Legislation

How to prevent inappropriate teen use?

Especially in Colorado and Washington, people are taking note of teens’ use and access to potent marijuana, and many are concerned that there are not enough measures in place to prevent this. Newly legalized states should look into this before it becomes a national issue. https://wapo.st/2Fgmto9

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The Education of Dispensary Staff is Varied and Lacks Regulation

Training and Practices of Cannabis Dispensary Staff

How much medical training does your local budtender possess? An online survey sent to medical marijuana dispensary staff reported only 55% of staffers had any formal training for their position, with 20% reporting some background in medical/scientific training. The analysis reported that many among the dispensary staff are recommending cannabis choices that are consistent with current evidence, but some are recommending strains that are either ineffective or exacerbate a patient’s condition. The findings of this study stress the importance of consistent and well-regulated training of dispensary staff.

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Common Concerns for cannabis CEOs

When the CEOs of major cannabis companies were asked what they believed the biggest threats to the cannabis industry are, the answers were consistent with common concerns: black market cannabis, public policy, execution of businesses, as well as consistency of product and markets. Not only in the US, but also globally https://yhoo.it/31pNOO9

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News: Medical dispensaries vs Recreational

As more states begin to legalize cannabis recreationally, the number of medical patients drops rapidly. Higher costs, fewer shops, and the removal of some products for ones with a wider appeal can make it difficult for patients to get the medication they have been relying on. http://bit.ly/31slU3Y

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Nevada: first US state to ban pre-employment drug testing for cannabis

Nevada made history today as the first US state to ban pre-employment drug testing for marijuana. The law will take effect on January 1st, 2020. Learn more here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/us/nevada-marijuana-job-screening-trnd/index.html

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The Netherland’s History with Medical Marijuana

A video adaptation of “Key elements of legal environments for medical use of cannabis” that details The Netherland’s history with medical marijuana.

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Teens Regularly Consuming Cannabis More Likely to Have Suffered Sexual Abuse

Identifying teenage sexual abuse victims by questions on their daily lives

According to the World Health Association, approximately 13.4% of girls and 5.7% of boys experience child sexual abuse. Victims of child sexual abuse are more prone to, among other negative health and social outcomes, increased consumption of cannabis as teens. Teens who have been a victim to child sexual abuse are significantly more likely to participate in regular cannabis consumption than their non-sexually abused counterparts. Given its status as an international public health problem, further research needs to be completed to determine appropriate therapeutic plans for victims of child sexual abuse in order to reduce their increased odds of negative mental, physical, and emotional outcomes.

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A theory for a presidential candidate to de-schedule cannabis

One 2020 candidate recognizes the judicial, medical, and economic effects of cannabis prohibition and has laid out a plan to end it. Gillibrand (D-NY) plans to not only de-schedule cannabis but expunge criminal records and boost medical research while harnessing economic opportunities http://bit.ly/31iuNwM

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Producing the ‘problem’ of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in English prisons

The use of synthetic cannabinoids in English prisons is currently considered a “law, order and control” problem, with associated regulation and penalties. There is a clear and problematic disconnect between prison administrators and users. Resources for education, training and work opportunities are missing.

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