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Marijuana Use by Breastfeeding Mothers and Cannabinoid Concentrations in Breast Milk

Background and Objective: Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug among breastfeeding women. With legalization of marijuana in some states and a 1990 study in which authors documented psychomotor defecits in infants breastfed by mothers using marijuana, there is a need for information on potential exposure to the breastfed infant.

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North County teens join forces with law enforcement for drugged driving awareness

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Youth advocates from two North County schools teamed up Saturday night with law enforcement to increase awareness about drugged driving.

Students joined sheriff's deputies at a DUI checkpoint in Poway where they thanked sober drivers for not putting others at risk. 

"So we're out here making sure that everyone is doing the right thing and we're thanking them for driving safely," said Gabe Ricj who was part of a group of local students volunteering at the checkpoint to help raise awareness around impaired driving. "I've heard some stories of kids at my school who have been under the influence and gotten in crashes. (It’s) important to me (to) make sure that doesn't happen to anyone or their loved ones."

Deputies were at the checkpoint until 2:00 a.m. Sunday. While News 8 crews were on the scene, several drivers were sent to a secondary screening for suspicion of DUI.

3 Things I Wish Parents – and Teens – Knew About Pot

Many people believe that teen marijuana use is not harmful. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We live in California, where marijuana is now, as of Jan. 1, legal for recreational use. My four teens report that pot is already very easy to come by and that “everyone” uses it. More concerning to me: Many of my friends – fellow parents – believe that teen marijuana use is not harmful.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

First, the good news: Most teens don’t smoke pot or ingest edibles. That said, 41 percent of American high school seniors report having used marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids in the past year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That’s a very large minority. Do they know what they are doing? Here is what I wish all kids – and their parents – knew about pot:

Marijuana slows brain development in adolescence.

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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

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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.

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