GA bill calls for injectable THC

In May 2013, I observed spiking THC levels in my young patients and a rapidly growing market in Colorado for foods and drinks infused with the drug, the active ingredient of marijuana that produces a euphoric high. What I saw prompted me to raise concerns about what is now considered some of the world’s most potent marijuana...

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Nebraska, Oklahoma sue Colorado

Today, the attorneys general of the states of Oklahoma and Nebraska announced that they have filed suit against the State of Colorado for its cannabis legalization — a violation of federal law that has harmed Coloradans and people living in surrounding states — especially children and teens. Oklahoma and Nebraska have...

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Death in Ferguson and THC

Oct 22, 14 Death in Ferguson and THC

Posted by in Marijuana, Uncategorized

We have removed the original blog post that was here discussing 18-year-old Michael Brown and marijuana. The article and our intentions were misstated and mischaracterized. In his remarks about the tragic shooting of Michael Brown, President Obama said it best: “Of course, it’s important to remember how all of this started. We lost...

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Marijuana-opiate study raises questions

Aug 27, 14 Marijuana-opiate study raises questions

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

An article recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims states with medical marijuana laws are associated with significantly lower rates of opioid mortality. There are significant limitations to this research making it irresponsible to interpret from it a drop in opiate use or death because of...

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Thurstone among 2014 ‘Top Docs’

Aug 21, 14 Thurstone among 2014 ‘Top Docs’

Posted by in Media, Uncategorized

I’m humbled by the praise of my physician peers, who named me among Denver’s “Top Docs” in this month’s edition of 5280 magazine. To those of you who thought of me and took the time to cast this vote of confidence in my work, thank you so much. For the third time, I’m listed in the addiction psychiatry...

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Denver Post pot ads irresponsible

Aug 06, 14 Denver Post pot ads irresponsible

Posted by in Marijuana, Media, Uncategorized

News organizations running ads that promote the use of cannabis for the treatment of serious medical conditions are acting irresponsibly — and that is an understatement. Please see the following letter sent to Greg Moore, editor-in-chief of The Denver Post, and Ricardo Baca, editor of the news organization’s online...

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Avoid Charlotte’s Web for epilepsy

First, please let me be clear: I want more research of Cannabidiol, the nonintoxicating component of the cannabis plant that has shown some medical promise — particularly for the treatment of children with intractable epilepsy.  I want that research to comply fully with federal law and to meet the highest standards of medical...

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GA, N.Y. seek real medical marijuana

The states of Georgia and New York have moved boldly to become national leaders in the responsible development of pharmacy-grade medication made from components of the cannabis plant. Last week, the State of Georgia, working in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, forged an unprecedented agreement with G.W....

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Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents in CO

May 15, 14 Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents in CO

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

This statement, issued today by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where I serve as an associate professor, speaks for me well. AURORA, Colo. (May 15, 2014) – The proportion of marijuana-positive drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado has increased dramatically since the commercialization of medical...

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Marijuana use and pregnancy

May 14, 14 Marijuana use and pregnancy

Posted by in Marijuana, Parenting, Uncategorized

Of the 2.4 million Americans who try marijuana for the first time each year, 58 percent are under the age of 18. That’s why when we’re debating drug policy and the impact of marijuana on society, we cannot ignore kids. Because the brain isn’t fully formed until about the age of 25, youth are especially vulnerable...

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