A new report from the Colorado Department of Revenue gives us insight into the size of the market and demand for legal marijuana (both medical and recreational) in the state. Demand is much higher than expected: total marijuana demand for adults is estimated to be between 104.2 and 157.9 metric tons. This is largely driven by daily users, who make up almost 70% of total demand.
On June 19, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a deal to create a medical marijuana program for New York. Cuomo says that the agreement “strikes the right balance” between making marijuana available for people who have serious health conditions and protecting public health and safety at the same time. We share Cuomo’s concerns about the balance of making treatment available for people who need it while prohibiting smoked marijuana.
One of the most pervasive myths about marijuana is that it is relatively harmless. Many believe that adolescents can smoke marijuana and not become addicted to it. Our analysis of data released last month from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) shows that in 2012, teens admitted to treatment were diagnosed with addiction involving marijuana far more frequently than other substances.
CASAColumbia recently sat down with Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and Founder of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), to talk about how the U.S. can create smart and effective marijuana policy.
Legalizing marijuana may put our children in danger, according to a May 28 article in Time Magazine. CASAColumbia’s Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Jayaram Srinivasan, wrote a letter to the editor applauding the magazine for drawing attention to this fact. In it he outlined the perils of legalization.
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