Cannabis News Roundup: Marijuana in Marin Hospital?

Sep 16, 2016

Prop. 64 slips in poll ... Cannabis could come to Marin hospital ... Less marijuana for youth ... Newsom’s lone stand ... and more. 

COPS & COURTS

“Trends toward the negative” in Colorado after legalization // NBC Bay Area

" ‘If you look at the data, its absolutely causing problems,’ said Chelsey Clarke with the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, a federal agency’.”

ELECTION

Prop. 64 slips in new poll // 24/7 Wall St.

“A May poll by Pew Research showed that some 60% of the state’s residents supported Proposition 64, the ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana. But a poll released on Monday by San Francisco TV station KPIX and Survey USA shows that the percentage of voters supporting Prop 64 has slipped to 52%, while 40% say they’ll vote against the measure. The rest are undecided.”

Mendocino child advocates prepare for “new frontier” // Ukiah Daily Jrln.

“Our community institutions haven’t yet experienced the decriminalization of a drug, and we don’t yet know how the process will impact children and adolescents,” says a committee member.

Lt. Gov. Newsom’s lone stand on marijuana // SF Chronicle

As of last week, Newsom remained the only statewide elected official to support its legalization under Prop. 64. By contrast ... Gov. Jerry Brown would merely allow that he was ‘mulling’ his position on legal pot.”

HEALTH

Marin doctor backs use of cannabis in hospital  // SF Chronicle

“Patients wouldn’t be allowed to smoke it, since smoking is prohibited. But Bedard, a retired emergency physician at Marin General who now serves on the Marin Healthcare District board, says he knows of no other legally prescribed drug that cannot openly be used by patients in a hospital.”

This is your brain on marijuana, or is it? // NPR

Scarce research makes it difficult to accurately determine if early marijuana use interferes with IQ levels later in life.

Teen smoking drops significantly // Science World Report

“Only 9.6 percent of adolescents from the age of 12 to 16 reported using alcohol, down from 17.6 percent in 2002” in a survey by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

“Only 20 percent of teens admitted to smoking [tobacco], compared to the 32 percent in 2002.” [Editor’s Note: see related story, below.]

Youth say cannabis is less available // CDC via NORML

“Researchers reported that the percentage of respondents aged 12 to 17 years who perceived marijuana to be ‘fairly easy or very easy to obtain’ fell by 13 percent [between 2002 and 2014]. Among those ages 18 to 25, marijuana's perceived availability decreased by three percent.”

Marijuana plant pulled from State Fair // Santa Fe New Mexican

“Fair managers say they somehow overlooked the mention of a cannabis plant in the booth application submitted by Ultra Health.”  State health officials are studying whether the plant display was a violation of law.

EVENT

“Altered State” closing soon // Oakland Museum of CA

“With adult recreational use in California on the ballot this year, talking about marijuana is more important than ever. Get informed on this controversial topic through a mix of expert insights, community voices, images, objects, and research.

Altered State, the first major museum exhibition to cover this provocative plant” closes September 25.

OPINION

S.F. Chronicle endorses Prop. 64 // SF Chronicle

Prop. 64 would bring discipline and oversight to an industry that is operating in the shadows, to the detriment of public health, the environment and public safety. Vote yes on 64.”

HISTORY

Mexico started “reefer madness” // backstoryradio.com

Our neighbor to the south outlawed marijuana long before the Americans got around to it. [Editor’s note: the first 14 minutes of this radio program focus on cannabis.]

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