Research shows that early marijuana use is detrimental to youth. Not only is early marijuana use associated with poor school performance, higher dropout rates and impacted emotional health, a recent study finds that early cannabis use is linked to self-harm and mortality in youth already experiencing mood disorders. We need to pay special attention to these new findings today, since we know that many of our youth were hit especially hard socially and emotionally by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That is why it is perplexing that, five months into the Biden presidency, we still don't have a new director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Not even Bill Clinton, who initially tried to dodge the issue of drugs when he came into office, and shrunk the office by 80 percent, waited this long (he finally appointed police chief Lee Brown to the post in April of 1993).
Children are at increased risk of accidental poisoning from edibles and other products made from marijuana, according to a new study analyzing calls to poison control centers from January 2017 through December 2019. Calls about poisoning as a result of consuming products such as weed concentrates, extracts, beverages, vape juice and edibles more often involved children under 10 years old, the study found, compared to calls about dried or pre-rolled cannabis plant poisonings.
Thank you to those that attended the MPI - IASIC news event. IASIC, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, is a medical organization of doctors who educate on marijuana based on the scientific and medical literature. IASIC is a non-partisan and non-political group created to facilitate informed decisions when considering cannabis policy and law. Lots of great data and research provided during the event.
For link to full news event click here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDYsV2MnqLQ
For the news event without Q/A located here, MPI IASIC Media Event Edited_Final.mp4 (dropbox.com)
New advocacy group formed - IASIC, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, are doctors who educate on marijuana. The science counters the misperception of the safety of marijuana by international experts who provide science, data, plus clinical expertise. This non-partisan and non-political group are developed, organized, and guided by doctors. MPI is proud to be partnering with them to get the word out about marijuana.
This group has developed an easy to use medical library for the public to understand the harms associated with use. The link below will take you the IASIC site and library.