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Controversial fence revives battle over marijuana dispensaries near churches

Local controversy over marijuana dispensaries opening near churches took a new turn recently, when a man proposing a dispensary in Rancho Bernardo built a large fence on the property to create a longer walking distance between the business and the church -- hoping to allow the dispensary under city rules.

Dispensaries can’t open within 1,000 feet of churches, parks, schools and other “sensitive uses” under city rules. But the 1,000 feet is measured by “path of travel” instead of a straight line, so the fence could make a key difference.

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Millions of Americans are driving under the influence of marijuana, CDC says

According to the study, male drivers were more likely to report using marijuana or illicit drugs than female drivers. The people most likely to say they used pot before driving were in the 21-25 age group. The second highest group to report using weed were between the age of 16 and 20, the youngest category of drivers to qualify for a license.

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What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD

You may have noticed that cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be available almost everywhere, and marketed as a variety of products including drugs, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and animal health products. Other than one prescription drug product to treat two rare, severe forms of epilepsy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any other CBD products, and there is very limited available information about CBD, including about its effects on the body.

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Associations of Parental Marijuana Use With Offspring Marijuana, Tobacco, and Alcohol Use and Opioid Misuse

This cross-sectional study found that parental recent and past marijuana use was associated with an increased risk of marijuana and other substance use by adolescent and young adult offspring living in the same household. As any substance use among young people increases the probability of using other or multiple psychoactive substances and of experiencing substance-related consequences,preventing a cycle of multigenerational substance use should be a national priority.

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California cannabis industry sending SOS to state leaders

About 170 years after California's gold rush came the promise of the green rush.

California's legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use was expected to be massive. In 2016, industry investors claimed sales could top $6.5 billion by 2020.
And as 2019 comes to a close, California is indeed home to the world's largest cannabis market, totaling close to $12 billion in estimated sales. But here's the rub: $8.7 billion of that is changing hands in the illicit market.