The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Science Spotlight, June 23, 2015
New research released on June 23, 2015 by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), proves smoking low levels of marijuana, 2.9% vs 6.7% THC, causes impaired driving similar to those with 0.08 breath alcohol.
The research was done at the University of Iowa on a sophisticated driving simulator that measured weaving between the lanes.
Additionally, drivers drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana exacerbated their impairment. Those using both substances weaved within lanes even if their blood THC and alcohol concentrations were below the impairment thresholds for each substance alone.
It was found that low amounts of alcohol significantly increased peak THC concentrations.
Dr. Grace M. McGorrian, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 24, 2015
Old-fashioned natural marijuana had low or moderate amounts of THC, along with cannabidiol, a chemical that shields the brain against THC’s effects. Modern marijuana has been genetically modified to be more potent – six to 10 times higher THC. And it has very little cannabidiol, which means there is little protection against intense psychoactivity, including psychotic experiences.
High levels of THC can:
• Distort reality and consciousness.
• Cause poor balance.
• Compromise memory.
• Make it difficult to hold a job.
• If used regularly for any period, increase the odds of developing schizophrenia for those under 18.
Statistically, heavy marijuana smokers struggle more with staying sober than users of any other drug. Peers and family members simply don’t believe that weed can create such dependency, so they often provide little support.
Gabrielle Cintorino, CNSNews.com, May 21, 2015
The state is finding the residents of Colorado to be ignorant of the dangers of smoking pot and are having to develop public health campaigns to educate them.
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) has a campaign that warns of the serious consequences of driving under the influence.
“CDOT’s website lists a significant increase in drug-related accidents since 2008. In 2008, 10.1 percent of drivers involved in accidents were found to be drug-impaired. By 2013, that figure had risen to 14.2 percent.”
A Good To Know Campaign forewarns of the health risks marijuana poses to young people.
“An animated video featured on the ‘Good to Know Colorado’ website uses quips such as ‘For those underage, it’s just not okay. Their brains are still growing, so keep it away’ to relay the warning message that marijuana poses health risks to youngsters, particularly teenagers.”
Brian Maass, CBS Denver, May 18, 2015
Daniel Juarez, an 18-year-old from Brighton, died September 26, 2012 after stabbing himself 20 times. In an autopsy report that had never been made public before, but was obtained by CBS4, his THC level – the active ingredient in marijuana- was measured at 38.2 namograms. In Colorado, anything over 5 nanograms is considered impaired for driving.
Juarez was nearly eight times the legal limit.
Police and witnesses then say Juarez literally ran wild, stripping off most of his clothing and running into his nearby apartment. There, he got a knife and stabbed himself 20 times, one of the stab wound piercing his heart. Juarez’s autopsy report lists his manner of death as suicide with ‘marijuana intoxication’ as a ‘significant condition.’
Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois,
Program Update - May 6, 2015
Approximately 20,800 Illinois citizens have checked out the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website for the patient registry application information. The Department of Public Health began accepting applications for medical cannabis cards on September 2, 2014. To date about 3,000 have submitted applications and approximately 2,300 have been approved.
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Jason Law and Pat LaFleur, abcactionnews.com, March 17, 2015
Police charge College Hill woman with murder for beheading her 3-month-old infant. The woman was said to be high on marijuana and “speaking in tongues,” according to a police report.
The woman had said that she had started “speaking with demons…”
Wesh.com, March 16, 2015
At least four Spruce Creek High School students were hospitalized after eating hash oil laced brownies. Deputies arrested a 17-year old boy and charged him
with four counts of sale and delivery of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and seven counts of culpable negligence.
“At least 10 students ate the laced brownies, which were sold to them by another student, investigators said.”
Daily Mail Reporter, Daily Mail, February 15, 2015
Those using “super strength” marijuana every day are three times more likely to have a psychotic episode than others who had never tried “super strength”
marijuana. The THC can be four-times stronger than what older generations smoked.
“Psychosis is defined as a form of mental illness where people experience delusions, hallucinations, or both at the same time. Associated with conditions
such as schizophrenia and bipolar, some victims are so badly affected that they end up committing suicide or seriously harming others because they believe
they are being ordered to do so by voices in their heads.”
“As many as a quarter of new cases of psychotic mental illness can be blamed on super-strength strains of cannabis, scientists will warn …”
Madlen Davies, Daily Mail, February 11, 2015
Dr. Steven Marwaha, of Warwick University in the UK, studied over 2,000 people and found a ‘significant link’ between cannabis use and manic behavior:
depression, anger, aggression, hyperactivity, difficulty sleeping, being delusional and hearing voices.
The research found that marijuana use “tended to precede or coincide with episodes of mania.”
The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, raises particular concerns about adolescents and the problems cannabis use can have on their
Brandon Klein, Vindy.com, February 9, 2015
A pro marijuana group in Ohio is attempting to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational use. If the amendment gets placed on the ballot and should it pass, employers fear that with more people using marijuana the pool of drug-free employees will decline and safety in the workplace will be compromised.
“’I’m absolutely opposed to [legalizing marijuana],’ said Don Crane, president of Western Reserve Building Trades, which represents more than 6,000 workers in the skilled trades.” Many trade jobs have dangerous components.
John Walters & David Murray, Real Clear Politics, February 8, 2015
The unintended consequences of marijuana use go unabated.
- Marijuana infused edibles are marketed to youth. The edibles account for nearly half of Colorado’s sales.
- Daily use of marijuana is 35 percent higher than the national average.
- Selling marijuana on the black market continues because there are no taxes.
- Marijuana potency has climbed sharply.
Keith Coffman, Reuters Denver, August 8, 2014
A man ends up in the hospital after overdosing on THC from a marijuana chocolate candy bar given to him by a County Fair vendor promoting the drug. The Denver County Fair had a “Pot Pavilion” where Jordan Coombs was offered the marijuana food product.
Jessica Durando, USA TODAY Network
June 4, 2014
Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the New York Times, told a terrifying story of eating a marijuana-infused candy bar. She was in Denver, Colorado reporting on legalized marijuana.
Jamie Chambers, Fox5KSWB, San Diego, CA
April 25, 2014
On April 19, 2014, Frances McQueen, found her daughter stumbling and unresponsive; she rushed the toddler to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. The toddler was moved to the pediatric intensive care unit where doctors were preparing to do a spinal tap when the results of a toxicology report came back showing THC in her system. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Posted: April 16, 2014 Updated: April 17, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
By Joe Bartels
Eighteen-year-old, Jesse Hill, was killed while walking with his girlfriend by a driver, Christian Diaz, who had 7 times the legal amount of marijuana in his blood.
ABC & News Denver, April 18, 2014
Kristine Kirk told a 911 operator that her husband, Richard Kirk, had “taken some marijuana” and was “hallucinating” and frightening their three children. Minutes later Richard shot and killed his wife. Richard was charged with first-degree murder.
Denver CBS 4, April 16, 2014
Levi Pongi, a college student, jumped to his death from a hotel balcony after eating one whole marijuana cookie that was intended to serve six people. It
produced a type of psychosis.