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Adolescent cannabis use alters development
of planning, self-control brain areas
 
Meet Eliza Jacobs-Birchford, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and lead author of this study presented last week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, California. The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and a UIC Provost Award for Graduate Research.
 
Conducted in adolescent rats, this study begins to explain how marijuana changes neurons in the brain’s prefrontal cortex (PFC), which controls high-level cognitive functions including those involved in decision-making, planning, and self-control.
 
“Adolescence is a crucial time for fine-tuning the balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the brain, which combine to control precise patterns of brain activity,” said Jamie Roitman, UIC associate professor of psychology and study co-author. “Substance use as a teenager thus has the potential to disrupt the normal developmental trajectory of the PFC, with potentially long-term consequences for decision-making.”
 
Read Society for Neuroscience account of this study here.

 
One more state legalizes “recreational” marijuana; another one fails to do so.

Two more states legalize "medical" marijuana.

A pro-pot former Congressman becomes Colorado’s governor.

Read on to see how they did it.

 
Marijuana ballot initiative campaigns raised $12.9 million, final pre-election numbers show
 
MICHIGAN
Legalized “recreational” marijuana.
 
Proponents:
Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol raised a total of $2.3 million. This included $1.1 million from the New Approach PAC, $554,205 from the Marijuana Policy Project, and $75,000 from the Drug Policy Alliance.
MI Legalize raised just over $500,000 and two smaller PACs raised a total of $10,000.
 
Opponents:
Healthy and Productive Michigan
Raised $2.2 million, including more than $1 million from SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).
 
 
NORTH DAKOTA
Did not legalize “recreational” marijuana.
 
Opponents:
Healthy and Productive North Dakota
Raised $226,234 plus $237,234 in in-kind services, all from SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).
North Dakotans Against the Legalization of Marijuana
Raised $163,180, including $30,000 from the North Dakota Petroleum Council, $40,000 from the Greater North Dakota Chamber, $10,000 each from the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota and outdoor sports magnate Steve Scheels personally, plus $9,500 from the Scheels corporation.
 
Proponents:
LegalizeND
Raised $19,754 plus $67,264 in in-kind services.
Legalize North Dakota
Raised approximately $12,750.
 
 
UTAH
Legalized “medical” marijuana.
 
Proponents:
Utah Patients Coalition
Raised $831,471, including $268,000 plus $55,111 in in-kind services from the Marijuana Policy Project, $135,000 from the Libertas Institute, $50,000 from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, $49,000 from Our Story, and $35,000 from the DKT Liberty Project.
 
Opponents:
Drug Safe Utah
Raised $842,424 including more than $350,000 from lawyer William Plumb and his associates.
Truth About Proposition
Raised $66,040.
 
 
MISSOURI
Legalized “medical” marijuana.
 
Proponents:
Find the Cures (Amendment 3)
Raised nearly $2.2 million, almost all of that from one donor, physician Brad Bradshaw.
Patients Against the Bradshaw Amendment PAC
Raised $2,530.
New Approach Missouri (Amendment 2)
Raised $1.7 million including $258,500 from the Drug Policy Foundation, $173,470 in in-kind services from the national New Approach PAC, $134,000 from former Anheuser-Busch CEO Adulphus Busch IV and his Belleau Farms, $125,000 from Seven Points LLC, $97,000 from Missouri Essentials, $75,000 from Emerald City Holdings, $25,000 from former TAMKO CEO Ethelmae Humphreys, and $25,000 from Ron Stenger.
Missourians for Patient Care (Proposition C)
Raised $1.48 million but most of that is in-kind services from staff.
 
Opponents (of all three initiatives):
Citizens for SAFE Medicine
Raised $6,000.
 
Read Marijuana Moment article here.

 
TV stations pulled anti-legalization ads ahead of
midterm marijuana votes, advocates say
 
This headline, and the story it describes in Michigan, raises two questions:
  1. Is it ethical for TV stations to pull political ads off the air?
  2. Is it ethical for the ads’ opponents to set up their own “fact-checking” committee as the basis for complaining that the ads are inaccurate? 
Here’s the story. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol created a ballot initiative in Michigan to legalize marijuana for “recreational” use. The coalition is made up of the usual suspects–-the Marijuana Policy Project, the New Approach PAC, and the Drug Policy Alliance, all national organizations based in Washington DC or New York City—who have floated ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for either medical or “recreational” use, or both, in states where they do not live or work. They sweep in with pots of money to legalize pot and leave each state’s taxpayers to clean up their mess.
 
They have succeeded in convincing Americans that marijuana is a “medicine” that cures or relieves some 65 different conditions, is “not addictive,” is “safer than alcohol,” along with a host of other “facts” that are just plain lies.
 
So, it is no small irony that the Coalition has set itself up as a reliable “fact” checker to attack Michigan citizens and those willing to help them prevent the legalization of an addictive, harmful drug in their state.
 
Did the subterfuge work?  Yep. Michigan passed legalization by a vote of 2,346,713 to 1,851,679 (55.9% vs 44.1%).
 
Read Marijuana Moment article here.
For an in-depth report on how the legalization movement has unfolded, read “Tracking the Money That’s Legalizing Marijuana and Why It Matters” here:

 
It wasn’t just cash:
How texting cannabis voters and tech outreach
strategies lifted Jared Polis to victory
 
The Colorado Sun reports, “Jared Polis not only expressed support for the marijuana industry in his successful bid for Colorado governor, he made it part of his strategy to win.”
 
His campaign used a state database of employees working in the marijuana industry to text them tailored messages and send them mailers. The campaign held voter registration drives at the state’s marijuana dispensaries and hired a “cannabis outreach director.” Polis also put $22.8 million of his own money into the campaign. And he ran on a promise to sign bills that would allow the marijuana industry to expand its pool of investors and allow for consumption at pot “tasting rooms.”
 
Peter Marcus, industry spokesman for marijuana grower and retailer Terrapin Care Station, said, “It’s a first. It’s absolutely a first that the Polis campaign engaged with cannabis companies. This is just the continuing evolution with the industry. Each year, we gain more clout, more influence. It’s obviously rewarding that the candidates want to work with us.”
 
Read the Colorado Sun story here.

 
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