Teens who vape or use hookah are more likely to use marijuana later, study finds

Teens who used e-cigarettes and hookah were up to four times more likely to use marijuana later, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California surveyed 2,668 students at 10 public high schools in Los Angeles beginning in fall 2013, when they were 14 years old and in ninth grade.

The students answered a paper-and-pencil, phone or internet survey that asked whether they had ever used (or had used in the past 30 days) e-cigarettes, combustible cigarettes or a hookah water pipe. They were also asked whether they had used any type of marijuana product. The use of less popular tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco and cigars was not studied.

In a followup survey in fall 2015, when the students were 16 years old and in 11th grade, the survey asked whether they had used three types of marijuana products: combustible, vaped or edible.

The researchers found that the students who had tried e-cigarettes when they were freshmen had a more than three-fold greater likelihood of ever using marijuana and using marijuana in the past 30 days than students who hadn’t tried e-cigs.

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WQAD 8. “Teens who vape or use hookah are more likely to use marijuana later, study finds” http://www.wqad.com. 6 August 2018 Web. 20 September 2018

Marijuana: Fostering a Chronic State

IFI is very concerned about the move by certain state lawmakers to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Illinois. In 2014, so-called “medical” marijuana became legal in the Land of Lincoln. Over the past four years, state lawmakers and bureaucrats at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have dramatically expanded the qualifying medical conditions. Today, anyone determined to use pot can easily apply for and receive a medical cannabis registry identification card.

According to IDPH’s July Update, there are currently over 39,800 qualified users in the state’s “medical” marijuana registry and there are 55 authorized dispensaries statewide.

In July 2016, Illinois state lawmakers passed legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana (under 10 grams) to a $100–200 fine. In addition, records are expunged twice a year.

But these actions are evidently not enough for some lawmakers and for pro-marijuana activists like George Soros. It seems that to satisfy these enthusiasts, the floodgates must fly open and the right to pursue addiction, vice and intoxication must be made readily available for anyone over the age of twenty-one. (Yet in Colorado, the evidence suggests that teen use has grown dramatically.)

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Illinois Family Institute. “Marijuana: Fostering a Chronic State” http://www.illinoisfamily.org. 23 July 2018 Web. 18 September 2018.0

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.”

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The Post Journal. “Local State Reps Against Legalizing Recreational Marijuana” http://www.post-journal.com. 20 August 2018 Web. 13 September 2018.0

Marijuana poisoning cases in dogs on the rise

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon brought a significant increase in pot poisoning in animals, a more serious problem than it sounds.

Dr. Adam Stone, a veterinarian at Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, was working at a Portland animal hospital when recreational marijuana retail sales became legal.

“We saw more cases of marijuana toxicity in the first couple months of 2016 than we had in the previous year,” Stone, 31, said. “There was a pretty severe increase once it was legalized recreationally.”

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Corvallis Gazette-Times. “Marijuana poisoning cases in dogs on the rise” http://www.gazettetimes.com. 19 August 2018 Web. 11 September 2018.

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.

The 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.”

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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.

Marijuana fumes dispute drives Augusta condo neighbors to court

A judge has ordered the medical marijuana patient to stop smoking at home, at least temporarily. One homeowner says secondhand marijuana smoke sickens her; the smoker, a neighbor, says she needs medical marijuana for her own health.

Now their dispute is in Kennebec County Superior Court, where Philip and Jessica Manfre are suing Ashley Seile. Both parties are owners and occupants of adjacent condominiums at 136 Old Winthrop Road in Augusta. The Manfres live above Seile’s ground-floor unit in the secluded, two-story, eight-unit building near Interstate 95.

The case is pending, but the problem is likely to arise more in states such as Maine that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana.

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Central Maine News. “Marijuana fumes dispute drives Augusta condo neighbors to court” http://www.centralmaine.com. 3 August 2018 Web. 4 September 2018.

Marijuana Users Grossly Underachieve

Dr. Drew W. Edwards: All the independent, peer-reviewed research confirms what I and other experts have observed for years. Cannabis users significantly underachieve in education, their careers, and have significant problems with their most significant relationships. Two recent and eye-opening studies published in the medical journals Addiction, and Neuropharmacology respectively reveal gross deficits in cognitive ability (IQ) executive functioning, attentiveness, inhibition of impulsiveness and motivation.

What the Studies Reveal

In a large prospective study, approximately 1900 adolescent were followed and evaluated for 10 years. The results were clear, definitive and shocking. Marijuana users were three times more likely to be unemployed or have dropped out of school compared to non-users.

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Parents Opposed To Pot. “Marijuana Users Grossly Underachieve” http://www.poppot.org. 18 July 2018 Web. 30 August 2018.

Driving High Is Driving Impaired

Driving under the influence of marijuana is driving impaired

Driving while impaired by drugs is illegal and subject to the same penalties as driving while impaired by alcohol. Penalties for DUIs can include expensive fines, license revocation and jail time. Convictions must remain on your record for 75 years.

Drug-impaired driving is deadly

In 2016, drug-impaired drivers caused 934 crashes, killing 440 people, including themselves, their passengers, and others on the road. (DHSMV data)

The five signs of impairment

Drivers under the influence of marijuana can experience: 1. A slowed reaction time; 2. Limited short-term memory functions; 3. Decreased hand-eye coordination; 4. Weakened concentration; and 5. Difficulty perceiving time and distance.

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Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. “Driving High Is Driving Impaired” http://www.flhsmv.gov. Web. 28 August 2018.

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens

The teen years are a time of rapid growth, exploration, and onset of risk taking. Taking risks with new behaviors provides kids and teens the opportunity to test their skills and abilities and discover who they are. But, some risk behaviors—such as using marijuana—can have harmful and long-lasting effects on a teen’s health and well-being.

Unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain.

Negative effects include:

  • Difficulty thinking and problem solving.
  • Problems with memory and learning.
  • Impaired coordination.
  • Difficulty maintaining attention.

Center For Disease Control and Prevention. “What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens” http://www.cdc.com. 13 April 2018. Web. 23 August 2018.

Marijuana and Spice Use Can Affect an Embryo’s Brain

Smoking today’s high-potency marijuana or using synthetic forms of weed can be dangerous during pregnancy. Researchers suggest that it may damage the developing embryo’s brain as early as two weeks after conception. For this reason, if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you might want to avoid smoking pot.

Earlier studies which showed no adverse effects of smoking marijuana for pregnant women were conducted with smokers of “traditional” marijuana, according to researchers at Texas A&M University. But today’s strains of bioengineered weed can contain up to 20 times more THC.

Furthermore, the fake weed products known as K2 or Spice contain highly potent TCH analogs or synthetic cannabinoids. These are 500 to 600 times more potent than THC.

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VeryWell Mind. “Marijuana and Spice Use Can Affect an Embryo’s Brain” http://www.verywellmind.com. 16 July 2018. Web. 21 August 2018.