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  • How Marijuana Begat Heroin
    Notable & Quotable, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 18, 2016 Okay, I’m going to say it. The heroin epidemic was caused by the legalization of marijuana. We wanted legal weed, and for the most part, we got it. Four states have legalized it outright, others have decriminalized it, and in many jurisdictions police refuse to enforce the laws that are on the books, creating a de facto street legalization. The American marijuana was superior and the cost of doing business significantly less. Colorado’s recreational marijuana law threatened to annihilate the Sinaloa Cartel’s weed operation. In a single year, the cartel suffered …

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  • Mass Illnesses Due To Marijuana Edibles, Brownies, Candy
    California, Child Endangerment, Colorado, Washington Parents Opposed to Pot, August 8, 2016 Edible marijuana poses a ‘unique problem,’ because ‘no other drug is infused into a palatable and appetizing form’ – such as cookies, brownies and candy. Many household items cause poisonings, but marijuana edibles are different because they’re made to look appealing and they appeal to children. Last year there were more than 4,000 treatments at hospitals and poison center treatments in the US related to marijuana toxicity in children and teens. Parents Opposed to Pot summarized the recent cases of toxicity from edibles. • A JAMA Pediatrics article explains …

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  • Secondhand marijuana smoke damages blood vessels more than tobacco smoke
    American Heart Association News, July 27, 2016 In a new study, arteries in rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. Similar exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke caused blood vessel impairment for 30 minutes.  “While the effect is temporary for both cigarette and marijuana smoke, these temporary problems can turn into long-term problems if exposures occur often enough and may increase the chances of developing hardened and clogged arteries,” said Matthew Springer, Ph.D. The increasing number of states legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana, along with increasing potential for corporate expansion …

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  • Marijuana exposure in kids rose after recreational use legalized in Colorado
    The JAMA Network Journals, July 25, 2016 The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado was associated with both increased hospital visits and cases at a regional poison center because of unintentional exposure to the drug by children, suggesting effective preventive measures are needed as more states consider legalizing the drug, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics The authors identified 81 children – 62 included in the analysis – evaluated at the hospital and 163 marijuana exposure calls to a Colorado RPC. The median age of children who visited the hospital was 2.4 years and for children in RPC …

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  • Colorado Youth Marijuana Use: Up – Down – Flat? Examine the Data and You Decide!
    Press Release, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA), July 6, 2016 In June, 2016, the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) was released with the media claiming that past month marijuana use by Colorado teens had not increased since pot had been legalized and use was within line with the national average. However, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area asks, “Is the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey ‘Good News’ and is Colorado teen marijuana use ‘flat?’ The reader can examine the facts and data to make an informed decision. What is clear is that there is no overall …

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  • Opioid overdose deaths by state
    Emily Rappleye, Becker’s Hospital Review, June 27, 2016 Opioid abuse — which has spurred a 20-year high in heroin use in the U.S. — has become a significant cause of death nationwide. In 2014, there were 28,647 deaths due to opioid overdoses. The overdoses were due to natural, semisynthetic and synthetic opioids, methadone and heroin. The five top states were Ohio – 2,106, California – 2,024, New York – 1,739, Florida – 1,399, and Illinois – 1,205. The data was published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.   Read the number of deaths by state: 1. Ohio — 2,1062. California — 2,0243. …

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  • One in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation positive for marijuana exposure
     Science Daily, American Academy of Pediatrics, April 30, 2016 A new study, Marijuana Exposure in Children Hospitalized for Bronchiolitis, found that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure. There were comparisons made between before the legalization and after the legalization of marijuana. A questionnaire given to parents asked whether anyone in the home smoked marijuana.Of the children who were identified as having been exposed to marijuana smokers, urine samples showed traces of a metabolite of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, in 16 …

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  • Effort to limit pot’s THC count raises questions
    Those behind the THC limiting proposals say they’re smart, cautious moves; Opponents say they’ll hurt the pot industry Ricardo Baca, The Denver Post – Denver and the West, March 30, 2016 Colorado is concerned about extremely high levels of THC in their marijuana and marijuana products. Their average potencies are 17 percent for marijuana and 62 percent for marijuana concentrate products. Josh Hindi, whose dispensary, Dabble Extracts, a concentrates company, “estimates his extracts test between 70 percent and 80 percent THC and cater(s) to patients who prefer the more potent product.” For Josh, lowering THC limits “would remove concentrates in …

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  • New Study Shows Increased Heroin Availability at Root of Heroin Crisis, not Prescription Painkillers
    Brian Blake, Hudson Institute, January 21, 2016 There is no consistent evidence of an association between the implementation of policies related to prescription opioids and increases in the rates of heroin use or deaths. Instead the heroin market forces, including increased accessibility, reduced price, and high purity of heroin appear to be major drivers of the recent increases in rates of heroin use. This finding contradicts the White House claim that the huge increase in heroin overdose deaths—440 percent in the past seven years—is directly related to prescription pain killers and changes in prescribing policies aimed at making them harder …

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  • Study: 20 percent increase in youth marijuana use — Kids 12 to 17 used the drug 20% more in the two years since legalization
    Kody Fisher, 22NEWS WWLP, January 17, 2016 Marijuana use by Colorado teens ages 12 to 17 has increased 20% more in the two years since legalization. The data came from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. With the increase the state moved from number 4 to number 1 in teen pot use. “With the legalization of marijuana it has just kinda made people more comfortable with being open about. It’s more socially acceptable, so I think people are more open about the fact that they use it,” said Studio A64 Owner Ambur Racek. “I can also see the …

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