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Hash oil: What it is, why it’s dangerous

SAN DIEGO — A growing threat of illegal hash oil labs continues to be a problem in San Diego. Multiple accidents have already destroyed local homes and caused severe injuries.

Now, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office are stepping up and offering in-depth Hash and Oil Lab training.

Since May 5, 2019, DEA has dismantled eight hash oil laboratories in San Diego County; two of which resulted in explosions sending multiple people to the hospital with severe burns.

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Living near marijuana dispensaries makes youth more likely to use it, study finds

Young adults who live in neighborhoods with a higher number of medical marijuana dispensaries use pot more frequently than their peers and have more positive views about the drug, according to a study released by the Rand Corp.

The results were strongest among young adults who lived near dispensaries that had storefront signs, suggesting that regulating such advertising could be one strategy if policymakers are concerned about curbing use of marijuana, according to Rand.

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Push to ban pot ads near San Diego schools, churches and parks

SAN DIEGO — Parents in City Heights on Tuesday came together to protest marijuana advertising billboards that they claim have been popping up all over and too close to their children’s school.

Residents in City Heights say marijuana billboards along University Avenue are illegally near schools.

“I am angry because these marijuana billboards undermine so much of what my friends and I are fighting for,” said Chris Cortez, Hoover High school sophomore

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Medical Pot Laws Are Not an Antidote to US Opioid Deaths, Study Finds

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

Researchers reexamined a 2014 analysis that linked medical marijuana laws to slower than expected increases in state prescription opioid death rates between 1999 to 2010. The original authors speculated patients might be substituting marijuana for painkillers, but they warned against drawing conclusions. The new researchers included data through 2017, by which time many more states had legalized medical marijuana, they found the reverse: Those states actually saw a 23% higher-than-expected rate of deaths involving prescription opioids.

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Coroner claims woman died of a marijuana overdose

A coroner in Louisiana has concluded that a 39-year-old woman has died due to a overdose of THC — or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient in marijuana. However, experts are skeptical, as this would be the first case of a person overdosing on marijuana on record, in the world. Many have assumed that an overdose on THC was not even possible.

In February, the woman was found dead in her LaPlace apartment, and the "medical mystery" was difficult for the St. John the Baptists Parish coroner, Dr. Christy Montegut, to initially solve, according to WWLTV.

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