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Marijuana Treats Look Like Familiar Sweets

  In the first 5 months of this year,  nine children had been treated at the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Aurora for ingesting marijuana.  Seven of these children were in intensive care.    By August, at least 3 more children had been in emergency treatment for marijuana at the same hospital. The first stores for recreational […]


Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know Today

Today’s Reality Even if you smoked pot 20+ years ago without harm, today’s situation is different.  We want our children to avoid marijuana because they care about the risks in marijuana itself. Here’s the facts for raising your children today: * Marijuana has been modified since 1994. The THC, which gives the high, is 3-10x […]


Marijuana and Other Drugs: A Link We Can’t Ignore

Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s 2017 publication references academic studies which suggest that marijuana primes the brain for other types of drug usage.  Here’s the summary on that subject from page 4, Marijuana and Other Drugs: A Link We Can’t Ignore : MORE THAN FOUR in 10 people who ever use marijuana will go on to […]


Mass Illnesses Due to Marijuana Edibles, Brownies, Candy

Mass Illness from Marijuana Edibles in San Francisco There’s more potential for overdose from edibles than smoked marijuana, although the teen in Seattle who jumped to his death last December did it after smoking pot for the first time.  Two shocking incidents in California suggest that overdose emergencies will increase if that states vote to […]


The Marijuana Policy Initiative: Don’t Commercialize Marijuana.

A volunteer non-partisan coalition of people from across the US and Canada who have come to understand the negative local-to-global public health and safety implications of an organized, legal, freely-traded, commercialized and industrialized marijuana market. Here’s What’s Coming to Your Back Yard — A tour of a Colorado Commercial Marijuana Operation Our colleague,  Jo McGuire, […]


Treatment for Cannabis Use Disorders: A Case Report

It is vital that physicians—particularly psychiatrists who are on the frontlines with patients who struggle with cannabis use—are able to identify and characterize cannabis use disorders; provide education; and offer effective, evidence-based treatments. This article provides a brief overview of each of these topics by walking through clinical decision-making with a case vignette that touches […]


11 Fishers teens hospitalized after eating THC-laced gummy bears

La Porte, Ind. – Authorities with the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office say 11 teens from Fishers were hospitalized after eating gummy bears laced with THC, an active ingredient found in marijuana. Police began investigating the incident just before midnight on Thursday after they were dispatched on a medical call to the 5200 N block […]


Psychosis relapse, medication non-adherence, and cannabis

In The Lancet Psychiatry, Schoeler and colleagues present a study1 describing the mediating effect of medication adherence on the association between continued cannabis use and relapse risk in patients with first-episode psychosis. They have previously reported a relapse rate of 36% in this patient group over a 2-year period.2 Acknowledging the potential risk of psychosis […]


Drinking alcohol while pregnant harms kids for generations – study

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy could harm not just a woman’s unborn child, but her grandchildren and beyond. Researchers in the US have found brain abnormalities linked to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), at least in mice, can be passed down through the generations. “Traditionally, prenatal ethanol exposure from maternal consumption of alcohol was thought to […]


Cannabis is worth bothering with

Investigating the proposition that cannabis is worth bothering with, this hot topic looks at reports that stronger cannabis on the market is increasing harms to users, prospects of recovery from disorders and dependence, and the emerging response to synthetic forms of cannabis like ‘spice’. CANNABIS IN THE LAW A controlled ‘Class B’ substance, cannabis carries […]


Weed Warning: Legalizing Marijuana Tied to Rise in Crashes in 3 States by HLDI

Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about three percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, a new insurance report has found. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) report says that more drivers admit to using marijuana, and the substance is showing […]


Patterns Of Cannabis Use During Adolescence And Their Association With Harmful Substance Use Behaviour

Findings From A UK Birth Cohort ABSTRACT Background Evidence on the role of cannabis as a gateway drug is inconsistent. We characterise patterns of cannabis use among UK teenagers aged 13–18 years, and assess their influence on problematic substance use at age 21 years. Methods We used longitudinal latent class analysis to derive trajectories of […]

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Jean Raspail
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"Universal prevention initiatives are important elements of a comprehensive prevention strategy that should include selective and indicated prevention initiatives as well. In order to prevent the development of dependence you need all three - and you cannot do without universal prevention. Norms, attitudes, availability are important risk factors for developing drug use problems as well as neighbourhood disorganization and weak family bonds."

Christina Gynna, Deputy National Drugs Policy Co-ordinator, Sweden,
at the ICAA conference in Budapest, 24 October 2005


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