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      Volume 17 Issue 17
      04/24/2014





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      From NORML.org:

      Study: Medical Cannabis Laws Not Associated With Increased Use By
      Adolescents

      Alaska: Election Officials Postpone Marijuana Legalization Vote
      To November

      Minnesota: African Americans Six Times More Likely Than Whites To
      Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

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      Illinois: House Approves Legislation to Allow Universities to
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      Pennsylvania: Legislation to Place Marijuana Legalization
      Question on Ballot Introduced

      Illinois: Senate Votes to Expand Medical Marijuana Program


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      Study: Medical Cannabis Laws Not Associated With Increased Use By
      Adolescents


      Providence, RI: The enactment of state lawslegalizing the
      physician-recommended use of cannabis therapy is notassociated with
      increased levels of marijuana use by young people,according to data
      published online in the Journal of AdolescentHealth.
      Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Universityassessed the
      impact of medical cannabis laws by examining trends inreported
      adolescent drug use over a 20-year period in a cohort ofstates before
      and after legalization. Researchers compared thesetrends to
      geographically matched states that had not adoptedmedical marijuana
      laws.
      Authors reported "no statistically significant differences inmarijuana
      use before and after policy change for any statepairing," and
      acknowledged that some states that had adoptedmedical cannabis laws
      experienced a decrease in adolescent'sself-reported use of the plant.
      "In the regression analysis, we didnot find an overall increased
      probability of marijuana use relatedto the policy change," they stated.
      Investigators concluded, "This study did not find increases
      inadolescent marijuana use related to legalization of medicalmarijuana.
      ... This suggests that concerns about ‘sending the wrongmessage' may
      have been overblown. ... Our study ... may providesome reassurance to
      policy makers who wish to balance compassionfor individuals who have
      been unable to find relief fromconventional medical therapies with the
      safety and well-being ofyouth."
      A 2013 study published in the American Journal of PublicHealth
      similarly concluded that the passage of statewidemedical marijuana has
      had no "statistically significant ... effecton the prevalence of either
      lifetime or 30-day marijuana use" byadolescents residing in those
      states.
      A 2012 study by researchers at McGill University in Montrealreported:
      "[P]assing MMLs (medical marijuana laws) decreasedpast-month use among
      adolescents ... and had no discernible effecton the perceived riskiness
      of monthly use. ... [These] estimatessuggest that reported adolescent
      marijuana use may actuallydecrease following the passing of medical
      marijuana laws."
      For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORMLExecutive
      Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORMLDeputy Director,
      at: paul@.... Full textof the study, "The impact of state
      marijuana legislation onadolescent marijuana use," appears online in
      the Journal ofAdolescent Health.

      Alaska: Election Officials Postpone Marijuana Legalization Vote To
      November


      Juneau, AK: Alaska voters will decide this November on a proposed
      initiativeto regulate the production and retail sale of cannabis
      toadults.
      Although the measure was initially scheduled to gobefore voters during
      the state's primary election in August, stateofficials this week
      decided to push back the vote to the Novembergeneral election. The
      postponement was required because lawmakersfailed to adjourn this
      year's legislative session within 90 days,the standard time allotted
      under state rules. Under Alaska law,ballot initiatives must go to
      voters no less than 120 days afterthe end of that year's legislative
      session.
      If enacted by voters this November, the measure would legalizethe adult
      possession of up to one ounce of cannabis as well as thecultivation of
      up to six-plants for personal consumption. It wouldalso allow for the
      establishment of licensed, commercial cannabisproduction and retail
      sales of marijuana and marijuana-infusedproducts to those over the age
      of 21. Public consumption ofcannabis would be subject to a civil fine.
      According to the results of a statewide Public Policy Pollingsurvey
      released in February, 55 percent of registered voters "think(that)
      marijuana should be legally allowed for recreational use,that stores
      should be allowed to sell it, and that its sales shouldbe taxed and
      regulated similarly to alcohol." Only 39 percent ofrespondents oppose
      the idea.
      For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORMLCommunications
      Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit:
      http://regulatemarijuanainalaska.org

      Minnesota: African Americans Six Times More Likely Than Whites To Be
      Arrested For Marijuana Possession


      Saint Paul, MN: African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession
      offenses in Minnesota at arate that is more than six-times higher than
      that of Caucasians,according to an analysis of 2011 FBI arrest data
      conducted bythe nonpartisan think-tank Minnesota 2020 and commissioned
      in part by Minnesota NORML.
      Although African Americans comprise less than six percent of thestate's
      population, they represented over 27 percent of thosepersons arrested
      for violating marijuana possession laws in 2011.By comparison, whites
      comprise some 87 percent of the state'spopulation and constituted 69
      percent of those arrested forviolating marijuana possession laws.
      "Thus, the black arrest ratefor marijuana possession was 687 (per
      100,000) and the white arrestrate was 107 (per 100,000), making blacks
      6.4 times more likely tobe arrested for marijuana possession than
      whites," the study found.
      In 2010, blacks in Minnesota were arrested for cannabispossession at
      7.8 times the rate of whites. Both African Americansand Caucasians
      consume cannabis at approximately similar rates.
      A variety of factors contribute to the disparity in arrestrates, the
      study found. These include "over-policing in communitiesof color,
      cultural differences in where or how marijuana is usedand purchased,
      and [the prevalence] of grants and seizure policiesthat incentivize
      volume over quality in drug arrests," thethink-tank acknowledged in a
      press release.
      The report estimated that the collateral costs of a low-levelmarijuana
      arrest may total as much as $76,000 over the course of adecade,
      including attorney fees, fines, costs associated withattending
      mandatory drug treatment, lost income and job prospects,and barriers to
      public assistance and federal aid.
      For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORMLExecutive
      Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Minnesota NORMLat:
      http://www.mnnorml.org/. Full text of thestudy, entitled "Collateral
      Costs: Racial Disparities and Injusticein Minnesota's Marijuana Laws,"
      is available at:
      http://mn2020.org/assets/uploads/article/collateral_costs_web.pdf.




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