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Human Study
43 babies, ages 1 month to 2 years
Pediatric Research
Funding: Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute through a grant to the
American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center for Excellence,
Children’s Hospital Colorado Research Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Babies’ Marijuana Exposure
Evident in Their Urine
 
This study shows for the first time that marijuana metabolites can be detected in children exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke, thanks to a new, highly sensitive test developed by the Centers for Disease Control. Researchers tested for THC metabolites in the urine of babies admitted with bronchitis to a Colorado hospital between 2013 and 2015.
 
They found that 16% of the children in their study had been exposed to psychoactive components in marijuana smoke and are potentially at risk for negative health effects. They call for research to determine what negative effects may occur in children so exposed.
 
Read more here and here. Read study here.
 
12th Graders Using More Marijuana Edibles
in States that Legalize Pot for Medical Use
 
There is good news and bad news from this year’s Monitoring the Future Survey. The good news is that high school students’ alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use other than marijuana is down, in some cases dramatically: 
  • Smoking half a pack of cigarettes among 12th graders has dropped from 10.7 percent to 1.8 percent over 25 years.
  • The percent of 12th graders reporting they have “been drunk” in the past year has declined from 53.2 percent in 2001 to 37.3 percent this year.
  • And seniors’ past year use of prescription opioid pain relievers has dropped 45 percent in just five years. 
"Clearly our public health prevention efforts, as well as policy changes to reduce availability, are working to reduce teen drug use,” says Nora D. Volkow, MD, director of NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse.
 
But policy changes for marijuana are headed in the wrong direction, making the drug more rather than less available in legalization states, and high school seniors’ marijuana use reflects that. Their past-year use is higher (38.3 percent) in such states than in states that have not changed their marijuana laws (33.3 percent). Further, some 40.2 percent of seniors in so-called medical marijuana (MMJ) states are using edibles—foods infused with marijuana concentrates—compared to 28.1 percent of seniors in states that have not medicalized pot.
 
High school seniors are in the healthiest part of the life span. One wonders why so many young people need so much “medicine.”
 
Read survey report here.
 
Two Congressmen Launch Joint
Political Effort to Pass Marijuana Laws
 
Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, and Earl Blumenauer, D-OR, are creating a bipartisan Congressional caucus to pass federal marijuana bills, including full legalization. They hope to teach fellow members what they say is public support for legalization.
 
They report that Thomas Massie, R-KY, will likely be spokesman for the caucus, but have not yet named any other potential members.
 
Rohrabacher says they will focus on marijuana as a states’ rights issue. “Republicans don’t see this as something that their constituents want, and they may not be positive towards legalization of marijuana. But with the states’ rights issue, that’s how we’ve won the necessary votes from the Republican side in order to win the battle.”
 
Read article here.
 
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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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