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California cities sue state over home deliveries of pot

In the first significant challenge to California’s open cannabis market, 24 cities that restrict pot sales sued Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration Thursday, arguing that by allowing home deliveries in their city limits, the state is violating 2016’s Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Fresno County Superior Court against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and its chief, Lori Ajax, comes in response to a regulation adopted by the agency in January that permits state-licensed firms to deliver cannabis in cities that have banned pot shops. Officials from cities with prohibitions on pot sales objected to the rules, voicing concerns that home deliveries of cannabis would lead to robberies of cash-laden vans and an influx of illegal sellers blending in with licensed delivery fleets

To view LA Times article click here.

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Marijuana and Housing Informational Session - Independent Living Association

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 10am – 12pm,  Joe Eberstein, Program Manager for the San Diego County Marijuana Prevention Initiative (MPI), and, Patrick Foley, Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor - McAlister Institute, will discuss new research surrounding marijuana use, how it affects mental illness, and, the use of it in multi-housing.

Come Learn More About:

Prop 64 & the Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Marijuana products & current trends in use

Public health challenges and mental health issues relating to marijuana use

Smoke free policies and lease addendums

And much more!

For more information click here

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Experts Discuss Impact of Marijuana on Youth - Wisconsin

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Marijuana is a hot topic lately but mainly focusing on the legalization of the drug. Now, experts are talking about it in a different light in central Wisconsin.

On Monday, a four-part series continued about the impact of marijuana on the youth.  The series is taking place at North Central Technical College.

The main topic of the third meeting was strategies of how to combat the impact the drug has on youth.

“In other states, we’ve seen some troubling numbers, increase in emergency room visits, increase in drunk driving incidents, increase in mental health issues, ” Joseph Eberstein of the San Diego County Marjiuana Prevention Initiative said.

The final session of the series is May 6. A Harvard professor will wrap up the series, discussing the impact of the drug, specifically, on the teen brain.

To view NEWS 9 WAOW media click here.

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MPI in Wisconsin - Marijuana and Youth 4 part series

MPI will partner with Marathon County AOD partnership to discuss strategies and resources to prevent youth marijuana use.

April 1, 8:30am - 11:30am - Joe Eberstein: What Works in Marijuana Prevention 

Joe Eberstein, from the Center for Community Research (CA), will offer strategies that communities have & can use to prevent youth marijuana use based on lessons learned from around the United States. (Held in the Center for Health Sciences Conference Center)

To get more information regarding the training click here.

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San Diego adding marijuana, illegal drugs to social host ordinance

The legalization of marijuana and increased use of illegal drugs by young people is prompting San Diego to add those substances to a 15-year-old law that allows police to cite anyone hosting a party where underage drinking occurs.

The San Diego City Council’s public safety committee on Wednesday unanimously approved amending the city’s “social host” ordinance to include marijuana and illegal drugs in addition to alcohol.

If the full council approves the change later this winter, San Diego would join Escondido, San Marcos, Chula Vista and Santee as local cities that have expanded their social host laws.
 
 
 
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New study analyzing effects of marijuana on teenage brains

MPI hosted a media event regarding the initial findings from the ABCD study. Marijuana is legal but that doesn’t make it safe for our teenagers who are in a period of rapid growth. Some researchers are concerned that using marijuana as a young adult can have harmful and long lasting effects on their health and well-being.

KUSI’s Dani Ruberti has more on this story.

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Vaping pot is more powerful than smoking it, study finds

Pot inhaled through a vape device produces a more powerful high — and often with more deleterious side effects — than the smoked version, a new study finds.

At the same level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, vaping led to higher blood concentrations of the chemical than smoking, as well as higher levels of cognitive and psychomotor impairment and a higher incidence of adverse effects, such as vomiting, anxiety, hallucinations and feelings of paranoia, according to the report, published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

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Marijuana Drug Interactions

A total of 610 drugs (4296 brand and generic names) are known to interact with marijuana.

  • 129 major drug interactions (910 brand and generic names)
  • 481 moderate drug interactions (3386 brand and generic names)

Click here for a complete list of drug interactions.

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MPI and Tulare County: Marijuana & Opioid Prevention Summit

MPI was proud to participate in Tulare Counties Marijuana & Opioid Prevention summit hosted by the California National Guard a member of the Tulare County Prevention Coalition. The event was on September 26th at Living Christ Church. Over 200 people from different fields in prevention, treatment and Law enforcement attended. Information and resources were distributed to organize the community around the growing threat of drug use among our children.

For more information regarding the Tulare County Prevention Coalition, click here.

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