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ENVIRONMENT
When Marijuana Kills: Rat Bait at Illegal Pot Farms Is Needlessly Poisoning Larger Animals
 
Rat poison is killing a number of animals in national parks located in California, where thousands of illegal marijuana grow sites destroy the land and some of what lives on it. Authorities find the pesticide on many of these sites.

When black bears, grey foxes, and an array of other animals, including the Pacific fisher pictured above, eat the poison (or smaller animals who have eaten it) they bleed out internally and die. The fisher is an endangered species.
 
Read Scientific American story here.
 
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Cannabis vs. Alcohol:
Economic and Social Impacts
 
People who use marijuana regularly over time have more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job and experience more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse, than nonusers, a new study by University of California researchers finds.
 
Read Medical News Today story here.
 
MARIJUANA INDUSTRY
Effort to Limit Pot’s THC Count Raises Questions
 
While legalization advocates claim regulation is better than prohibition, they deny that once pot is legal the resulting commercial marijuana industry will do everything to fight regulation. The industry’s need for profit trumps public health every time. Here is a classic example.
 
A proposed ballot initiative and a bill in the Colorado legislature would limit the amount of THC in marijuana flowers and marijuana-infused foods to 16 percent and 15 percent respectively. Both also require warning labels warning that little is known about the effects of pot THC levels beyond 10 percent.
 
Industry is fighting both measures on the grounds that such “low” limits would wipe out their businesses.
 
Read Denver Post story here.
 
MARIJUANA INDUSTRY
What Could Change If Recreational Pot
is Legalized in California
 
As if to prove the point in the story above, this story presents the before-legalization argument put up by commercial medical marijuana businesses advocating recreational legalization so that they can make more money.
 
Pictured above are medical marijuana products, in this case marijuana-infused chips and popcorn sold at Kushmart, a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
 
A medical marijauna manufacturer who makes marijuana-infused soda says full legalization will be good for business. “It’ll improve the products. It’ll make things safer ... and it’ll make it more of a legitimate industry,” he says.
 
So if California legalizes recreational marijauna in November, will industry czars like this one work to make their products safer? Or will they fight regulations like those Colorado is trying to create, like lower THC limits?
 
Read California Counts story here.
 
LEGALIZATION WARS
As a Big UN Drug Policy Summit Draws Near, Will Marijuana Activists
Become Global Drug Reformers?
 
Prevention organizations have long warned that the drive to legalize marijuana is the beginning of a drive to legalize all illicit drugs. Now, marijuana activists are admitting that’s what they want. The United Nations will conduct a special session in New York on drug policy April 20 (yes, that 4-20) and advocates hope to undo the international treaties that bind nations not to legalize illicit drugs.
 
Advocacy groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance, headed by Ethan Nadelmann pictured above, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and the Marijuana Policy Project have formed an alliance with commercial marijuana investment groups such as ArcView Group and Denver Relief Consulting. They are pushing for legalizing all drugs, for medically supervised heroin injection centers, and other measures that will increase use, addiction, a myriad of health, safety, and welfare problems, and deaths if they succeed.  

Read International Business Times story here.
 
LEGALIZATION WARS
Legalize All Drugs? The ‘Risks are Tremendous’ Without Defining the Problem
 
The April issue of Harper’s Magazine published an article by Dan Baum, a writer who has called for legalization since the publication of his 1996 book Smoke and Mirrors.
 
“Drug use is not the problem,” he tells NPR, “it is Americans who become dependent on them that is our drug problem … It is tragic for the people involved, it is tragic for their family members, but it is a small problem.”
 
“We could do a better job of living with these dangerous substances if we changed the way we think about them,” he concludes.
 
Read NPR interview here.
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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