The American Society of Addiction Medicine opposes the concept of
"medical marijuana" legalization. The belief that marijuana is
non-addictive is false. The belief that marijuana does not lead to
stronger drugs in susceptible individuals is false. The belief that
there is no marijuana medication already available is false.
The facts are addiction is a genetic disease in most cases, mediated
by dopamine as the primary transmitter.
The drug of choice that causes its release may vary, but any drug that
releases dopamine - which marijuana does - can cause addiction and
lead to a desire for stronger stimulants of release.
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RE: 'Sex, drugs, Cons and polls.'
I sure hope the Harper government won't make policies on legalization
of marijuana and prostitution based on public opinion polls. There is
more downside than upside on both issues. Marijuana legalization
would lead to more young people trying this harmful narcotic. Taking
prostitutes off the street and putting them in brothels rather than
protecting them, may leave them at the mercy of their pimps out of
the public eye. In both cases, organized crime will gain a
stronghold. This has happened in every country where legalization has
(Sadly, leadership-by-public-opinion is the flavour of the day.)
Tracy has been selling marijuana in Pueblo for 20 years.
At first, the legalization of recreational pot seemed it might be a
problem for business, especially when the retail shops opened, as
they did on Wednesday. Colorado became the first place in the world
where people can buy the weed legally on an open market.
After Coloradans voted 55-45 percent in 2012 to legalize the use of
marijuana, the Legislature and local governments started piling on
the taxes and fees, and Tracy, not the dealer's real name, figured
that the underground business would not suffer after the novelty of
going to an outlet to purchase marijuana wears off.
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The first medical marijuana growing facility in the
Boundary-Similkameen should be in operation within the next couple of
months, says MLA Linda Larson.
Larson and Penticton MLA Dan Ashton discussed new federal pot
legislation and several other topics during a year-end appearance
before the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board.
Larson declined to state exactly where the indoor pot facility is
located, but noted it is very isolated.
"It is a big facility, but you will never find it. You won't know
where it is," she said. "It has the highest security you could
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I share with Stephen Gray Wallace the goal of "keeping young people
safe, alive and in pursuit of the positive youth outcomes they seek."
However, I question his understanding of the latest "Monitoring the
Future" data concerning adolescent marijuana use reflected in his
recent guest opinion.
Actually, the latest Monitoring the Future data admittedly reveals no
statistically significant change over the recent past. Teen use
remains well below the data point established in 1979.
This "sky is falling" worldview blames recent law reforms for an
increase in teen use that does not exist. It ignores the Northwestern
study author's conclusion that more study is needed to determine
"whether cannabis use contributes to these observed shape differences
or whether they are biomarkers of a vulnerability to the effects of
cannabis that predate its misuse."
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DENVER -- One Rapid City man who was in downtown Denver, Colo., the
first day of legal marijuana sales referred to the day as a "calm
riot" with very little conflict.
Daniel Elsasser, 24, was in Denver celebrating the New Year's holiday
when the state law legalizing recreational weed took effect,
resulting in lines more than a block long at some dispensaries.
"My friends and I waited in line at a dispensary for about four
hours," Elsasser said. "We did it for the whole principal of buying
legal marijuana -- going into a store, making a legal purchase, and
coming out. And it totally being OK."
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Media attention this week turned to Colorado, where the nation's
first recreational pot shops opened for business.
Could it happen here? It's possible some day, but complicated.
In California, lawful marijuana use is restricted to authorized
medical patients, and signatures are being gathered now for the
latest effort to ask state voters to consider Colorado-style access to pot.
And while medical marijuana is legal, more than 200 local governments
across California and in the Inland area have banned medical
marijuana dispensaries, based on a law created in Riverside and
upheld in May by the California Supreme Court.
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DENVER (AP) -The second day of the nation's first fully legal
marijuana industry was just a bit less frenzied than the first.
Rather than hundred-deep lines outside the limited number of licensed
retail shops, the queues held several dozen.
Still, there were so many pot shoppers that one retailer asked
customers to come back today. Here's a look at the new normal in Colorado:
HOW MUCH FOR AN EIGHTH?:
Colorado has no statewide pricing structure, and by midafternoon on
the first day, one dispensary was charging $70 for one-eighth of an
ounce of high-quality pot. Medical marijuana patients, who worried
about being priced out of the market, just a day earlier paid as
little as $25 for the same amount.
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Law Enforcement Says It Would Be Naive to Think Colorado Marijuana
Users Won't Cross State Lines
CHEYENNE - Law enforcement officials in Wyoming counties that border
Colorado are preparing for an increase in marijuana arrests given
that recreational use of the drug became legal Wednesday in the
Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson said he will host a training
session in February for all law enforcement officers in the county to
help them recognize impaired driving from use of marijuana and other
drugs, as well as from alcohol.
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Few topics ignite a more fiery and passionate debate among parents or
policymakers than that of drug use among children. Especially now.
Throughout 2013, talking points surrounding Colorado's
decriminalization of marijuana for adults 21 and older have made
headlines and raised eyebrows across the country.
Among the most concerned groups were parents who feared greater pot
use in the Greeley area made possible by recreation sales in Garden
City or Denver would lead to increased availability and use among
kids and in schools.
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