Young Canadians face heightened crash risk after consuming cannabis, new study finds
Young Canadians are more at risk of a vehicle crash even five hours after inhaling cannabis, according to results of a clinical trial conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University, and funded by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
The research found that performance declined significantly, in key areas such as reaction time, even five hours after inhaling the equivalent of less than one typical joint.
Medical Xpress. “Young Canadians face heightened crash risk after consuming cannabis, new study finds” http://www.medicalxpress.com. 15 October 2018 Web. 8 November 2018
Marijuana use suspected in fatal I-70 crash near Genesee
Troopers say the driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The Denver Post. “Marijuana use suspected in fatal I-70 crash near Genesee” http://www.denverpost.com. 11 September 2018 Web. 4 October 2018
Local [New York] State Reps Against Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
Both local state representatives in the [New York] senate and assembly are against the legalization of recreational marijuana.
“I am opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana,” Young said. “I think it sends a mixed message when the (state) Department of Health comes out in favor of adult recreational use of marijuana, while at the same time, the state spends $30 million a year highlighting the dangers of smoking and on anti-smoking campaigns. Marijuana smoke has the same carcinogens as tobacco smoke. It is just as dangerous.”
The Post Journal. “Local State Reps Against Legalizing Recreational Marijuana” http://www.post-journal.com. 20 August 2018 Web. 13 September 2018.0
North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association makes statement on recreational marijuana
The North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association is urging a “No” vote this November on recreational marijuana.
The legalizing of marijuana will be on the November ballot as Measure 3.
aThe North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was having a conference this week in Minot. The group voted on a resolution about Measure 3 during their meeting today.
In a press release, the group says “The North Dakota Peace Officers Association cannot support the blatant contradictions the content of Measure 3 presents against current laws, and the possible dangers the measure presents to North Dakota citizens. Measure 3 appears to go beyond legalizing a controlled substance and it would prohibit legislative ability to implement reasonable restrictions of its use.”
My ND Now. “North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association makes statement on recreational marijuana” http://www.myndnow.com. 17 August 2018 Web. 6 September 2018.
[California] State Controller Betty Yee Injured In Crash Involving Suspected Marijuana DUI Driver
California State Controller Betty Yee was injured in a crash involving a driver suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, the California Highway Patrol said on Friday.
The driver of the Nissan, Aaron Ba Sean George, 25, suffered major injuries in the crash. George is suspected of driving on the influence of marijuana and was transported to the hospital for his injuries.
Yee and her husband were injured and transported to the hospital, but are expected to survive.
CBS Sacramento. “State Controller Betty Yee Injured In Crash Involving Suspected Marijuana DUI Driver” http://www.sacramento.cbslocal.com. 13 July 2018. Web. 9 August 2018.
The risky business of marijuana butane honey oil operations
Fires and explosions occurring at marijuana butane honey oil extraction (BHO) operations have increased significantly over the past several years, according to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) in Ontario.
There are inherent hazards and dangers associated with the extraction process due to the volatile fuels utilized by the manufactures of the illicit marijuana concentrate product. The incidents, which are occurring at illegal drug producing facilities, have caused serious injuries, property damage and even death to those involved in the manufacturing process as well as members of the public. It is an issue all first responders must be prepared to handle, especially as the legislation governing marijuana is set to change in Canada.
Blue Line. “The risky business of marijuana butane honey oil operations” http://www.blueline.ca. 18 June 2018. Web. 24 July 2018.
Study: Fatal Accidents Involving Drivers High on Marijuana Soars
States that have legalized marijuana, like Washington, are seeing a spike in fatal accidents involving drivers who have used pot, according to a AAA study.
NBC News. “Study: Fatal Accidents Involving Drivers High on Marijuana Soars” http://www.nbcnews.com. 10 May 2018. Web. 12 July 2018.
Marijuana Addiction Is Growing And Teens Face The Highest Risk, Health Officials Say
As more states move to legalize its medicinal and recreational use, marijuana is becoming more addictive, public health officials warn, likely because of its rising potency, which has been engineered to placate habitual users and hook new ones.
Nearly 9 percent of marijuana users will become dependent on it, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, increasing to about 17 percent in those who started using it in their teens.
David Smith, a physician who treats drug abuse, told The Washington Post that selective breeding of the cannabis plant can up its content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the psychoactive ingredient that gets users high—which could increase its addictive properties, particularly among young people.
“Back in the day when kids were sitting around smoking a joint, the THC levels found in marijuana averaged from 2 to 4 percent,” Smith told the Post. “That’s what most parents think is going on today. And that’s why society thinks marijuana is harmless.”
In 1995, the average potency of cannabis peaked at 4 percent, then 12 percent in 2014. THC levels have climbed sharply since. As of 2018, average potency hit 20 percent, but that’s not the limit: increasingly popular marijuana extracts, known as “dabs,” contain anywhere from 40 to 80 percent THC, a Drug Enforcement Administration report stated.
Newsweek. “Marijuana Addiction Is Growing And Teens Face The Highest Risk, Health Officials Say” http://www.newsweek.com. 25 June 2018. Web. 5 July 2018.
School resource officers report increase in marijuana usage in schools
A survey of school resource officers are giving a closer look at marijuana use by students.
30 percent of officers taking part in the survey said they have seen an increase of marijuana-related incidents in their schools.
The survey also showed 58 percent of drug incidents reported to the State Board of Education were marijuana-related.
News Channel 20. “School resource officers report increase in marijuana usage in schools” http://www.newschannel20.com. 12 June 2018. Web. 14 June 2018.
Exposure to Advertisements and Marijuana Use Among US Adolescents
A study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that exposure to marijuana advertisements is prevalent among adolescents. More than half of respondents in the 2014 and 2015 study reported some level of exposure to marijuana advertisements. Exposures were through a wide range of media channels, and the internet was the most common channel, followed by television, magazines or newspapers, radio, stores, and billboards, in that order. It is not surprising that adolescents reported the greatest exposure through the internet, because adolescents spend a substantial amount of time online. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center report, 92% of teenagers go online daily, including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly”. Digital media, including social media sites, were reported to be common sources for observing marijuana advertising. The marijuana industry might follow the similar strategy from tobacco industry to entice adolescents so that they might become regular users in the future. Federal and state regulations on marijuana advertisements are needed to prevent exposure among adolescents. Colorado passed rules to restrict retail marijuana establishments from using television, radio, print, and internet advertisements for adolescents under the age of 21.
Despite limitations, this study found that exposure to marijuana advertisements is prevalent among 8th-grade, 10th-grade, and 12-grade adolescents in the United States: 58.7% of respondents reported some level of exposure to marijuana advertisements in recent months. Exposure to marijuana advertisements was significantly associated with higher odds of marijuana use among adolescents. Regulations on marijuana advertisements and educational campaigns on harmfulness of illicit marijuana use are needed.
National Center for Biotechnology Information. “Exposure to Advertisements and Marijuana Use Among US Adolescents” www.ncbi.gov. 30 November 2017. Web. 31 May 2018.
Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally
Arrests in Colorado of black and Latino youth for marijuana possession have increased 58% and 29% respectively after legalization. MORE
Hunt, Jeff. “Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally.” usatoday.com. 7 August 2017. Web. 18 August 2017.
Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis: Forever Feared, Not Yet Found
Fentanyl is the synthetic opioid that delivers a high 100 times more powerful than morphine. “A few hundred micrograms–the weight of a single grain of salt–are enough to trigger heroin-like bliss,” writes the Globe and Mail. “But the line between euphoria and fatal overdose is frighteningly thin: An amount the size of two grains of salt can kill a healthy adult.” MORE
Leafly. “Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis: Forever Feared, Not Yet Found.” 420intel.com. 10 August 2017. Web. 10 August 2017.