- The ease by which it can be hidden and taken into venues such as sporting events, schools, restaurants, etc.
- The susceptibility to being used in/on other products, e.g. sprinkling it on food.
- The potential for young people to snort it.
- The appeal to kids, based in part on the above factors and in part on youth-appealing flavors (such as Lemon Drop, a Palcohol flavor described on the Palcohol website).
Alcohol, tobacco use down among teens;
marijuana, e-cigarettes of concern
Fewer teens consider marijuana use to be risky according to results from the state Healthy Youth Survey. State leaders are concerned because research shows that when the perceived risk from using substances goes down, substance use typically goes up. More results from the survey, conducted of 200,000 students statewide last October, are on the Department of Health's web site.
By Steve Freng
Northwest HIDTA Prevention/Treatment Manager
The previous edition of this newsletter closely followed the full implementation of the production, processing and retail sales of marijuana and marijuana-infused products in Washington State. On July 8, 2013, the first five retail stores opened, offering products legalized and produced for persons 21 years of age and older under the auspices of Initiative 502. Much has happened since that date, with several recent events and ongoing developments detailed as follows.
Marijuana: Senator Joe Fain breaks it down
(Please see this page for full article).
daughter in hopes of setting record straight about addiction
Journalist shares story of lost daughter
International Business Times
The "medical" in medical marijuana still a misnomer
While it’s been handed out to more than a million so-called patients in 23 states, marijuana bears no resemblance to anything else in their medicine cabinets. Its use is not well-regulated or -understood, and states have done a poor job of tracking what, exactly, is being doled out at its dispensaries, a new report in the International Business Times concludes.
In Wash. state, a 10-person team toils
for the government — selling pot
The North Bonneville Public Development Authority sells recreational marijuana through its newly opened Cannabis Corner operation, employing 10. It was established to draw tourists to the otherwise "drab" town and with hopes of spurring the local economy, according to a story in the Washington Post.
Seattle launches pot-prevention effort aimed at teens
Community groups in Seattle are launching a citywide effort aimed at preventing use of marijuana and other drugs by teens, Gene Johnson of the Associated Press reports. With support from the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, the campaign aims to spread positive messages that most kids don’t use drugs or alcohol. The messages, which also ask parents to talk to their kids about marijuana, are being displayed on nine billboards around the city, some of them donated by Clear Channel Outdoor. Read the full article in The Seattle Times.
Alaska becomes third state to
approve legal recreational marijuana
Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don't expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public. In the state's largest city, Anchorage police officers are ready to start handing out $100 fines to make sure taking a toke remains something to be done behind closed doors. Read more in a report by the Associated Press via the Bellingham Herald.
Mexican opium farmers expand
plots to supply US heroin boom
Much of the lucrative opium market to U.S. begins in the poppy fields of southern Mexico. Local farmers feel they have no choice, according to an Associated Press article in the Seattle Times.
Office of National Drug Control Policy