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More than half of Alaska high school students in alternative (51%) and correctional (59%) schools used marijuana in the past month
A new report titled Marijuana Use and Public Health in Alaska—2020 presents data since the state legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014.
Another graph from the report shows past-month use among Alaskan youth exceeds that of the US average. The report’s graph above documents alarming rates of use among students who attend alternative and correctional schools.
The report presents many other public-health measures as well, including marijuana-involved traffic crashes, hospital discharges, calls to poison control centers, use by pregnant women, and other indicators.
Read this eye-opening report here.

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Medical marijuana card holders in Alaska, 2014-2019
Here is another measure presented in Marijuana Use and Public Health in Alaska—2020.
Alaska legalized marijuana for medical use in 1998 but did not establish a medical registry until 2013. By 2014, 1,743 Alaskans had medical marijuana cards. The state legalized marijuana for recreational use November 2014, effective February 2015. Retail sales began October 2016.
Read the full report here.

This week’s podcast:
Marilyn Huestis, PhD, on Israel’s experience; advice for researchers
Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD, recently retired as chief of chemistry and drug metabolism at the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse but remains highly active in the field. She is a senior fellow at the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa.; consultant to the US Department of Transportation; and serves on the Science Advisory Boards of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and National Families in Action. She is known for her research on how marijuana use affects driving and how exposure to parents’ marijuana use affects the developing fetus, breast-feeding newborns, and young children, as well as the new psychoactive substances.

Key Points
  • Israel has had marijuana for medical use for a long time. Professor Raphael Mechoulam first discovered THC in 1964.
  • Not until 1988 did we discover the cannabinoid receptor.
  • First International Medical Cannabis meeting.
  • Doctors expected patients to return to them but found patients got their advice from untrained dispensary workers. This meeting changed that.
  • Israel has no recreational use at all.
  • Advice for US researchers.
Listen here.

Up Next? Dr. Huestis on Marijuana Edibles

Seven in ten Vermont voters do not want marijuana commercialized and taxed
A new Emerson Poll sponsored by Smart Approaches to Marijuana finds that 70 percent of people in Vermont do not want marijuana to be commercialized and taxed. 
  • 37 percent of Vermont voters support keeping the current policy of legalized possession and home grow
  • 18 percent want the drug legal for medical use only
  • 15 percent believe marijuana should be illegal 
Only 30 percent support legalizing a taxed commercial market.
Read Emerson Poll here.

One in four athletes
used marijuana in the past year
A review of studies reporting marijuana use among elite and university athletes (n = 46,202), finds that 23.4 percent used marijuana in the past year.
Two studies found a negative impact on performance. Two found no impact.
Acceptable THC levels in urine drug screens vary widely among athletic groups. Given the increase in marijuana availability due to legalization, the researchers call for more studies to determine a universal policy for athletes.
Read Sports Health abstract here.

Who’s spending the most to legalize marijuana?
Out-of-state marijuana companies are spending big bucks to lobby New York state legislators to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Many have licenses to sell medical marijuana in the state, which gives them an advantage. Here’s what they have spent since January 2019.
Those with a medical marijuana license in New York state:
Columbia Care, $218,000
Operates in 10 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.
PharmaCann, $199,992
Operates in six states.
Acreage Holdings, $180,000
Operates in 20 states.
MedMen Enterprises, $120,140
Operates in seven states.
Cresco Labs, $120,000
Operates in 11 states.
Curaleaf, $120,000
Operates in 12 states.
Vireo Health International, $90,342
Operates in 10 states.
Those with no medical marijuana license in New York state:
The People’s Dispensary, $100,000
Operates in two states.
Great Lakes Medicinals, $100,000
Focused in lobbying efforts on obtaining a medical marijuana license in New York.
Etain Health, $90,000
New York’s only pot business founded and operated by women.
Canopy Growth Corp., $75,000
A Canadian marijuana company poised to buy Acreage Holdings if the US legalizes marijuana at the federal level.
Giving Tree Health Center, $30,000
Operates in Rhode Island.
Viola Extracts, $15,000
Operates in four states with plans to expand to Arizona and Nevada.
Read City & State New York article here
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