Marijuana Use Lowers Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Pot lowers intimate partner violence.

Pot lowers intimate partner violence.

Moderation analyses demonstrated that couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration.

These findings are similar to those of a separate 2014 paper I previously summarized here:

http://norml.org/news/2014/01/09/study-alcohol-not-cannabis-associated-with-intimate-partner-violence

Find the abstract of this latest paper, paid for by NIDA, below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25134048

Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Couples’ Marijuana Use Is Inversely Related to Their Intimate Partner Violence Over the First 9 Years of Marriage

Smith PH, Homish GG, Collins RL, Giovino GA, White HR, Leonard KE.

Abstract

Research on the association between marijuana use and intimate partner violence (IPV) has generated inconsistent findings, and has been primarily based on cross-sectional data. We examined whether husbands’ and wives’ marijuana use predicted both husbands’ and wives’ IPV perpetration over the first 9 years of marriage (Wave 1, n = 634 couples). We also examined moderation by… Continue reading

Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

Jacob Sullum|Aug. 15, 2014 3:17 pm

A new report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) gathers together all the horrible things that have happened in Colorado since the state began loosening its marijuana laws in 2001. The result falls short of the terrifying effect the authors presumably were hoping to achieve.

The introduction presents the report as an objective attempt to “document the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado,” with an eye toward informing the “ongoing debate in this country concerning the impact of legalizing marijuana.” Given the provenance of the report (a government agency that would not exist without drug prohibition), readers may be skeptical of this just-the-facts pose. It becomes increasingly risible as you wade through the document, which considers only bad effects of legalization, down to the uniformly… Continue reading

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe-  Today the city of Santa Fe’s City Clerk announced that the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city’s citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe a vote on reducing marijuana penalties.

The Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign headed by Drug Policy Action and ProgressNow NM, submitted close to 11,000 signatures in 52 days, more than twice the number needed to qualify for the ballot. The initiative now goes before the City Council where the governing body has two options, vote for the ordinance change outright or send the initiative to the people for a vote. Not only will this be the first time in history that New Mexican’s will vote on reforming marijuana laws, it is the first time that the people of Santa Fe brought forth an… Continue reading

United For Care Bus in Florida

What a great way to advertise the upcoming election in Florida. It will be the first southern state for medical! This election in November will make great strides toward removing cannabis prohibition.

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Vote Yes On Medical Marijuana

Medical pot cookie prohibition ruled unconstitutional

 

Owen Smith was caught baking more than 200 pot cookies for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club in 2009.

Owen Smith was caught baking more than 200 pot cookies for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club in 2009.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/medical-pot-cookie-prohibition-ruled-unconstitutional-1.2736526

Court challenge stems from B.C. case of Owen Smith, who was charged with trafficking for baking pot cookies

CBC News

Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:42 AM PT Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 10:43 AM PT

It’s unconstitutional to forbid licensed medical marijuana users from possessing pot-laced products such as cookies or body creams, a B.C. Court of Appeal judge rules.

Parliament has been told to recraft the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act to allow medicinal marijuana users to use products made from cannabis extract. They can include creams, salves, oils, brownies, cakes, cookies and chocolate bars.

The court challenge stems from the case of Owen Smith, who was charged with trafficking for baking pot cookies and producing topical cannabis creams for a medical marijuana club in Victoria… Continue reading

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Aug 14, 2014 | By Simon Makin

The Claim

Casual cannabis use harms young people’s brains.

The Facts

A study found differences in the brains of users and nonusers, but it did not establish that marijuana use caused the variations or that they had any functional significance.

The Details

Researchers at Northwestern University and Harvard Medical School conducted MRI scans of two groups of 20 young adults ages 18 to 25. One group reported using marijuana at least once a week, smoking 11 joints a week on average, whereas the other had used it less than five times total and not at all during the last year. Neither group had any psychiatric disorders, and the users were psychiatrically assessed as not dependent on the drug.

The study focused on two brain regions involved in processing rewards, the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala. These areas create… Continue reading

WPost: Share of arrests for marijuana possession has more than tripled since 1991

Possession arrests have tripled since 1991

Possession arrests have tripled since 1991

Hello all,

For anyone with a long enough memory and experience with the Washington Post and cannabis prohibition, the newspaper’s slow evolution (started soon after the death of publisher Katherine Graham in 2001 and was accelerated by change of editor in 2006) from prohibition lapdog to critic, has to recognize this editorial/content change as another major ‘tea leaf’ of once prohibition-friendly institutions no longer uncritically kowtowing to the govt and their agencies anymore in regards to cannabis:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/13/the-share-of-arrests-for-marijuana-possession-has-more-than-tripled-since-1991/

Today, some editors and writers @ WPost are parroting the same arguments NORML and other reform groups have been championing for years, and putting up credible and verifiable information that behooves reformers…and I say: ‘Welcome to the club. The more, the merrier. The faster cannabis prohibition falls in total!’

:D)

-Allen

NORML

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