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Marijuana Use Among Teens, Young Adults May Be Down: Survey

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 16 Apr 2015 - Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests. Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18 to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
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Canada: Report Suggests Drop In Teen Marijuana Use

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Apr 2015 - Self-reported data show usage down 15 per cent over a decade in 15 to 17-year-olds Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests. Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18- to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
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Canada: Pot Use Among Teens, Young Adults On Wane?

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 16 Apr 2015 - StatsCan data comes from self-reported survey TORONTO - Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests. Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18 to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
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CN ON: Column: Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke May Affect Child's Brain

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 13 Apr 2015 - Have a question about family life? Send it in a brief email to Due to the volume of mail, not all questions will receive a reply. Q: Whenever I visit my granddaughter's house I can smell pot smoke. I wonder if this is harmful for young children to be breathing in. Her parents are totally against second-hand cigarette smoke. I've told them about my concerns and they don't seem to think it is harmful. They tell me it's going to be legalized soon anyway so don't fret.
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CN ON: D.A.R.E. - Drug Education For Savvy Students

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 07:00
Shoreline Beacon, 13 Apr 2015 - The drug culture savvy of local grade five students gave Saugeen Shores Police Constable Ian Clark unfortunate "goose bumps", but also underscored the need for programs like D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Offered in 44 countries world-wide, D.A.R.E. is the leading program to teach the effects of substance abuse and violence, Clark said in an April 6 presentation to the Chantry Island Cham-bette's monthly meeting in Port Elgin.
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US VA: Student Journalism In The Web Age

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 06 Apr 2015 - Censorship Case Involving VA. School Paper Illustrates Changes It's called "dabbing," and it involves smoking a distilled version of marijuana's active ingredient off of a nail, delivering a potent high.
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US NY: Bronx Teenager Who Fell From Roof While Fleeing The Police

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 05 Apr 2015 - A Bronx teenager who fell off the roof of a six-story apartment building on Thursday while fleeing police officers died of his injuries on Saturday at St. Barnabas Hospital, the police said. Authorities said Hakeem Kuta, 17, was with a group of other teenagers who were smoking marijuana Thursday evening in the lobby of the apartment building at 2685 Valentine Avenue in the Bronx. A man who exited the building complained to four uniformed officers, who then entered the lobby. When Mr. Kuta and several others ran to the roof, two officers chased them.
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US FL: Canadian Diplomatas Teen Son Killed In Shootout

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 02 Apr 2015 - Younger son faces murder charge in what Miami police call a drug dispute MIAMI - Canada's top government official in Miami is planning the funeral of her 17-year-old son and the legal defence of her 15-year-old after the brothers took part in what Florida police call an attempted drug ripoff.
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US CA: Column: Kids, Cartels, And Marijuana DUIs

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 02 Apr 2015 - KIDS, CARTELS, AND MARIJUANA DUIS If there was an election in California today, marijuana would be legal in the state tomorrow. Roughly 55 percent of the state's likely voters support legalizing cannabis, according to the most recent Public Policy Institute poll. That's legalization's strongest showing yet in California - where just five years ago, 54 percent of voters said "no thanks" to legalized and taxed recreational cannabis.
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US OH: Educating Youth Key To Slowing Heroin Epidemic

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Journal-News, 29 Mar 2015 - BUTLER COUNTY - Tony Couch knows he could have been one of the 49 people who died of a heroin overdose in Butler County last year. Couch, 29, a Hamilton High School graduate, was arrested for shoplifting in 2011, a crime he says he committed to support his heroin habit. He was nabbed by police boosting laundry detergent, a hot item to trade for the illegal opiate. Butler County Area II Judge Kevin McDonough sent Couch to treatment and he hasn't used since.
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South Africa: Editorial: Drugs: Arm Your Kids With Education

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
The Witness, 26 Mar 2015 - RUGS destroy lives. Drug addiction not only impacts on the person who is addicted, it breaks up families, turns people into criminals, causes misery, hopelessness and ultimately, in many cases, leads to death. More often than not, it's our children who are targeted. Their innocence, lack of experience and knowledge are manipulated and taken advantage of by ruthless drug dealers whose only motive is making money at any cost, leaving a trail of destruction and misery in their wake.
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US CO: Series: Parents, Schools Say More Youths Using Pot

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 24 Mar 2015 - Employers aren't the only ones drug testing these days. Parents are springing tests on their kids, who are smoking more marijuana since legalization. The owner of two labs in Colorado Springs reports seeing large increases in such tests. Amy Mullins, who owns two Any Lab Test Now franchises, says the number of drug tests conducted at her location near Chapel Hills Mall was up more than 22 percent in 2014 over the prior year. It was even higher at her south-side location: Testing was up 45 percent.
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US CO: Series: Babies, Children At Risk

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 24 Mar 2015 - In January, a group of Colorado Springs pediatricians had an unusual topic on the agenda for one of their monthly meetings: Breastfeeding and babies who test positive for THC. "When that hits the agenda, it's clearly important," said Dr. Darvi Rahaman, a pediatrician at Peak Vista. "There's so many, so many good things about breastfeeding and its positive effects. When a child is born, we and the nursing staff promote breastfeeding. The question is what happens when we know Mom was positive on a THC screen? Do you recommend you breastfeed or not? What do you do?"
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US CO: Series: Teen: Colorado Voters Were Duped into

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 24 Mar 2015 - Nineteen-year-old Kaleb is 41 days and seven hours sober when he sits down for a long conversation about his marijuana addiction. Two more months, his treatment providers tell him, and he'll likely be able to deliver his first clean drug test in many years showing no presence of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that produces a euphoric high and can affect the mind and body for weeks after use - especially if you're like Kaleb, who was getting high every day along with about 6 percent of American high school seniors. This according to the federally funded Monitoring the Future, one of the United States' most extensive and longest-running surveys of students' drug use and attitudes toward substances.
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US: Does Marijuana Use In Teen Years Cause Memory Problems

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 24 Mar 2015 - Pot and the Brain DOES MARIJUANA USE IN TEEN YEARS CAUSE MEMORY PROBLEMS IN ADULTHOOD? THE QUESTION When a person smokes marijuana, the chemical THC goes quickly to the brain, producing a mood alteration. How might this affect memory?
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US: Obama to Youths: Focus Not On The Pot

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 17 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has a stern message for the younger generation about their political priorities: Care more about climate change and less about marijuana. Obama, who has been open about smoking pot in high school, chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that, if marijuana were legalized, young people would view that as a top item when considering the president's legacy.
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US NY: Students Protest Award Recognizing SUNY Police Drug

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 15 Mar 2015 - SUNY New Paltz students and community activists, led by Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and New York Students Rising (NYSR), held a protest outside of a Police Benevolence Association (PBA) award ceremony recognizing the New Paltz University Police Department's drug arrests for 2013. The ceremony, held Friday at the New Paltz campus, awarded the college's police department for having the most drug-related arrests. Protesting students and community activists were concerned that there may be over policing on the campus.
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US WA: High School Kids Say Pot Easy To Get, Not Harmful

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 13 Mar 2015 - SEATTLE (AP) - Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say marijuana is easy to get and they do not perceive any risk from smoking pot once or twice. While high school smoking of tobacco continues to go down, marijuana use has remained stable since the last healthy youth survey was conducted two years ago, state health officials said Thursday.
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Chronicle AM: NH Decrim Bill Passes House, CO Legal Pot Sales Record, Coca-Chewing Day in Bolivia, More (3/12/15)

Youth (STDW) - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:45

Marijuana stories all over the place, medical marijuana, too; federal drug policy bills (good and bad) get filed, it's it's National Coca-Chewing Day in Bolivia, and more. 

[image:1 align:left]Marijuana Policy

Alaska Legislators Get Earful from Public Over Changes to Legalization Bill. The Senate Finance Committee overhauled Senate Bill 30, the bill that would implement the Measure 2 legalization initiative, by reversing language in the bill that would have removed marijuana from the state's controlled substance schedules and by creating new marijuana crimes. That didn't sit well with the public, who raked the committee over the coals during a hearing yesterday. It's holding another hearing today.

Arizona Legalization Initiative Drafters Grapple with Home Cultivation. A split has emerged between Safer Arizona and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) over including home cultivation language in a proposed legalization initiative. The latest draft of the initiative contains no language allowing for home cultivation, and Safer Arizona is accusing MPP of doing the bidding of dispensary operators, who it says want to corner the market. MPP says it supports home cultivation, but may be willing to sacrifice it if it thinks such a provision could delay ending pot prohibition in a given state. Stay tuned.

Colorado January Recreational Pot Sales Hit Record.  Sales in January were $36.4 million, according to the Department of Revenue, more than double the $14 million reported in January 2014. January recreational pot sales generated nearly $2.35 million in excise taxes designated for schools. Last year was when recreational marijuana sales began rolling out, so it is expected that 2015 is going to be even bigger than 2014, when more than $300 million in recreational sales occurred.

Connecticut Poll Has Solid Majority for Pot Legalization. A new Quinnipiac poll has support for marijuana legalization at 63%, up nine points from the same poll less than a year ago. The poll comes as the Judiciary Committee considers two bills that would legalize it, House Bill 6703 and House Bill 6473.

Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed. Rep. David Rogers (D-Belmont), Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), and 13 bipartisan cosponsors today introduced House Bill 1561, which would legalize marijuana for adults and establish a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. If the legislature doesn't act on legalization, reform advocates are vowing to put an initiative before voters I n 2016.

Michigan Group Plans 2016 Legalization Initiative. A group calling itself the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee said today it is planning a 2016 legalization initiative petition drive. The committee's chairman, Jeffrey Hank, said "the time is right" to create "a responsible tax and regulation scheme for adult use age 21 and over, and permits the farming of hemp."

New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Approves Decriminalization Bill. A veto-proof majority of the House voted yesterday to approve House Bill 618, which would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of pot, five grams of hash, and six pot plants. The House has passed similar measures before, only to see them die in the Senate. If it passes the Senate this year, it still faces a probable veto from Gov. Maggie Hassan (D).   

Medical Marijuana

Federal Judge Reject Prosecution Attempt to Jail Kettle Falls Five Defendants Before Sentencing. Just one week after three medical marijuana patients were acquitted by a federal jury of all but one charge stemming from the widely watched Kettle Falls Five trial, US District Court Judge Thomas Rice rejected attempts by the Justice Department (DOJ) to imprison the defendants pending sentencing on June 10th. Judge Rice's ruling comes just a day after defense attorneys filed their opposition to the government's pre-sentencing detention effort

Hawaii House Approves Dispensary Bill. The House Tuesday gave its approval to a bill that would allow for at least 26 dispensaries to open across the state. The measure is House Bill 321.

Iowa CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Moves. A bill that would expand medical marijuana access in the Hawkeye State won a subcommittee vote in the state Senate yesterday. The legislature last year approved a law allowing for the use of CBD cannabis oil for epilepsy, but didn't provide for the legal distribution of the oil. The current bill would do that, as well as expand the number of qualifying conditions.

Pennsylvania Poll Shows Growing Support for Medical Marijuana. A new Robert Morris University poll has support for medical marijuana at 67.5%, up more than 11 points from a similar Robert Morris poll last year. At least three medical marijuana bills are currently before the General Assembly.

Tennessee CBD Cannabis Oil Wins Committee Vote. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has approved House Bill 197, which would allow people with seizures to use CBD cannabis oil with a doctor's recommendation. The bill now goes to the full House Criminal Committee.

Asset Forfeiture

Texas Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. State Rep. David Simpson has introduced House Bill 3171 to repeal civil asset forfeiture. "No one should forfeit their property without being convicted of a crime," the Republican said. "Our current civil forfeiture provisions, though a well-intended tool for law enforcement, have eroded the constitutional rights of individuals. It is time we end the practice."

Rehabilitation and Reentry

Federal Bill to Seal or Expunge Records for Nonviolent Offenses Filed. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed Senate Bill 675, which provides for the sealing or expungement of records relating to federal nonviolent criminal offenses. It's been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Connecticut Poll Finds Strong Support for Reducing Penalties for Drug Offenses. A new Quinnipiac poll finds two-third (67%) of voters support making simple drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony and 82% support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for small-time drug possessions.

Harm Reduction

Federal Bill to Encourage Use of Opiate Overdose Drug Filed. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Edward Markey (D-MA) yesterday filed the Opioid Overdose Reduction Act, which would  "protect first responders, health professionals and family members who are educated in administering an opioid overdose prevention drug, such as naloxone (also known as Narcan) in an emergency situation of overdose. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) plans to introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives in the coming weeks. The bill is not yet available on the congressional website. Similar legislation was filed last year.

Law Enforcement

Federal Bill Aimed at Candy-Coated Drugs Filed. Octogenarian Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) today filed the Candy-Flavored Drugs Act, under which ""criminals who manufacture, create, distribute, dispense or possess candy coated drugs with the intent to distribute them to a minor would get up to 10 years for the first offense and 20 years for the second offense." The bill is not yet available on the congressional website.


It's National Coca Chewing Day in Bolivia. Bolivian social movements are marching from the La Paz suburb of El Alto toward Villaroel Square in the capital to commemorate National Coca-Leaf Chewing Day. The event is part of a domestic and international campaign to restore the traditional uses of the coca leaf. 

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CN BC: Share Talk On Kids, Drugs

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
The Tri-Cities Now, 11 Mar 2015 - Outside of the birds and bees, it could be the most important conversation parents have with their kids. The SHARE Family & Community Services Society will host an information session for parents and caregivers on Monday, March 30 to examine how to talk to kids about drug and alcohol use. The event aims to help adults prepare for the discussion itself, while offering options to make that talk a productive one.
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