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Colorado’s crime wave and marijuana policies

Coloradans’ concerns about public safety are growing and for good reason. Former District Attorneys George Brauchler and Mitch Morrissey recently pointed out startling increases in crime from 2011-2020: a 35% jump in violent crime, and a historic rise in property crimes. While marijuana is not solely responsible for the crime wave, evidence suggests it has

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Federal Regulations of Cannabis for Public Health in the United States

Millions of Americans use cannabis in moderation each month without any problems. However, evidence is mounting of harmful physical and mental health effects associated with heavy or long-term regular cannabis use. At the same time, existing legal markets in the United States are making high-potency cannabis products available to adult consumers. Recent international recommendations suggest

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Vaping May Open the Door to Cannabis Use in Teens

Adolescents who used e-cigarettes were significantly more likely to become new smokers of cannabis shortly thereafter, a cohort study found. Cannabis-naive adolescents reporting ever vaping at baseline were more than twice as likely to report also using cannabis when surveyed a year later (adjusted RR 2.57 vs nonusers of e-cigarettes, 95% CI 2.04-3.09), reported Ruoyan

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Clinical management of cannabis withdrawal

Cannabis withdrawal is a well-characterized phenomenon that occurs in approximately half of regular and dependent cannabis users after abrupt cessation or significant reductions in cannabis products that contain Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This review describes the diagnosis, prevalence, course and management of cannabis withdrawal and highlights opportunities for future clinical research. Read the full study published in

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Association of cannabis potency with mental ill health and addiction: a systematic review

Cannabis potency, defined as the concentration of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has increased internationally, which could increase the risk of adverse health outcomes for cannabis users. We present, to our knowledge, the first systematic review of the association of cannabis potency with mental health and addiction (PROSPERO, CRD42021226447). We searched Embase, PsycINFO, and MEDLINE (from database inception

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