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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has issued a study showing that 10 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Washington State had detectable amounts of THC in their systems. Between 2010 and 2014, 3,031 drivers in the state were killed in crashes and 303 of them turned out to be THC positive.
 
What’s more, nine months after the state legalized marijuana for recreational use in November 2012, marijuana-related traffic fatalities, which had been fairly flat, began rising. A total of 49 driving fatalities (8 percent) in 2013 were THC positive. By 2014, that number had risen to 106, or 17 percent.
 
This comprehensive report is available in three formats and is free as a service to the public.

Read the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report here. View a slide show that summarizes the report here. Read a Fact Sheet of Key Findings here.
 
World Health Organization Issues Report on Marijuana Health & Social Consequences
 
An international team of some of the world’s most distinguished researchers has prepared an analysis of what we know and what we still need to know about the health and social consequences of marijuana use. This is a comprehensive report that should be read by policymakers, whether they are making public policy, business policy, educational policy, community policy, or family policy.
 
Chapter 9 summarizes the discussions and data presented throughout the report. Section 9.1 lays out what we know about:
  1. Neurobiology of cannabis use
  2. Epidemiology of cannabis use and cannabis dependence
  3. Short-term effects of cannabis use
  4. Long-term effects of regular cannabis use, and:
  5. Prevention and treatment
Section 9.2 identifies areas we need to know more about. These include:
  1. Content of marijuana used today
  2. Prevalence of marijuana use in various countries and population groups
  3. Neurobiology of cannabis use
  4. Health consequences
  5. Social costs
  6. Prevention and treatment
Read World Health Organization Report here.
 
The FDA Finally Steps Up on E-Cigarettes
 
In an editorial, the Washington Post notes that e-cigarette use among underage youth escalated 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, but the federal government hardly reacted. With the announcement this week by the Food and Drug Administration that it is cracking down on e-cigarette makers, Post editors say not a moment too soon.
 
The new FDA rules ban sales of e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18. They require sellers to check buyers' ages. They require manufacturers to submit both the devices and the liquid nicotine products they make for FDA review before sale. The rules also require manufacturers to submit a list of ingredients and any available health information they may know about. 
 
The editors conclude that FDA’s “e-cigarette rules do not overreach. They are long overdue.”
 
Read Washington Post editorial here. Read FDA announcement of new e-cigarette rules here.

The Marijuana Report Editor's comment: Many teenagers remove nicotine capsules from e-cigarettes and replace them with capsules of marijuana concentrates. It is unclear how the marijuana industry, which also makes vaporizers for marijuana use as well as capsules of marijuana concentrates, will be affected by the new FDA e-cigarette rules.
Correction
Last week, a typographical error misstated the email address to contact for readers who wish to add their names to an Amicus Brief in a lawsuit that would invalidate a marijuana legalization ballot initiative in Massachusetts. The correct address is jodyshens@aol.com.
 
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About National Families in Action (NFIA)
NFIA consists of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. Our vision is:
  • Healthy, drug-free kids
  • Nurturing, addiction-free families
  • Scientifically accurate information and education
  • A nation free of Big Marijuana
  • Smart, safe, FDA-approved medicines developed from the cannabis plant (and other plants) 
  • Expanded access to medicines in FDA clinical trials for children with epilepsy

About SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) 

SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of "incarceration versus legalization" when discussing marijuana use and instead focus on practical changes in marijuana policy that neither demonizes users nor legalizes the drug. SAM supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy. 

SAM has four main goals: 
  • To inform public policy with the science of today's marijuana.
  • To reduce the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
  • To prevent the establishment of "Big Marijuana" - and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.
  • To promote research of marijuana's medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.
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