Is "Big Marijuana" really representing the interests of Georgia citizens and businesses with recent legislation attempts? Or are they trying to create a 2nd “Big Tobacco,” that is not only addictive but also psychoactive?

Bertha K Madras, PhD
Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Bertha Madras, PhD, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, presented at CADCA's National Leadership Plenary. Dr. Madras discussed the importance of using science to inform the public about marijuana's harm. "This is not a war on drugs. It's a defense of our brains," she said during her popular keynote.

Source: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

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AAA Report shows fatal marijuana-related car crashes have doubled in the state of Washington following legalization

Source: AAA - American Automobile Association
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2013-2014 DATA NOW IN: Colorado has highest marijuana use among teens, adults

Source: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This news is related to: Marijuana Usage, Marijuana Data, Marijuana Under-age Use

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Efforts in Georgia to Legalize Marijuana for Autism and PTSD

Presented by: Dr. Kevin Sabet, Dr. Michael Ellis and Dr. Gregg Raduka

Date: June 16, 2016

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  Why the High THC in Georgia’s “Low” THC Oil?

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Composite Marijuana Brain Scan

Any drug that enters the brain has the potential to affect normal brain development. Marijuana is no exception. When marijuana is used, its active ingredient, THC – the strength of which has grown exponentially in the past few decades – alters perceptions and mood, impairs coordination, creates difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and disrupts learning and memory.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, January 2014
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  • #6 - Marijuana and In-State Cultivation
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  • #8 - Marijuana ANd the workplace
  • #9 - Marijuana and driving
  • #10 - Marijuana and Perception of Harm
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Marijuana and Addiction

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that compels a person to become singularly obsessed with obtaining and abusing drugs despite their many adverse health and life consequences.

  • #11 - How and Why the Marijuana Industry Targets Youth
  • #12 - Marijuana and Potency
  • #14 - Marijuana and Pregnancy
  • #17 - Marijuana and life outcomes
  • #18 - Marijuana and the criminal justice system
  • #19 - Marijuana and Treatment
  • #20 - Marijuana Effects on the Heart and Lungs
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Marijuana Effects on the Heart and the Lungs

Marijuana affects the heart. The heart rate is raised 20-100% shortly after smoking, an effect which can last up to three hours and put users at an increased risk of heart attack. In one study, it was estimated that marijuana users have a 4.8 - fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking the drug.

This risk may be greater in older individuals or in those with cardiac vulnerabilities.

Marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs, and frequent marijuana smokers can have many of the same respiratory problems experienced by people who smoke tobacco.

  Study Finds One in Six Children Hospitalized for Lung Inflammation Test Positive for Marijuana Exposure in Colorado

A new study found that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure. Click Here to learn more.

  National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws

The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) has updated its report on State medical marijuana legislation. The report summarizes ongoing and future efforts to regulate medical marijuana at the State level. The updated medical marijuana report follows last week’s updates on follow-up, decriminalization, and personal non-medical use marijuana legislation.

National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
  • To read the medical marijuana legislation report Click Here
  • To read the “follow-up” legislation report Click Here
  • To read the decriminalization report Click Here
  • To read the personal non-medical use report Click Here

American Epilepsy Society Position on Medical Marijuana

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Click here to read a letter from Dr. Amy Brooks-Kayal, President of the American Epilepsy Society and a Colorado pediatric neurologist, to the Health Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The letter describes a scientific study of the negative effects of artisanal CBD oils, similar as Georgia’s “low” THC oil (containing as much as 5% THC) on 20% of children with epilepsy that were studied.

​Source: Amy Brooks-Kayal, MD President, American Epilepsy Society

The American Epilepsy Society, is the leading organization of clinical and research professionals working to advance and improve the treatment of epilepsy through the promotion of research and education for healthcare professionals. Society membership includes epileptologists and other medical professionals, allied healthcare professionals, and scientists concerned with the care of people who have seizure disorders

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Committee on Obstetric Practice - Committee Opinion

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Cannabis sativa (marijuana) is the illicit drug most commonly used during pregnancy. The self- reported prevalence of marijuana use during pregnancy ranges from 2% to 5% in most studies. A growing number of states are legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, and its use by pregnant women could increase even further as a result. Because of concerns regarding impaired neurodevelopment, as well as maternal and fetal exposure to the adverse effects of smoking, women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use. Obstetrician–gynecologists should be discouraged from pre-scribing or suggesting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation. Click here to download a free copy.

Preliminary Findings Demonstrating Latent Effects of Early Adolescent Marijuana Use

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Among early-onset users, continued years of Marijuana use and current Marijuana consumption were associated with thicker cortex, increased (GWR) Gray–white matter ratio and decreased (LGI) local gyrification index. Late-onset users exhibited the opposite pattern. This divergence was observed in all three morphological measures in the anterior dorsolateral frontal cortex. Conclusions: Divergent patterns between current MariJuana use and elements of cortical architecture were associated with early Marijuana use onset. Considering brain development in early adolescence, findings are consistent with disruptions in pruning. However, divergence with continued use for many years thereafter suggests altered trajectories of brain maturation during late adolescence and beyond. Click here to download a free copy of the Early Adolescent Marijuana Use study.

The State of Marijuana Use in Georgia:
A Secondary Needs Assessment

Georgia State University School of Public Health

The State of Marijuana Use in Georgia: A Secondary Needs Assessment -Issued by the School of Public Health, Georgia State University, June, 2015.

Click here to download a free copy.

Georgia Recreational Marijuana Educational Study

Georgia Recreational Marijuana Educational Study

This is a Georgia study regarding voter opinion as to whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in Georgia – issued by Bason Research.

Click here to download a free copy.

The Marijuana Project

Issued by Aegis Sciences in 2015, The Marijuana Project is a clinical rebuttal of the deceptive and often contradictory marketing narrative of the marijuana special-interest groups. It is a succinct resource in booklet format of peer-reviewed literature with an appropriate combination of scientific and medical documentation.

Click here to download a free copy.

Is It Safe To Smoke Marijuana While Pregnant?

Is It Safe To Smoke Marijuana While Pregnant

Rumors  abound that marijuana has no effect on the unborn child, and that it is safe to smoke while pregnant. But research has shown that marijuana use by a mom can cause numerous adverse effects on newborns and growing children. Some effects can linger into adulthood.

Click here to learn more.

Marijuana Policy Strategy

Kenneth Stroup, founder of NORML

"We [NORML*] are trying to get marijuana reclassified medically. If we do that (we'll do it in at least 20 states this year for chemotherapy patients) [we] will be using the issue as a red herring to give marijuana a good name.
That's our way of getting to them . . ."

Source: Quote from Kenneth Stroup, founder of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) from an interview with him which appeared in the Emory Wheel student newspaper on Feb. 6, 1979 (pp. 18-19). Georgia passed its first marijuana law in 1980.

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Media Mention - April 24, 2016

Let’s Be Clear Georgia was mentioned in a recent NBC News article

Source: NBC News

This news is related to: Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Debate, Growing Medical Marijuana in Georgia

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Article - December 9, 2015

Medical Marijuana Panel Rejects Georgia Grow

Source: The Telegraph - Politics & Government

This news is related to: Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Debate, Growing Medical Marijuana in Georgia

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Article - November 4, 2015

Why Ohio voted against legal marijuana — and what it means for the future of the pot debate.

Source: The Washington Post

This news is related to: Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Debate, Rejecting Marijuana Legalization

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Article - June 25, 2015:

The case against Colorado's pot law - Supreme Court case Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado

Source: Los Angeles Times

This article is related to: Loretta Lynch, U.S. Supreme Court, Marijuana Use, Marijuana Laws

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Statistics - (Updated) June 2015

Drug Facts Nationwide Trends

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

This article is related to: Marijuana Use, Teenage Drug Use Statistics, Drug Use Increase

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Legislation - April 16, 2015

HB 1 - Haleigh's Hope Act; Signed by Governor on 04/16/15

Source: Georgia General Assembly
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Article - August 11, 2014

This is what pot does to the teenage brain

Source: Time

This article is related to: Teenage Marijuana Use, Addiction, Youth Neurocognitive Damage, Brain Development

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