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Another View: Side effect? Legalized pot corelating with more traffic deaths

September 3, 2017 - 20:49
Link: Another View: Side effect? Legalized pot corelating with more traffic deathsArticle Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017Sunday, September 3, 2017Tags:

The Post reported a 40 percent increase in the number of all drivers, impaired or otherwise, involved in fatal crashes in Colorado between 2013 and 2016. That’s why the Colorado State Patrol posts fatality numbers on electronic signs over the highways.
“Increasingly potent levels of marijuana were found in positive-testing drivers who died in crashes in Front Range counties, according to coroner data since 2013 compiled by The Denver Post. Nearly a dozen in 2016 had levels five times the amount allowed by law, and one was at 22 times the limit. Levels were not as elevated in earlier years,” The Post explained.
All drivers in marijuana-related crashes who survived last year tested at levels indicating use within a few hours of the tests.
The Post found fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol grew 17 percent from 2013 to 2015. Figures for 2016 were not available. Drivers testing positive for pot during that span grew by 145 percent, and “prevalence of testing drivers for marijuana use did not change appreciably, federal fatal-crash data show.”

Substance abuse rarely starts with opiate use on its own

September 2, 2017 - 15:05
Link: Substance abuse rarely starts with opiate use on its ownArticle Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017Saturday, September 2, 2017Tags:

We therefore must educate our youngsters, parents and educators before any use of marijuana or alcohol begins. We then must identify those individuals for whom marijuana or alcohol use has become problematic, getting them into an effective program of treatment before they progress to more dangerous alternatives.
 
Schools must revamp curriculums so children understand that any opioid misuse, be it prescription or street drugs, is a "red line" that they cannot cross.

Palmetto just says “No” to medical marijuana dispensaries

August 28, 2017 - 18:45
Link: Palmetto just says “No” to medical marijuana dispensariesArticle Date: Monday, August 28, 2017Monday, August 28, 2017Tags:

“There are too many unknowns,” said Commissioner Tambra Varnadore. “I don’t have a problem with the use of it, but there are so many rumors out there that it would be potentially abused, so I would rather wait. I feel if our citizens need one, then we can deal with it down the road.”

Florida Counties Banning Marijuana Dispensaries

August 28, 2017 - 13:40
Link: Florida Counties Banning Marijuana DispensariesArticle Date: Monday, August 28, 2017Monday, August 28, 2017Tags:

Updated information on Florida counties and city councils banning 'medical' marijuana dispensaries.

Kissimmee officials have voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

August 28, 2017 - 13:38
Link: Kissimmee officials have voted to ban medical marijuana dispensariesArticle Date: Monday, August 28, 2017Monday, August 28, 2017Tags:

Kissimmee commissioners voted 4 to 1 to ban the dispensaries from opening in town. They don’t believe there is room to regulate effectively the way the law is currently written.

Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?

August 25, 2017 - 19:58
Link: Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?Article Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time, federal and state data show. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most comprehensive look yet into whether roads in the state have become more dangerous since the drug’s legalization.

Tampa Will Finally Get Medical Marijuana

August 25, 2017 - 19:54
Link: Tampa Will Finally Get Medical MarijuanaArticle Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

Two local mothers showed up at the pow-wow to voice their concerns about an influx of dispensaries. One of the mothers, Teresa Miller, believes cannabis acts as a gateway drug.
“Years ago, when my son smoked pot and spring boarded to opioids, a severe addiction, I told myself if I could save one family from going through what our family and thousands of families around our state have gone through with a disease of addiction, then I would,” Miller said.
Miller also showed the council a map of 15 local pharmacies. She claimed she was worried that the dispensaries would expand to a similar number.
“If we get that many pot dispensaries around our country, it’s going to be disastrous. We need to protect our children and our communities.” Miller noted.

Medical marijuana gets the green light in Tampa

August 25, 2017 - 19:13
Link: Medical marijuana gets the green light in TampaArticle Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

Two local mothers spoke out against the plan at Thursday night's meeting.
Teresa Miller, of south Tampa, provided maps showing clusters of local pharmacies.
"Within a two-mile radius there's 15 pharmacies," said Miller. "If we get that many pot dispensaries around our country, it's going to be disastrous. We need to protect our children and our communities."

Medical marijuana gets green light in Tampa

August 25, 2017 - 12:10
Link: Medical marijuana gets green light in TampaVideoArticle Date: Friday, August 25, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017Tags:

Snelling argued that not everyone using medical marijuana is severely ill, with symptoms like insomnia, mood swings and chronic itching qualifying for the drug. She said she is worried misuse will be widespread.
“Voting for something to be legalized as a medicine by popular vote or through legislative does not make it a prescription drug,” said Miller.

Secondhand Pot Smoke Just As Bad For Heart As Tobacco

August 21, 2017 - 19:55
Link: Secondhand Pot Smoke Just As Bad For Heart As TobaccoArticle Date: Monday, August 21, 2017Monday, August 21, 2017Tags:

The main finding was that when rats were exposed to secondhand smoke from marijuana for one minute, their arteries became less efficient at carrying enough blood for at least 90 minutes, whereas similar exposure to secondhand smoke from tobacco caused impairment that fully recovered within 30 minutes (exposure to clean air in the exposure chamber did not cause impairment). (It is important to understand that arteries of rats and humans are similar in how they respond to tobacco smoke, so the response of rat arteries to marijuana smoke is expected to be a valid indication of how human arteries respond to marijuana smoke.)

Clearing the Smoke: Workplace Safety Issues Clouded by Medical Marijuana

August 21, 2017 - 19:42
Link: Clearing the Smoke: Workplace Safety Issues Clouded by Medical MarijuanaArticle Date: Monday, August 21, 2017Monday, August 21, 2017Tags:

Marijuana’s Negative Effects
Construction workers must have full use of their skills and faculties while performing their jobs. Medical marijuana may have positive medical benefits, but there are also well-documented negative effects. Some negative effects to the central nervous system include changes in sensory perception, altered thought formation and expression, short-term memory problems, and impaired thinking and learning. Negative physical effects include impaired motor performance, loss of balance and coordination, decreased attentiveness and alertness, prolonged response time to stimuli and danger, decreased ability to judge distance and space, and impaired ability to perform complex tasks.

Florida school districts still unsure of how to handle medical marijuana

August 21, 2017 - 09:19
Link: Florida school districts still unsure of how to handle medical marijuanaArticle Date: Monday, August 21, 2017Monday, August 21, 2017

The Leon County School District says, for the time being, they wont allow school nurses to administer the medication or hold medical marijuana in schools until the district gets more guidance from the state and DOE.
NOT A PRESCRIPTION

Indian River County approves ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

August 21, 2017 - 09:10
Link: Indian River County approves ban on medical marijuana dispensariesArticle Date: Monday, August 21, 2017Monday, August 21, 2017Tags:

Indian River County joined many governments across the state banning dispensaries rather than accepting them as pharmacies, the only other option allowed in a state law adopted this summer.

Opioid crisis declaration by President Trump welcomed in Florida

August 13, 2017 - 20:02
Link: Opioid crisis declaration by President Trump welcomed in FloridaArticle Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017Sunday, August 13, 2017Tags:

The largest increases in opioid-related deaths in Florida from 2014 to 2015 were from the following drugs: Buprenorphine (up 102 percent), heroin (up 74 percent), fentanyl (up 69 percent), codeine (up 57 percent), and Oxymorphone (up 42 percent).

Many Americans are too drugged-out to work

August 7, 2017 - 20:48
Link: Many Americans are too drugged-out to workArticle Date: Monday, August 7, 2017Monday, August 7, 2017Tags:

: A "clear, steady upward trend in illness/disability as reason for not working among prime-age adults. And even more striking, the level and trend are very similar for men and women, even though most of the attention on this issue is going to men."

Denver District Attorney Urges California Voters to Reject Proposition 64

August 3, 2017 - 21:15
Link: Denver District Attorney Urges California Voters to Reject Proposition 64Article Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017Thursday, August 3, 2017Tags:

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado in 2013 traffic related marijuana deaths have increased 48%, marijuana related emergency room visits have increased 49%, and marijuana related calls to the poison center have increased 100%. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in 2015 statewide homicides in Colorado rose 14.7% over the previous year.
Pueblo, Colorado had the highest homicide rate with 11.1 killings per 100,000 residents. Aurora, Colorado’s homicide rate more than doubled from 2014. Additionally, more places in Colorado were robbed and more thefts occurred, especially vehicle theft. A total of 193,115 vehicles were reported stolen, up 27.7% in 2015 from the previous year. In 2015, sexual assaults rose 10% in Colorado with Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Westminster, and Pueblo all reporting higher numbers as well. The letter also notes:
In the city of Denver since the legalization of recreational marijuana the number of crimes in Denver has grown by about 44%, according to annual figures the city reported to the National Incident Based Reporting System. In 2015 in Denver alone crime rose in every neighborhood in the city. The murder rate hit a decade high, 1059 more cars were broken into, there were 903 more auto thefts, 321 more aggravated assaults and 2321 more homes were broken into compared to 2014.

Legal marijuana in Visalia? It won’t ever get my vote

August 3, 2017 - 21:11
Link: Legal marijuana in Visalia? It won’t ever get my voteArticle Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017Thursday, August 3, 2017Tags:

Crime is common near pot shops, including assaults, robberies and shootings. On July 19, a security guard was killed and three other men were shot at a pot shop in L.A. during an attempted robbery. Gangs and drug dealers don’t view marijuana dispensaries as pharmacies. Rather, they see them as rival drug dealers.
When pot shops open in a business district, complaints of the business neighbors are numerous. Fights, drug use and street drug dealing increase in the area. This, in turn, affects the type of clientele in the area for neighboring businesses.
It is well known that homelessness has increased in Denver and Seattle after legalization. Also, drug dealing dramatically increases law enforcement costs. The San Diego Association of Governments published a report finding that 52% of males arrested tested positive for marijuana in 2015. Thirty-five percent reported committing crimes to support a drug habit.
The Denver district attorney warned in 2016 that every type of crime there increased after marijuana legalization: “The Denver Police Department is busier enforcing marijuana laws and investigating crimes directly related to marijuana, including murders, robberies and home invasions, than any other time in the history of the city.”
And it can get even worse. Pot industry profits are used to buy political influence.

Driver Arrested for Vehicular Homicide in Crash That Killed Centralia Teen

August 3, 2017 - 20:37
Link: Driver Arrested for Vehicular Homicide in Crash That Killed Centralia TeenArticle Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017Thursday, August 3, 2017Tags:

“The facts of the accident included Mr. Siegler being the driver of a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “He subsequently crossed the center lane of travel striking another oncoming vehicle.
Siegler was arrested at his home in rural Rochester and booked into the Thurston County Jail.
Siegler referenced the crash and apparent remorse in a June 30 post on his Facebook page, saying he wanted to pay his respects and that “she deserved better than what happened.”
“I swear I'll live my life for you and your family,” he wrote. “I owe it to you. I'm so sorry. I hope to see you one day in heaven, no matter how much I don't deserve it right now, I just hope you can forgive me. I'm sorry in a way I could never describe. I may not have known you. But I love you and all that you've taught me in this short amount of time.”

Parents of Plant High School student who died of heroin use now meeting with state attorney

August 2, 2017 - 21:18
Link: Parents of Plant High School student who died of heroin use now meeting with state attorneyArticle Date: Friday, July 21, 2017Wednesday, August 2, 2017Tags:

They say they took their daughter to counseling, rehab summer camps, anything to help with her marijuana use and mental health struggles. The day before her overdose, she had passed two drug tests.  Her parents thought they had finally turned a corner.

These college students lost access to legal pot — and started getting better grades

July 30, 2017 - 21:10
Link: These college students lost access to legal pot — and started getting better gradesArticle Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017Sunday, July 30, 2017Tags:

The research on more than 4,000 students, published in the Review of Economic Studies, found that those who lost access to legal marijuana showed substantial improvement in their grades. Specifically, those banned from cannabis cafes had a more than 5 percent increase in their odds of passing their courses. Low performing students benefited even more, which the researchers noted is particularly important because these students are at high-risk of dropping out. The researchers attribute their results to the students who were denied legal access to marijuana being less likely to use it and to suffer cognitive impairments (e.g., in concentration and memory) as a result.

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