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New poll finds 68% of Americans
favor marijuana policies other than legalization
 
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) continues to demonstrate that when polls give Americans more than two choices – legalize marijuana for recreational use or don’t – full legalization is not supported by a majority of registered voters.
 
In this nationwide poll, only one-third (33 percent) favor full legalization. And just 6 percent more (39 percent) favor legalizing marijuana for medical use. This is in stark contrast to polls asking just two questions – legalize marijuana for medical use or don’t – that find from 80 percent to 90 percent favor doing so.
 
SAM asked other questions that shed even more light on how voters feel about legalization. When asked, “If you knew that tobacco companies were funding the campaign for the full legalization of marijuana, would you be more or less likely to support full legalization?” only 18 percent would be more likely to support legalization.
 
And Presidential candidates who accept campaign money from the marijuana industry are not likely to win. Only 17 percent of registered voters would be more likely to vote for them.
See poll data, conducted by Emerson College Polling for SAM, here.
 
Two-thirds of California cities
prohibit marijuana businesses
 
Only 161 of California’s 482 cities allow commercial marijuana activity of any sort. The remainder have banned all aspects of legal marijuana—growing, processing, and selling. Thirty-four of the state’s counties have done the same.
 
Some local jurisdictions allow only one kind of business, like marijuana testing. Others allow multiple kinds of businesses.
 
Read Marijuana Business Daily story here.

 
Teen pot smoking raises risk
for depression in adulthood, study finds
 
A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry finds there is an increased risk for teens who use marijuana of experiencing major depression and suicidal thoughts as they grow older.
 
The study is a meta-analysis of 11 studies involving 23,317 adolescents who were followed through young adulthood. Those who used marijuana before age 18 had a risk for depression 1.4 times higher than nonusers and a risk of suicidal thoughts 1.5 higher. They were also 3.46 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to those who did not use the drug in their teens.
 
Although the increased risk is moderate, the study’s lead author, Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, professor and psychiatrist at McGill University Health Center in Montreal, says, “Given the large number of adolescents who smoke cannabis, the risk in the population is very big. About 7 percent of depression is probably linked to the use of cannabis in adolescence, which translates into more than 400,000 cases.”
 
Read NBC story here. Read JAMA Psychiatry abstract here.

 
Akron (OH) doctor sees increase
in children using marijuana products 
 
A child psychiatrist and pediatrician, Dr. Laura Markley, at Akron Children’s Hospital says she has seen an increase in the number of kids, some as young as middle school age, being seen at the hospital with symptoms related to marijuana. On average, such cases number one or two a year, but since December her hospital has seen 5 to 6 cases already.
 
“They are conscious, but they are not present, they are speaking in a way that doesn’t make sense to their parents or anyone else around them, acting completely different than they usually would,” Doctor Markley said.
 
Ohio’s new law allowing marijuana for medical use is just getting underway, but she has seen patients who have used edibles and high THC waxes and marijuana oils that can be inhaled in vape pens.
 
"They [the manufacturers] have distilled it into a liquid that teens can put into what looks like a regular vape pen, and can literally sit next to their parents inhaling 30 percent THC and their parents are none the wiser," Dr. Markley said.
 
She fears she will see even more cases as use becomes more widespread.
 
See Cleveland Fox 8 here.

 
28 kids showing signs of drug intoxication
taken to hospitals in Fulton County (GA)
 
Twenty-eight students from Sandtown Middle School were taken to several Atlanta-area hospitals last Thursday after being sickened eating Valentine treats. By Monday, all had been released from the hospital.
 
School officials said the students ate heart-shaped lollipops and Rice Krispy treats and later suffered hallucinations, disorientation, and watery red eyes. The young people cried frantically off and on. They couldn’t tell authorities where they were or explain what had happened to them.
 
School authorities said they will follow through to the full extent of the law and the Student Disciplinary Code and will create an education campaign to warn students not to eat foods that come from an unknown source.
 
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is testing the foodstuffs now.
 
Read the Atlanta Journal Constitution story here.

 
Parents: Keep medical marijuana dispensaries away from schools
 
A poll taken by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan finds that seven in ten parents think they should have a say in where marijuana dispensaries are located. Most think dispensaries should be banned within a certain distance from schools and daycare centers.
 
Half the parents said they worry about the risk marijuana-impaired drivers may pose to children. A recent survey said that more than half of patients using marijuana for medical purposes say they drive while high.
 
Nearly half (48 percent) the parents worry that children are more likely to find and ingest marijuana edibles left behind by dispensary customers, while 49 percent believe teenagers will have easier access to the drug. Other concerns center around dispensaries setting a bad example for kids (45 percent) or attracting crime (35 percent).
 
Because regulations are so variable from state to state, parents do not know how or when to try to influence decisions about where dispensaries may be located in their communities. But they definitely want to find a way to participate in such decisions.
 
Read this University of Michigan press release from EurekAlert here.

The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

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Birmingham, Alabama 
 
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