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Doctor: Beware of pot-infused Halloween candy

Can be hard to tell between packaging and look of products

By Gary Robbins

Food, candy and drinks infused with marijuana have become commonly available in California since January, when the first licensed pot stores began to open statewide.

The products are among the more popular items sold by the dispensaries. The consumption of edibles also is being popularized by cannabis cooking classes and free online tutorials.

That means there will be more edible cannabis in people’s homes when the public celebrates Halloween on Wednesday.

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Vaping among teens, kids "threatens five decades of public health gains," experts say

The American Academy of Pediatrics called Monday for a major new effort to discourage children and teenagers from using e-cigarettes. According to AAP data, last year 20 percent of high school students, and five percent of middle school students, used e-cigarettes; that is a 75 percent jump overall since 2017.

"The increasing use of e-cigarettes among youth threatens five decades of public health gains," the AAP said.

 

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.
 
 
 

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.