Study: Adolescent Marijuana Use Not Associated With Health Problems In Early Adulthood

Marijuana use by adolescents, including self-reported chronic use, is not associated with adverse health effects later in life, according to an assessment of longitudinal data published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Authors concluded, “Overall, data from this sample provide little to no evidence to suggest that patterns of marijuana use from adolescence to young adulthood … were negatively related to the indicators of physical or mental health studied.”

Ending Job Discrimination Against Marijuana Smokers

One of the most troubling aspects of current marijuana policy in this country, even in those states that have legalized marijuana, is the continuing job discrimination faced by those who smoke marijuana. In 49 states (Arizona is the sole exception), a private employer is legally free to fire anyone who tests positive for THC in their system, without the slightest suggestion the individual came to work in an impaired condition. It is a relic left over from the “reefer madness” days when marijuana smokers were considered bad people, and employers […]

What about the children?

So, one of the big pieces of recent news was this:

Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked to Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Research Finds

Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a […]

National Council of State Legislatures Passes Resolution “In Support of States Determining Their Own Marijuana and Hemp Policies”

The National Council of State Legislatures passed a resolution yesterday urging the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act and to refrain from interfering with state laws permitting the legal production and use of cannabis.

Reformers To JAMA: Don’t Generalize All Cannabinoid Data to Medical Cannabis

Drug policy reform advocates pen letter-to-the-editor to Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) encouraging them to not confuse specific cannabinoid research with whole cannabis products in general as an effective and safe medicinal therapeutic.

Congress Misled by Justice Department on Marijuana Vote

As first reported on by Marijuana.com, a Justice Department internal memo distributed to U.S. House Representatives last year, misinformed members on the scope of a medical marijuana amendment they were voting on.