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Dr. Thurstone regularly presents these key findings about marijuana's impact on child and adolescent development.
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Marijuana exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy has been found to be especially dangerous to the developing fetus. It's also important to note that the first three months of pregnancy are when women are least likely to know they're pregnant. I cannot underscore enough that women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should not use marijuana. This should not be up for debate -- but it is in the halls of politics, unfortunately. For example, the Colorado state legislature bowed to industry pressure and refused physicians' recommendations that all marijuana products bear warning labels concerning the drug's potential impact during pregnancy.
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Educational success is a significant predictor for life success.
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To clarify, the 1/6 used here represents the adolescent rate of addiction to marijuana. One in six adolescents who try the drug becomes addicted to it -- although we need updated research on this rate because it was established in the 1980s when marijuana was far less p
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Social Costs of Marijuana

Dr. Thurstone presented most of this information to a committee of the Denver City Council on March 11, 2013. Because of time constraints during that public meeting, he did not address all of the information on the slides presented here.
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Marijuana Grow Operation Destroyed

Local, state and federal authorities teamed July 15, 2012 to destroy a black-market marijuana grow operation outside Pueblo, Colo. Officials valued the growing fields -- which stretched across rugged terrain on privately owned property -- at a minimum of $11 million and said they were the work of a Mexican drug cartel.
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How Marijuana Harms Adolescents

Dr. Thurstone presented these slides during the Marijuana Prevention Summit attended by more than 100 people in Denver on July 31, 2012. If you have questions about this information, please contact him.
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Commissioning U.S. Army Maj. Christian Thurstone

Dr. Christian Thurstone is the only psychiatrist in the United States scheduled to be admitted to our nation's military in 2012 to serve the increasingly dire mental-health-treatment needs of active and inactive military personnel. On July 19, 2012, he picked up another title: U.S. Army Major. He'll serve in the Army's 807th Medical Command -- and specifically in a unit focused on "combat stress reduction."
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Stay Motivated

Swedish artist Marcus Mårtenson spent a good deal of his childhood in the United States. Don't let his cartoonish imagery fool you: this series, "Stay Motivated," is an insightful look at serious problems of the mind, body, heart and soul that are often exacerbated by today's highly charged media and politics. These works, many purchased by private collectors, exhibited at the Angelika Knäpper Gallery in Stockholm April 12 - May 20, 2012.
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