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Pot Found in Hinesburg Teen in Double Fatal Crash

6/25/15–A Hinesburg teenager was under the influence of marijuana when he was killed in a car crash that also claimed the life of a bicyclist two months ago, the investigative report by Hinesburg Community Police shows. Toxicology tests for Joseph A. Marshall, 17, determined he had 36 nanograms of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system during the April 26 crash on Vermont 116 in Hinesburg, the report concluded.

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Legal Pot and Kids: How to Keep Your Family Safe

6/26/15–Oregon hospitals and healthcare facilities treated 11 children under the age of 6 for marijuana ingestion last year. In 2013, there were seven preschool-aged patients. With no labeling requirements or child-proof packaging yet, Oregon health officials say it is critical that parents who use marijuana are responsible with their weed. Marijuana left unattended or unsecured could easily end up in hands of a little one.

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THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

6/21/15–The proliferation of foods infused or coated with THC has become a growing concern, even among some marijuana advocates. Several high-profile marijuana crimes and deaths involve consumption of edible THC products. “When THC is available in food, it’s even harder for people to see it as a drug,” explained Joanie Lewis, founder of Insight Services, an outpatient addictions treatment facility in Colorado Springs. “But it is a drug. It is a depressant, a hallucinogen and an addictive substance that changes chemistry in the brain. Research shows all of the above.”

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Adolescents Uncertain about Risks of Marijuana, E-Cigarettes

6/23/15–Adolescents get clear messages about the harms of smoking cigarettes, but they receive conflicting or sparse information about marijuana and e-cigarettes, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Kids were really good at describing the harmful things that happen with cigarette smoking, but when we asked about other products, there was a lot of confusion,” said the study’s lead author, Maria Roditis, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar in adolescent medicine.

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18 Ways Your Body Is Affected by Marijuana

6/22/15–The effects of marijuana on the body are immediate. Longer-term effects may depend on how you take it, how much you take, and how often you use it. The medical team at Healthline.com has identified 18 different areas of the body most affected by marijuana use including: respiratory system, central nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system, and the immune system.

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How Much Does Marijuana Impact Your Driving?

6/23/15–A rigorous federal research study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers new data on the effects of marijuana on driving performance. Dr. Marilyn Huestis, the principal investigator in the study, says it is important to note that the study looked at the concentration of THC in the driver’s system while they were driving. Huestis says the researchers are looking at how to estimate how long it takes for THC concentrations in the blood to drop, and she believes that the 5 ug/L limit is not strict enough, particularly when you take into account those with low tolerance.

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Local Nonprofit Discusses Marijuana and the Teenage Brain

6/21/15–Earlier this month, the Cape Coral Police Department housed an event hosted by the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida. The event’s speaker, Dr. Jessica Spencer, gave an intriguing presentation on marijuana and the teenage brain. She also presented a fascinating report on how marijuana and its use have changed rapidly over the years.

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Cannabis Harms Brain, Imaging Shows

6/8/15–The heavy, long-term use of cannabis is associated with negative changes in parts of the brain not previously implicated, and is linked to deficits in learning and memory, new research suggests. If used daily, cannabis “can be as bad as other drugs in terms of consequences,” said senior investigator Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD, from the Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. “People often think of cannabis as a lighter, harmless drug. This study shows that it is not and that it has negative consequences,” she told Medscape Medical News.

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JAMA: Little Evidence for Medical Marijuana. Epilepsy: Side Effects of Artisanal CBD Oils Can Be so Severe No Colorado Specialist Will Recommend Them

For all these reasons[,] not a single pediatric neurologist in Colorado recommends the use of artisanal cannabis preparations.

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Man Turns Himself in after Kids Hospitalized for Eating Drug-Laced Candy

6/19/15–A man has turned himself in Friday morning after two young kids were sent to the hospital for getting ahold of drug-filled candy. According to Grand Traverse County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Cooney, Michael Taylor is believed to have left a bag of gummy candy, containing THC oil, on the kitchen counter. Two kids, ages 7 and 9, got ahold of that candy and ate them.

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