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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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