Democratic Party Adds Marijuana Plank to Platform

The Democratic Party added language to its draft 2016 platform concerning marijuana for perhaps the first time (read the draft here). While the language does not go so far as support either medical or recreational marijuana, it does support states’ marijuana decriminalization efforts and acknowledges the racial bias in the enforcement of marijuana laws. Read the wording below. Continue reading Democratic Party Adds Marijuana Plank to Platform

Advertisements

Barriers to Cannabis Research: Press Release Falls Short

Sarah See Stith and Jacob Miguel Vigil, both from the University of New Mexico (Department of Economics and Psychology, respectively), recently penned a letter to Science regarding some of the federal barriers to studying cannabis by researchers.

I first noticed this letter via a post on the website Science Alert, “Scientists claim the US government is still limiting cannabis research“. However, what struck me as problematic was this quote:

“This has created a truly unique and an unnecessary paradox in modern medicine, in which physicians are authorising treatments to patients, and patients are regularly using medication without a scientific basis of knowledge on patient outcomes, forced rather to rely only on scientifically invalid or anecdotal information,” say Sarah Stith and Jacob Vigil from the University of New Mexico.

Continue reading Barriers to Cannabis Research: Press Release Falls Short

Why are nicotine levels higher in marijuana users who don’t smoke cigarettes?

New research seeks to find out if recent cannabis users are exposed to significant levels of unknown levels of nicotine, which could be due to unmeasured blunt smoking or environmental sources. Click on post to download this research poster being presented on Monday, June 13 at the 2016 College on Problems of Drug Dependence in La Quinta, California. Continue reading Why are nicotine levels higher in marijuana users who don’t smoke cigarettes?

Effects of Medical Marijuana Market Growth on Substance Use and Abuse

Medical marijuana markets with loose restrictions increase rates of marijuana use, traffic fatalities, and adverse alcohol outcomes among youth according to new research. Medical marijuana increased rates marijuana use in older adults but outcomes might be better due to alcohol and opioid substitution.

Continue reading Effects of Medical Marijuana Market Growth on Substance Use and Abuse

Watch: Medical Marijuana Quantity and Trends

Presented at the 2016 Society for Prevention Research conference in San Francisco, watch my presentation on trends in medical marijuana across 13 US states and DC. Learn how medical marijuana use has changed over time within the context of the changing policy landscape.

Continue reading Watch: Medical Marijuana Quantity and Trends