national Monitoring the Future survey shows
The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, conducted annually among 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades, shows a decline in marijuana use from 26 percent to 24 percent this year for the three grades combined.
"The belief that regular marijuana use harms the user, however, continues to fall among youth, so changes in this believe do not seem to explain the change in use this year as it has done over most of the life of the study," said Lloyd Johnston, the study's principal investigator.
Both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975. Use of the number of illicit drugs also show declines this year. The use of e-cigarettes by teens surpassed "regular" cigarette use.
manual written by Big Tobacco
"The formula for success in profiting from a legal drug is simple and has been clearly outlined by Big Tobacco: Identify a product with addictive potential, aggressively market it to as large an audience as possible, develop technical innovations to allow for and promote increased consumption, and deny or minimize potential costs to human health. The marijuana industry is poised to copy this formula, with dire consequences."
Samuel T. Wilkinson, resident physician at Yale School of Medicine.
A panel organized by The Seattle Times and moderated by Times reporter Jonathan Martin weighs in on the medical vs. recreational marijuana market debate and proposed legislation to reconcile the two by Washington state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles.
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The new drug mule?
Drone carrying drugs crashes near U.S.-Mexican Border
A drone carrying methamphetamine crashed in Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Jan. 20, states a report by TV station NBC 7 San Diego.
The unmanned aircraft hauling more than six pounds of crystal meth in six packages fell from the sky into the parking lot of a supermarket in Tijuana just before 10 p.m., according to Vicente Calderon, a Tijuana-based freelance journalist for NBC 7.
Oregon growers vie for real estate in
preparation for recreational marijuana sales
Real estate for pot sales is becoming somewhat of a land-grab, according to a Jan. 20 article by Noelle Crombie of OregonLive.
Washington senator proposes
'Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act'
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, is filing legislation this week to align the currently unregulated medical marijuana system and that of the regulated recreational marijuana system.
In addition to addressing the two conflicting systems, the bill streamlines the newly enacted I-502 system and contains provisions for patient access, public safety and law enforcement efficiency. Read full coverage in the Ballard News Tribune.
A Dec. 9, 2014 webinar co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation and SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) features the views on marijuana legalization of two U.S. Congressmen who are also physicians, along with a panel of experts. The webinar covers the impacts on young brains as well as to the hearts, lungs and mental health on adult population. In making their case against further legalization, panelists also discuss the business and economic impacts of pot and state that there is still much scientifically unknown about the drug.
Office of National Drug Control Policy