan said she was "ecstatic" until she saw the 18-year-old age limitation, which left her "devastated ... crushed." Cyndimae Meehan, 12 years old, was suffering as many as 2,000 seizures a day from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet's syndrome.
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US CT: Bill Would Allow Pot Use For Ill Children

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 08:00
The Middletown Press, 15 Feb 2015 - Cyndimae Meehan, 12 years old, was suffering as many as 2,000 seizures a day from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet's syndrome. The condition, which she developed at 10 months old (one day after she had been vaccinated, though the connection is unknown) jerks her body violently, over and over. The only thing that has helped has been marijuana, which she consumes in oil form.
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Australia: Drugged Student Crisis In Schools

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Daily Telegraph, 09 Feb 2015 - THE number of students using or possessing drugs in NSW schools is at record levels. On average 20 students are suspended each week after being busted with illicit drugs, with some principals calling it a "crisis".
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Australia: Delays Of Trial May Cost Kids - Doctor

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Northern Star, 09 Feb 2015 - DELAYS OF TRIAL MAY COST KIDS - DOCTOR A MAVERICK Sydney doctor who sacrificed his career to treat epileptic kids with cannabis oil has warned the NSW Government's trial of medicinal cannabis will progress too slowly to save hundreds of sick children.
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US PA: Column: Marijuana and Youth: Much Still Not Known

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 Feb 2015 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement on marijuana and its effects on adolescents and children. Sadly, the main theme is, "We don't know." Among the issues the academy explores:
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CN BC: Report Shows Steady Decline In Substance Abuse In Local Youth

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 30 Jan 2015 - A recent report that looks at the health of B.C. youth shows improvements when it comes to injuries and substance abuse for students in the East Kootenay region. The report is released every five years by the McCreary Centre Society.
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