Drug to Treat Cannabis Use Disorder Shows Promise in Clinical Trial

A first-in-class drug engineered to selectively inhibit the signaling pathway of the cannabinoid receptor shows promise as a safe and effective treatment for cannabis use disorder (CUD), a condition where a person is unable to control their cannabis use, even though it's causing problems in their lives.  

Click here for Columbia University study.

California sees push to ban pot products that resemble candy

Some public health groups and the California PTA say cannabis packaging might be too appealing to children.

It’s why one California lawmaker wants to end the practice of selling cannabis with packaging that makes it look like candy.

“Poison control centers calls due to pediatric cannabis exposures have skyrocketed since 2016,” said Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. 

 ABC 10 news link here.


Editorial: Why does California allow cannabis edibles that look like kids’ snacks?

When California voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016 to legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana, they were told cannabis would have strict labeling and would not be packaged or marketed in ways that would appeal to children. But the market is now flooded with pot products that are designed to look like candies and snacks popular with kids and in flavors that are enticing to young people.

LA Times article here.


UN Calls For States to End Legalization

The United Nations (UN) says that the U.S. is failing to comply to an international drug treaty by allowing states to legalize adult-use cannabis.

Last month the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) released its annual report of global drug control efforts. The agency appeared to criticize the U.S. for allowing states to legalize cannabis, claiming that doing so was in violation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961.

To view article click here.

San Diego City and county officials are fighting the fentanyl crisis through education

SAN DIEGO — San Diego city and county officials are coming together to raise awareness about the danger of fentanyl for National Fentanyl Awareness Day. This comes as overdose deaths continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout San Diego County.

Local students got a chance to learn more about fentanyl with a sobering visit with the man who sees the deaths firsthand.

CBS news clip here.