Baby boomers are getting high in increasing numbers, reflecting growing acceptance of the drug as treatment for various medical conditions, according to a study published in the journal Addiction.
The findings reveal overall use among the 50-and-older study group increased “significantly” from 2006 to 2013. Marijuana users peaked between ages 50 to 64, then declined among the 65-and-over crowd.
Read the whole article in The Cannabist.
We’re learning more and more about the effects of cannabis use but as this story explains, there’s still a lot we need to learn. “… it’s hard to conduct research on marijuana right now. The report says that’s largely because of regulatory barriers, including marijuana’s Schedule I classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the fact that researchers often can’t access the same sorts of marijuana that people actually use. Even in states where it’s legal to buy marijuana, federal regulations prevent researchers from using that same product.” Read the surprising findings here.
In his great Forbes magazine article, author Jacob Sullum lists the contradictions inherent in current marijuana legislation:
“The comparison of alcohol and marijuana presents an obvious challenge to anyone who thinks the government bans drugs because they are unacceptably dangerous. If anything, that rationale suggests marijuana should be legal while alcohol should be banned, rather than the reverse. Judging from this example, the distinctions drawn by our drug laws have little, if anything, to do with what science tells us about the relative hazards of different intoxicants.”
Well worth reading the entire article here.
The decision to declassify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug has been supposedly held up due to a lack of good data regarding the health implications. (Of course for years the federal government did not allow marijuana to be grown so any testing has been difficult.) But a recent 20-year study in New Zealand may give our government the data it needs: “After controlling for a number of factors, including tobacco use, childhood health, and childhood socioeconomic status, researchers’ 20-year study came to an interesting conclusion — namely, that marijuana use only had a statistically significant adverse impact on periodontal health. In other words, marijuana had no negative impact on a dozen other health factors, including lung function, systemic inflammation, BMI, or metabolic health. ” Read the whole story here.
“The perception of marijuana has been distorted by misinformation from the government but bad branding, like tie dye, pot leaves, women in bikinis and bootleg images of Bob Marley plastered on bongs, has also done its share of damage to the image of product. Kennedy says the industry needs a handful of brands that inspire trust to fuel total legalization.” Read the full Inc. article here.
(We couldn’t agree more. That’s what Cedar & Finch is all about.)
“The stoner culture is kind of offensive to those of us who have held a pipe up to a shaking Parkinson’s patient, and seen how [with] one hit out of the pipe, his shakes can go away, and he can actually get up and make tea and act like a normal person.” Read about the “sisters” who aren’t nuns and their spiritual quest to legalize medical marijuana.
“Every year between 2005 and 2010, nearly 800,000 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges, most of them for possessing small amounts of marijuana. That was a threefold increase since the early 1990s. Those arrested and incarcerated were overwhelmingly black or Hispanic, and poor. By 2012, the United States imprisoned a greater percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. Louisiana’s rate of incarceration is five times as large as Iran’s.” So begins the Seattle Times’ review of WEED THE PEOPLE: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF LEGAL MARIJUANA by Bruce Barcott. Read the entire review here.