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Marijuana's Impact on California 2018

In 1996, California preceded the rest of the United States in allowing marijuana use for medicinal purposes.  Now, in 2018, recreational marijuana use is fully legal for individuals 21 years and over.  This paper will outline the current and potential impacts of these policies. 
 
The purpose of this report is to describe the impacts that the legalization of marijuana for medical use has had in California, as well as the impacts of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  By gathering and examining data, citizens and policymakers can better understand the implications and effects of marijuana’s increased presence in California.
 
Background Due to concerns about public health risks and other possible impacts of marijuana, there is an on-going debate in the United States regarding the effects of the increasing prevalence of marijuana in our society.

To view California's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas report, click here.

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.

For complete Union Tribune article, click here.

Marijuana Drug Interactions

A total of 610 drugs (4296 brand and generic names) are known to interact with marijuana.

  • 129 major drug interactions (910 brand and generic names)
  • 481 moderate drug interactions (3386 brand and generic names)

Click here for a complete list of drug interactions.

MPI - Red Ribbon Activities October 2018

MPI will be busy in October and November with activities centered around Red Ribbon week. Red Ribbon week is a time to remember the hard work of our men and women in Law enforcement and bring attention to the impacts that drugs & alcohol have on our health and safety.

MPI will be conducting several school presentations and informational parent events throughout San Diego County. The first will be a parent presentation regarding changing marijuana laws at the Grauer school in Encinitas on October 25th. Followed by "Reality Week" in collaboration with Mental Health Systems - North Inland Community Prevention Coalition at Rancho Bernardo H.S. on October 31st. MPI will host two sessions to youth regarding marijuana's health impacts on development. Finally, MPI and Epiphany Prep Charter School in Escondido will host drug discussions with youth on Nov 2.

For more information regarding the events please go to the contact page and send us an email to get details.

 

Pot 'more harmful than alcohol' for teen brains

Teenagers using cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their developing brains, a Canadian study suggests.

It found the impact on thinking skills, memory and behaviour was worse than that of teenage drinking. The researchers, from the University of Montreal, urged teenagers to delay their use of cannabis for as long as they felt able. The study tracked and tested 3,800 adolescents over four years, starting from around the age of 13. Drinking alcohol and taking drugs, such as cannabis, at a young age is known to cause problems with cognitive abilities such as learning, attention and decision-making as well as academic performance at school.