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Vaping Death in San Diego Raises Questions About Pot Use During Pandemic

As San Diego County begins to open up from the COVID-19 pandemic, questions regarding other public health dangers also warrant a closer look. On May 24, a San Diego woman reportedly died from a vaping-related lung injury known as EVALI (E-cig Vaping Associated Lung Injury). She is the fourth local victim of EVALI to be diagnosed during the pandemic.

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Authorities Raid 6 Marijuana Dispensaries, 3 Homes In East County

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — Authorities Thursday announced they raided and shut down six illegal marijuana dispensaries and three residences spread throughout Lakeside, unincorporated El Cajon and San Diego.The enforcement operation was carried out around 9 p.m. Wednesday as part of an ongoing, multi-month investigation conducted by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and San Diego police, with assistance from the county District Attorney's Office.

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San Diego Woman Dies from Vaping-Related Lung Injury

A 76-year-old woman who died on May 24 is the first local fatality of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI), the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today. Three other EVALI cases in young adults were confirmed in recent weeks and they are the first reports of the lung illness in San Diego County since 2019.

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Colorado Dept. of Transportation Report on Marijuana and Driving.

Colorado continues to see cannabis involved traffic crashes that result in serious consequences. Ongoing education and outreach campaigns in recent years have successfully raised awareness that driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal, but studies show behavior is not changing, and motorists are continuing to drive after consuming cannabis.

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Association of High-Potency Cannabis Use With Mental Health and Substance Use in Adolescence

This study provides the first general population evidence suggesting that the use of high-potency cannabis is associated with mental health and addiction. Limiting the availability of high-potency cannabis may be associated with a reduction in the number of individuals who develop cannabis use disorders, the prevention of cannabis use from escalating to a regular behavior, and a reduction in the risk of mental health disorders.

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