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More Deaths from the Drug That’s Never Killed Anyone

“The driver of the truck told police he had drunk six beers and smoked marijuana before the crash.”

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Adverse Effects of Marijuana

Major NIH Study Will Examine the Effects of Drugs on the Developing Brain

4/10/15–The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, headed by an NIH partnership that includes the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Cancer Institute, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and others aims to answer questions over the next decade pertaining to the effects of drugs on the developing brain. No large prospective study of the effects of drugs on neurodevelopment has ever followed participants from childhood all the way through this crucial second decade of active brain maturation.

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Smoked Marijuana as a Teen? You Could Have Been Taller

5/20/15–Researchers at a university in Pakistan studied levels of hormones linked to growth and puberty in the blood of 217 boys addicted to marijuana and 220 who didn’t smoke at all. They found that though levels of testosterone and luteinising hormone, linked to puberty, were higher among pot users, growth hormone levels were significantly lower. When researchers checked back in with the males at age 20, they found non-smokers were almost nine pounds heavier and 4.6 inches taller on average than their smoking counterparts, Science Daily reports.

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Marijuana Intoxication Blamed in More Deaths, Injuries

5/18/15–Another death in Colorado has been listed as having “marijuana intoxication” as a factor, according to a CBS4 investigation, and several other families are now saying they believed the deaths of their loved ones can be traced to recreational marijuana use. In a 2014 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors from the National Institutes of Health published an article entitled, “Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use” and wrote, “During intoxication, marijuana can interfere with cognitive function and motor function and these effects can have detrimental consequences.”

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Other Side of Cannabis Movie Trailer

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Open Letter to the Person Who Called Me a Failed Parent

5/12/15–Sally Schindel’s son died by suicide in March 2014 at age 31. Her son left a note that included these words “Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain.” According to Schindel, her son desperately tried to break his marijuana addiction in his last days. “Whenever I hear and read the words that marijuana has never killed anyone, is harmless, is not addictive, my heart hurts.” On the website for Parents Opposed to Pot, a non-partisan grassroots campaign started by parents concerned about the commercial pot industry and its devastating impact on youth and communities, Schindel presents her open letter to the person who called her a failed parent as a result of her speaking out in efforts to protect and educate others about the detrimental effects of marijuana.

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Youth Brains + Lead Paint = IQ-7; Youth Brains + Marijuana = IQ-8. You Do the Math on Legalization.

5/11/15–According to an online post published by The Marijuana Policy Initiative, the risks and dangers of lead once existent in our environment, but now removed to protect our children’s health and our own health are eerily similar to those of ongoing marijuana exposures. Except lead can cost a young person 7 IQ points where marijuana use can cost 8 IQ points. This article urges the public not to sign a ballot initiative in the name of marijuana “legalization and regulation” or for the “civil rights” of marijuana users; or for the “repeal of the prohibition of marijuana.” “We’ve taken lead out of our environment. Why would we ever choose to put more marijuana into our environment?”

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Keeping Marijuana out of Hands of Kids

5/4/15–Three Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers examine how legislators and regulators could learn from the successes—and failures—of the tobacco and alcohol industries in keeping their harmful products out of the hands of children and adolescents. Study leader Brendan Saloner and his co-authors—Colleen Barry, PhD, MPP, and Beth McGinty, PhD, MS,—suggest four strategies to prevent marijuana use among minors.

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Marketing of Marijuana

5/5/15–A commentary published in The New York Times applauds an editorial and Op-Ed essay for highlighting the rise in electronic cigarette use among high school students and for condemning the tobacco industry for aggressively targeting kids, but states that we should also acknowledge that the legalization and mass commercialization of marijuana means yet another industry that thrives on addiction and recklessly targets the most vulnerable in society.

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