Canada: Government New Pot Pusher to People!

Legalization of cannabis sparks curiosity in people who haven’t used it in years – or ever

Government oversight and the now legal promotion of ‘getting high’ under government legislation, sees Canadian Government as the new promoter, permitter and pusher of weed! Regardless of outcomes! (Dont Legalize Drugs)

Legalization has drawn a whole new segment of people who prefer to use legal cannabis and are willing to pay more for it, said Jennifer Lee, the lead partner managing the cannabis sector for consulting firm Deloitte.

“Government oversight does bring a whole new cohort to the market,” she said. “They could have tried it on the black market. They just chose not to, because they wanted to know it was a safe product.”

Generally, she said her research has shown that people over 55 are most enticed by this market, because they dabbled in marijuana years ago and can afford to pay more for legal weed.

People with no cannabis experience often ask for cannabidiol, also known as CBD, a non-psychoactive extract that is used to treat pain and anxiety, said Mike Babins, owner of Evergreen Cannabis in Vancouver.

“They come in here saying, ‘I have no desire to get high. I just want CBD,’ ” Babins said. “And we say, ‘Why? What’s so wrong with being high? Do you think it’s like all those old propaganda movies and you’re going to think you’re a bird and you’re going to jump out the window with all the pretty colours and your family will find you dead on the front lawn?’ ”

Sometimes people still want to stick with CBD, but for those who are willing to try cannabis containing THC, the mind-altering ingredient, staff guide them toward lower-dose products and

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USA: Weed at Work Always a Workplace Worry

Reefer Madness: Funeral Director May Seek Reasonable Accommodation for Off Duty Medical Marijuana Use March 30, 2019

On March 27, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings Inc. reversed the dismissal of an action under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) alleging failure to accommodate out-of-office use of medical marijuana for cancer treatment. The Court held that New Jersey Compassionate Use Act’s mandate that employers need not accommodate medical marijuana users in the workplace does not foreclose an action under the LAD when the employee was suffering from a disability and was not seeking to use marijuana during work.

Background Facts

Justin Wild, a licensed funeral director, was employed by Carriage Funeral Holdings (Carriage). In 2015, Wild was diagnosed with cancer and was prescribed medical marijuana as part of his treatment. In May 2016, while working, Wild was in a car accident and was taken to an emergency room. Wild disclosed to the hospital that he had a license to use medical marijuana. Because Wild did not appear to be under the influence of marijuana at the time, the treating physician declined to perform a blood test.

The trial court dismissed Wild’s LAD and defamation claims, citing the New Jersey Compassionate Use Act’s mandate that that nothing “require[s] . . . an employer to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in any workplace.” N.J.S.A. 24:6I-14.

Appellate Division Reverses and Allows Wild His Day In Court: Because the case arrived after a motion to dismiss, the Appellate Division was constrained to accept as true Wild’s allegations. In this context, the Appellate Division held, Wild plainly pleaded the prima facie elements of a LAD claim: he alleged that he was disabled because he had cancer, he was able to continue to work as a funeral director, and that his employment was terminated.

Bottom Line: As norms evolve with respect to the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, employers must be extremely careful with respect to employee use of marijuana. In New Jersey, the Compassionate Use Act allows employers to prohibit the use of medical marijuana at work and do not need to accommodate marijuana use at-work. The Wild decision is a reminder for employers to engage in the interactive process and exercise caution if an employee is using marijuana outside of work and is not under the influence on the job. Termination of an employee solely on that basis will be problematic and may lead to liability under the LAD.

For complete article – Marijuana Mayhem – Employees need to be sober to work!


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USA: Legal Weed Making Workplaces Unsafe

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BREAKING: New Study Highlights Massive Increase in Workplace Marijuana Positivity Rates in “Legal” States

(Alexandria, VA) – Today, an analysis of 10 million drug samples by Quest Diagnostics found that states that have “legalized” the use of marijuana have seen massive increases in workforce positivity since legalization. Oregon has seen a 63% increase, Nevada has seen a 55% increase, and Colorado has seen a 47% increase. All states that have implemented legal sales far outstrip the national average of 2.3%. Overall workplace positivity rates rose 10% last year while positivity rates in safety-sensitive workers, such as airline pilots and nuclear power plant employees, increased 5%.
“While rates of drug positivity have mostly fallen over the last few decades, marijuana use has risen as legalization efforts have perpetuated the idea that pot use is safe, and state sanctioned,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “These numbers are even more disturbing when one takes into consideration the fact that many employers are beginning to forego drug testing of their employees as drug use becomes more widespread.”
Furthermore, Quest Diagnostics noted that 4.4% of the samples contained traces of both legal and illegal substances such as marijuana, prescription opioids and other drugs. This is the highest rate of drug positivity since 2004 and continues a six-year upward trajectory in marijuana positivity in the U.S. workforce.
“Our in-depth analysis shows that marijuana is not only present in our workforce, but use continues to increase,” said Barry Sample, PhD, senior director, science and technology for Quest Diagnostics in a press release . “As marijuana policy changes, and employers consider strategies to protect their employees, customers and general public, employers should weigh the risks that drug use, including marijuana, poses to their business.”

“Lawmakers in states considering legalization must look at these numbers, consider the risk of future tragic circumstances in the workforce, and ask themselves if the juice is worth the squeeze,” continued Dr. Sabet. “Do we really think our country will benefit from our workforce becoming increasingly more impaired? It is time to end this failed experiment of pot legalization.”

About SAM:
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.
Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and costs that far outweigh pot revenues.These states have seen  a black market that continues to thrive, sustained disparities in marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana.
Marijuana is not a harmless drug. View the stories of its victims here

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GLOBAL: Weed is NOT ‘SAFE’, far from it!

Marijuana and psychosis: Real data, real bad

April 2019  By , Op-Ed Contributors

The pitfalls and perils of marijuana legalization are well-documented. But whenever we discuss that research here on BreakPoint, we’re accused of not having the right research. What that means is that we’ve used studies that contradict the very vocal advocates of weed.

Well, let’s see what happens when we cite The British journal The Lancet, which, along with the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, is considered the “gold standard” for peer-reviewed medical research. It doesn’t get more “real” than being published in The Lancet.

A just-published study in The Lancet involving, among others, researchers at King’s College London, compared 900 people who had been treated for psychosis with 1,200 people who had not. Sample participants were drawn from across Europe and Brazil.

By “high-potency” the researchers meant marijuana with a THC content of more than ten percent. To put that figure in context, a study of the weed seized by the DEA between 1995 and 2014 found the THC content went from about 4 percent in 1995 to 12 percent in 2014.

Today, it’s not uncommon to read of marijuana that’s legally-sold in places like Colorado with THC content above 20 percent, occasionally 30 percent! Legalization advocates minimize the exponential growth in potency by saying that twenty or more years ago, Americans didn’t have access to “the good stuff.”

Well, that misses the point by several astronomical units. The point is that those people who daily use “the good stuff” are five times more likely to find themselves in a hospital suffering from delusions and hallucinations, to name only two symptoms of psychosis.

Now, critics will respond, “That’s correlation, not causation.” And that’s the criticism leveled at journalist Alex Berenson, author of “Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence,” a book I recommend highly. But as I heard Berenson say just last week in Denver, of course it’s correlation and not causation. The only way to prove causation would be to ask half a sample group to experiment with something that may harm them. That’s not ethically possible. By the way, all the studies that made us believe that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer were correlated studies too, but that was enough to convince us all.

Even so, writer Ron Powers doesn’t need a peer-reviewed study to convince him of the link between marijuana use and psychosis. In his 2017 book, “Nobody Cares About Crazy People,” he tells the moving story of his two sons, Dean and Kevin, who were both diagnosed with schizophrenia in their late teens.

As Powers tells readers, while there is a strong genetic component to schizophrenia, there is no “schizophrenia gene.” Instead, it’s a constellation of genetic and environmental factors that make people susceptible to schizophrenia. One of these, as Powers painfully learned, is heavy marijuana use, especially in the teenage years.

Of course, some people will tell you that they and most people aren’t mentally ill, so there’s little if any risk. But for a host of reasons, no one can know that with certainty. In fact, all pronouncements about how safe marijuana legalization is simply overstates the case.

For complete story Weed is REALLY BAD!


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Colorado: Now they want to jack up vaping age to stem the damage?

Proposed Law Raises Legal Age To Buy Tobacco, Nicotine Products To 21 In Denver: CBS Denver March 30, 2019

DENVER (CBS4)– The City and County of Denver Department of Public Health & Environment wants to raise the legal age to buy tobacco and nicotine products to 21. It’s a step health officials say will prevent thousands of teens from accessing these products.

“If somebody wants it they’ll end up getting it,” said Johann Gottschalk, the manager of Hush Vapor Lounge.

City leaders say usage of tobacco and nicotine products in increasing rapidly and research shows those who try e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke tobacco later in life. The policy change could stop the trend and promote public health, according to the health department.

“I don’t think that’s fair, I’m personally 19 and I’d be out of a job,” said Gottschalk. “I don’t see that three years making a huge difference.”

He started smoking when he was 16 and eventually switched to vape products. He says they are now a part of his daily life, both for work and personal use. He worries that teens can still sidestep this change by asking someone older to buy them the products they want.

“You could just have your friend who is 21 go into a vape store while you stand outside and I check his ID,” said Gottschalk.

The new law would not only raise the legal age from 18, it would also remove the sale of tobacco products from vending machines. One of the concerns related to vape products is the variety of flavors, options that can appeal to young teens. For complete article Colorado Cannabis Chaos Continues



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We have been blessed to be able to share our message in the pages of newspapers and media outlets all across the country this year.
In New York, we have covered made our case loud and clear in numerous papers throughout the states:

In The Buffalo News,  we pointed out that the rush to legalize marijuana in New York is not going to benefit the state or be a “win” for social justice, it will only serve to enrich the Wall Street investors, Big Tobacco, and Big Pharma:
” Since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo flip-flopped on recreational marijuana the issue of legalization has gained an unfortunate air of inevitability. This perception has spurred Wall Street investors to dive in and brought cheers from pro-pot advocates who claim legal weed is a major step for social justice…
In the Daily Newswe addressed how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was making a dangerous mistake by putting the interests of the marijuana industry over public health and safety:
” Just last year, Gov. Cuomo stood on the side of public health when he stated he was against legalizing marijuana because “marijuana leads to other drugs and there’s a lot of proof that that’s true.” Now, in a sudden about-face, he is ignoring the state medical society and has officially called for the state legislature to legalize the drug. Given the high potency rates of today’s marijuana, Cuomo’s new position is dangerous for our state.

In LoHud,  we challenged Governor Cuomo’s assumption that legalization would be a windfall for the state in terms of tax revenue:
” On his way out the door, California’s governor, a Democrat, stated plainly: “I have not counted on any revenue from marijuana. Who’s counting on the marijuana revenue? People said that to make it more plausible for voters.” What makes us think the New York experiment will be any different?

The General Law Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill to legalize the commercial sale of marijuana in the state on the same day that the New Jersey Senate was forced to cancel a scheduled vote on its bill to set up the marijuana industry there. In the Hartford Courant, we argued that Connecticut lawmakers should follow the example of other states and reject Big Marijuana:
“Legalizing marijuana would unleash the second coming of Big Tobacco – which is currently investing billions into Big Marijuana – by legitimizing an industry that markets highly potent, unregulated pot products. This will be like pouring gasoline on the fire that is the opioid epidemic. Connecticut lawmakers should defend public health, safety, and commonsense and kick the industry to the curb.”

In  The Hill, a prominent national media outlet focusing on federal policy, our Director of Local Affairs and Executive Director of High Means DUI, Dana Stevens,  pushed back on dangerous, pro-pot comments made by California Senator Kamala Harris:
“California senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris admitted during her recent appearance on “The Breakfast Club” radio show that she smoked pot in college. In an apparent effort to seem ‘cool’ for the hosts and audience, and making references to popular rap music, she went on to say, “I think it [marijuana] gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.” Few would criticize Harris for smoking a joint in college, but her clear misunderstanding about the differences between today’s high-potency, commercialized marijuana and her college joint, are alarming. It demonstrates just how effective ‘Big Marijuana’ lobbyists have been at convincing politicians that legalizing weed is no big deal.”

Additionally, after SAM testified against the so-called SAFE Act, a bill that would grant the marijuana industry access to the federal banking system, we  shared a piece detailing a comprehensive argument against the bill:
“Over the past week, many have discussed the recent congressional hearing for the so-called SAFE Act, a bill that supporters say would grant the marijuana industry access to the federal banking system. In reality, this bill should be renamed the UN-SAFE Act.
Let me explain why…”

In Illinois, where newly-elected governor JB Pritzker has made legalization a key part of his policy platform, we are actively ramping up our activity and getting our message out.

In the  Journal Star , we announced the beginning of our efforts in the state to oppose marijuana legalization and discuss the efforts our grassroots coalition was undertaking to push back against the promoters of the marijuana industry:
“As Gov. JB Pritzker charges ahead in his push for legalized recreational marijuana, a growing coalition of Illinois citizens, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and parents are telling lawmakers to slow down and look at the facts before we recklessly approve recreational pot in our state.”
In the  Rock Island Dispatch Argus, SAM Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor,
Luke Niforatos,  detailed his experiences from living in Colorado when the state voted to legalize:
“Calling Denver home when Big Marijuana first moved in, I experienced all of the problems firsthand that came with legalization. It was hard to walk my young daughter in her stroller without her being covered by secondhand smoke and the smell of weed in the air. But what do you expect when in cities like Denver, there are more pot shops than McDonald’s and Starbucks combined?”
When a bill to export pot out of Oregon was introduced, we  addressed how this would be illegal as the federal government regulates interstate commerce. Additionally, Oregon’s marijuana is famously unregulated and the state itself admitted that it could not verify its marijuana was safe for human consumption:
“Oregon has a massive problem on its hands. That problem is the more than 1 million pounds of pot that was grown in the state that has gone unsold through legal channels. So, what do pro-pot industry lawmakers in the state want to do about their glaring overproduction problem? They want to engage in state-sponsored trafficking of pot.”
A bill to legalize marijuana cleared a committee in the  New Hampshire General Assembly recently. Although its prospects are dim, we still placed an oped in the Nashua Telegraph outlining why New Hampshire lawmakers should follow the example of New Jersey and kill the bill:
“At the end of last month, a bill to legalize marijuana passed a key committee in the New Hampshire House. While the bill certainly has an uphill climb, no lawmaker who truly has the interest of public health and safety would let this proposal see the light of day. To find out why, let’s take a look at how it has affected other states.”
In the Colorado Springs Gazette, SAM Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor Luke Niforatosdiscussed the serious health and safety risks associated with high potency marijuana concentrates and called on Colorado lawmakers to ban their sale and use:
“The research is very clear that concentrates are linked to psychosis, toxicity, addiction and many other public health hazards. They are also responsible for butane explosions that have claimed lives and destroyed homes. And, of course, more children are accessing these highly dangerous products, and that is not the future we want for Colorado families.”
In the largest paper in Hawaii,  we made the case that the argument for legalizing marijuana because of mass incarceration is a false argument:
“Promoters of Big Pot – an industry that markets gummies, candies and lollipops in kid-friendly, colorful labels that find their way into the hands of children – often claim the illegal status of marijuana keeps our prisons stocked with low-level, non-violent offenders. In reality, this is simply not true.”
In New Jersey, where we recently scored a huge win by forcing the State Senate to cancel a vote on the legalization bill, we have been a regular presence in the editorial pages of the Asbury Park Press :

NJ-RAMP Advisor Ijeoma Oparaparticipated in a “Pro/Con” debate arguingthat the proposed social justice arguments in favor of legalization can only truly be accomplished by supporting Senator Ron Rice’s decriminalization and expungement bill.
” It seems like every day there is a new twist in the long odyssey to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. One of the most widely used arguments centers on the issue of social justice. And while it is true that drug laws have disproportionately fallen on people of color, marijuana legalization is the wrong remedy.
Additionally, Stephen Reid, who serves as the Executive Director of NJ-RAMP, argued in the paper that the promised windfall being used by Governor Murphy as a selling point for legalization in the state  will fail to materialize:
” In his State of the State address last week and in many other instances, Murphy has repeatedly stated that social justice is the main driver of his push for legalization. But the reality is the governor is really after the tax revenue that supporters of legalization like to talk so much about. If the true purpose for legalization was about social justice, surely the current sticking point over the rate at which the state should tax the substance wouldn’t exist.
Finally, in the days leading up to the vote, SAM president Dr. Kevin Sabet and NJ-RAMP Executive Director Stephen Reidargued that marijuana legalization is not the way forward for the state:
” The pot industry is longing to become the next Big Tobacco and will do everything in its power to decrease regulations and maximize its own profits – at the expense of public health and safety. Lawmakers need only to look at the alarming example of other states to see why marijuana legalization is the wrong path for New Jersey.

Please take a moment to read through these op-eds and let me know what you think. If you would like to help us continue to get the message out and keep holding the marijuana industry accountable,  chip-in with a donation by clicking here .
Thanks for all you do,
Kevin Sabet
President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana 


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UK: Chief Medical Officer Seeing Through the ‘Smoke Screen’!

Dame Sally sees sense over cannabis – she can’t say we didn’t warn her

BETTER late than never, but it’s a pity that the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, did not see fit to warn against the perils of legalising medicinal cannabis when she had the chance to stop it.

Dame Sally’s recommendation allowed ‘cannabis-based medicinal products’ to be ‘rescheduled’ – in effect legalised – although the evidence of efficacy from her own review was extremely limited, the problems associated with the medicalisation of cannabis were well known and the testimonial evidence that so influenced the Home Secretary fell far short of the standards required for the approval of other drugs, i.e. ‘adequately powered, double blind, placebo controlled randomised clinical trials’.

Since then medical researchers have warned against unrealistic expectations for the treatment of epilepsy.

Patients, she told them, believe (falsely) that the drug can cure multiple conditions. Furthermore, ‘despite being recently legalised for medical use’, there was currently insufficient evidence to prove the products are both effective and safe. Now she tells us.

Ironic but welcome, not least to hear her voicing her concerns about safety: ‘THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) we know has an impact on the brain and causes depression, schizophrenia, brain development problems in young and adolescents.’ It was also welcome to hear her comment, ‘If a pregnant mother was taking it I’d be very worried.’ For good reason too. Gestational cannabis has been linked with a clear continuum of birth defects in a range of longitudinal studies, as well as increased foetal death, and reflects a worldwide increase in high cannabis-using areas. It’s high time we had full public health information about quite how dangerous (in so many ways) this addictive and therefore difficult to treat drug can be.

At least Dame Sally is now listening. Perhaps she might now encourage the Home Secretary to review his ill-considered decision.

For complete article  Dame Sally Sees Sense on Cannabis


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USA: NJ Backdown on Legalizing Weed Vote – Why?

Dear friend,
In case you missed it, the New Jersey State Senate was just forced to cancel a scheduled vote on a bill to legalize marijuana.
Thanks to the efforts of our affiliate, NJ-RAMP and its Executive Director, Stephen Reid, Senator Ron Rice of the New Jersey Black Legislative Caucus, Bishop Jethro James of Paradise Baptist Church, Mary Pat Angelini, former legislator, and many other bi-partisan leaders and social justice activists who refused to let Big Pot target their communities.
The advocacy of this coalition helped convince legislators in New Jersey see through the smokescreen put up by Big Marijuana and realize the dire consequences legalization could bring.
This victory is by far the greatest of the past year, but we are just getting started.
Governor Phil Murphy in New Jersey won’t give up on the bill. New York’s Legislature- many of it’s members were watching this New Jersey outcome very closely- is shuddering as the push for legalization in the budget has all but failed in the face of our valiant coalition. Illinois’ state leadership also watched this titanic victory closely as they prepare to unveil their misguided legalization bill any week.
We have Big Marijuana on the run, but now is not the time for a victory lap. We need your help. Many state legislative sessions do not end until this summer.
Join us and chip in with a donation to help bring even more historic victories to the cause of public health and safety!
I applaud you for all your efforts.
All the best,
Dr. Kevin Sabet
President and Founder
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
About SAM Action
SAM Action is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to promoting healthy marijuana policies that do not involve legalizing drugs. SAM Action engages in high-impact political campaigns to oppose marijuana legalization and commercialization.
Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades –  is addictive and harmful to the human brain , especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in  drugged driving crashes ,    youth marijuana use , and  c osts that far outweigh pot revenues. These states have seen  a black market that continues to thrive, sustained marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana .
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UK: Skunk Shock – Children Pay Price for Pothead Paradise??

Children aged NINE are damaged by cannabis: Shocking toll of young patients admitted to hospital with mental disorders

  • More than 3,400 patients under 19 went to hospital due to mental and behavioural illnesses brought on by cannabis last year
  • NHS figures show the number of admission has risen 38 per cent since 2013/14
  • Teenagers say cannabis has become more accessible through social media sites
  • Dealers may post cannabis bag pictures on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram
  • James Hamilton had a cannabis addiction aged 14 and developed depression


Children as young as nine are being admitted to hospital with severe disorders caused by cannabis, figures reveal.

More than 3,400 patients under the age of 19 were admitted last year because of mental and behavioural illnesses triggered by the drug.

Doctors are seeing a ‘whole new generation’ with serious problems, who are increasingly buying cannabis via social media websites.

NHS figures show that admissions for disorders caused by the drug among under-19s have risen by 38 per cent since 2013/14, and by 10 per cent in the past year alone.

Last week a major study in the Lancet Psychiatry journal revealed that potent forms of the drug increased the risk of psychotic disorders five-fold. A shocking 30 per cent of new cases of psychosis in London are linked to skunk cannabis, the King’s College London researchers found.

For complete and disturbing article go to Evil Drug Destroying Lives


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USA: Yale Professor Slams Pot!

A Yale Doctor Warns of Dangers of Pot Legalization

One of the state’s most vocal opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in recent years has been Dr. Deepak D’Souza, a research scientist and professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

In testimony before the legislature and in his role as a member of the state medical marijuana program’s board of physicians, an advisory group for lawmakers, D’Souza has laid out what he says are the dangers of legalization. His four areas of concern are the impact on young people and the developing brain; the anticipated increase in cannabis use disorder; the negative impact on people with serious mental illness; and increased motor vehicle accidents. For complete article Yale Professor of Slams Pot!


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