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Doctors Call for Warnings
on Pot Use During Pregnancy

The American Medical Association (AMA) will push states that have legalized marijuana in one form or another to place warning labels on all marijuana products and to posts warnings wherever such products are sold.
 
The labels will warn against marijuana use during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
 
The need for warnings is based on research findings that suggest marijuana use may produce low birth weight, premature births, and behavior problems in children.
 
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists proposed the warnings at an AMA policy-making meeting. Adopting the proposal means the issue is now on the AMA’s lobbying agenda.

Read Associated Press article here.
 
Colorado: Do New Medical Marijuana Rules Improve on "Angry Tone" of First Draft?

The medical marijuana industry in Colorado is so powerful it has succeeded in forcing the Colorado Medical Board to redraft – and soften -- its guidelines for doctors who recommend medical pot to patients.
 
The legislature passed a law which among other things required the medical board to craft a policy for medical marijuana recommendations.
 
The goal was to bring such recommendations more in line with other medical practices, such as more thoroughly evaluating patients before recommending medical marijuana and following up with patients once they start using the drug.
 
One guideline was to test women of child-bearing age for pregnancy (based on the same findings the AMA considered in deciding to lobby for warning labels). The softened guideline now asks doctors to “take into consideration the possibilities of pregnancy and breast-feeding” when evaluating patients.  
 
More than 400 comments from medical marijuana doctors, patients, and industry stakeholders let to a rewriting of the guidelines, expected to be approved by the full medical board tomorrow.
 
Read Westword article here.
 
Governor Hickenlooper Issues Executive Order to Declare Tainted Pot a Threat to Public
 
This past week, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order instructing state agencies that regulate marijuana to destroy marijuana crops and marijuana-infused food products that contain banned pesticides.
 
The Denver Post tested a number of plants and foods containing marijuana and found high levels of pesticides in both. Recently, Denver health authorities pulled thousands of plants and foods off the market but allowed them back once pesticide levels faded.
 
But the governor says that a pesticide applied to a crop that is inconsistent with the pesticide’s label means the crop is contaminated, a threat to public safety, and must be destroyed.
 
Read The Denver Post article here.
Read Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order here.
 
High Time for Conservation:
Adding the Environment to the Debate on Marijuana Liberalization
 
The Oxford University Press Journal BioScience has published an article by environmental scientists who call attention to the impact commercial-scale marijuana cultivation is having on the environment.
 
The authors note estimates that California grows from 60% to 70% of the marijuana that is consumed in the U.S. The state legally grows pot for medical use but also has a thriving black market where the drug is grown illegally on private, public, and tribal lands.
 
Pictured above is a photo from the article showing an illegally constructed pond that diverts water from sensitive watersheds that protect a large variety of animal species.
 
“The combination of limited water resources, a water-hungry crop, and illegal cultivation in sensitive ecosystems means that marijuana cultivation can have environmental impacts that are disproportionately large given the area under production,” say the authors.
 
Read BioScience article here.
 
Marijuana in America, 2015:
A Survey of Federal and States' Responses to Marijuana Legalization and Taxation

Two state tax law editors at Bloomberg BNA have written a comprehensive analysis of the state of marijuana legalization in the U.S.
 
Although directed to the marijuana industry, their analysis provides a clear picture of where the country is at this time and where it may, or may not, be going in the future with regard to marijuana legalization.
 
Read Bloomberg BNA report here.
 
Please note: There will be no issue of The Marijuana Report next week, November 25, as we take time to be thankful for our families, our friends, and, in light of what is happening in Paris, our freedoms. Publication will resume December 2, 2015.
 
The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter produced by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Subscribe to The Marijuana Report and visit our website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.

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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