Colorado on marijuana health effects

I am honored to have been asked to serve on an advisory committee of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, which has issued a voluminous report detailing the real and possible impacts of cannabis use on health. “Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014” provides a...

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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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AAP opposes pot legalization — again

The American Academy of Pediatrics — a professional organization of 62,000 pediatricians committed to optimal physical, mental and social health for children, adolescents and young adults — today reaffirmed its strong stance against marijuana legalization and the use of so-called “medical 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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Gallup: Pot support plummets in 2014

Support for marijuana legalization has plunged 12 percent since 2013, even among self-identified liberals, according to a new Gallup Poll released today. The poll showed support for marijuana legalization stands at 51 percent, and opposition is at 47 percent — reflecting a drop of seven percentage points in support of...

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Nation not going to pot yet

Tuesday was a mixed bag for marijuana — and today showed approval of the drug’s legalization has plummeted 12 percent in the last year. Earlier this week, voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia approved recreational use of the drug, while voters in Florida made that state the first in about two years to...

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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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Colorado, Washington omitted from CDC analysis

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) produced by the Centers for Disease Control is one of the nation’s longest-running and most extensive efforts to monitor health-risk behaviors contributing to the leading causes of death for children and young adults. Drug use — specifically, marijuana use — is...

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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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Jacob Lavoro and pot brownies

Judging from today’s news reporting, the story is fairly simple and goes like this: A Texas teenager with no criminal record faces from five years to life in prison for allegedly making and selling pot brownies. Possession of up to 2 oz. of marijuana in its dried-plant form is a misdemeanor in that state. However, possession...

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