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Push to ban pot ads near San Diego schools, churches and parks

SAN DIEGO — Parents in City Heights on Tuesday came together to protest marijuana advertising billboards that they claim have been popping up all over and too close to their children’s school.

Residents in City Heights say marijuana billboards along University Avenue are illegally near schools.

“I am angry because these marijuana billboards undermine so much of what my friends and I are fighting for,” said Chris Cortez, Hoover High school sophomore

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Living near marijuana dispensaries makes youth more likely to use it, study finds

Young adults who live in neighborhoods with a higher number of medical marijuana dispensaries use pot more frequently than their peers and have more positive views about the drug, according to a study released by the Rand Corp.

Medical Pot Laws Are Not an Antidote to US Opioid Deaths, Study Finds

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

Researchers reexamined a 2014 analysis that linked medical marijuana laws to slower than expected increases in state prescription opioid death rates between 1999 to 2010. The original authors speculated patients might be substituting marijuana for painkillers, but they warned against drawing conclusions. The new researchers included data through 2017, by which time many more states had legalized medical marijuana, they found the reverse: Those states actually saw a 23% higher-than-expected rate of deaths involving prescription opioids.

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Coroner claims woman died of a marijuana overdose

A coroner in Louisiana has concluded that a 39-year-old woman has died due to a overdose of THC — or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient in marijuana. However, experts are skeptical, as this would be the first case of a person overdosing on marijuana on record, in the world. Many have assumed that an overdose on THC was not even possible.

In February, the woman was found dead in her LaPlace apartment, and the "medical mystery" was difficult for the St. John the Baptists Parish coroner, Dr. Christy Montegut, to initially solve, according to WWLTV.

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Marijuana added to San Diego County's Social Host ordinance

Deputies with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will soon be enforcing a change to the County's Social Host ordinance.

On May 21, 2019, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to approve an amendment adding marijuana to its Social Host ordinance. That means an adult who provides marijuana or alcohol to minors will face consequences. The updated ordinance will go into effect in 30 days. At that time, Sheriff's Deputies will begin to enforce it.

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