Just because marijuana is legal doesn’t mean it’s safe

first_imgThe Tribune 2 January 2017Family First Comment: Here’s a clear warning of legitimising a drug…“In a study published last week in JAMA Pediatrics, Cerdá’s team of researchers found that teens in Washington state started getting high more often after voters legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Why? They were convinced the drug wasn’t dangerous anymore.”#saynopetodopeResults from the 2016 election brought about new rules on the use of recreational and medicinal marijuana in several states, with more than half now allowing for the later. Federal government leaders including president-elect Trump have voiced their opinion on the changing state of mind around marijuana. Is this the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition?Asked whether marijuana should be legal for adults in California, voters answered with a resounding “yes” in November. But that doesn’t mean the matter is completely settled. And it definitely doesn’t mean voters support marijuana use by minors.Many questions remain about the drug — its effect on children and on drivers, to name just two — and the answers are only just starting to trickle in as researchers dig deeper into the public policy ramifications of making weed widely available.Take the most recent red flag raised by UC Davis epidemiologist Dr. Magdalena Cerdá.In a study published last week in JAMA Pediatrics, Cerdá’s team of researchers found that teens in Washington state started getting high more often after voters legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Why? They were convinced the drug wasn’t dangerous anymore.“Across the country there has been a decreased perception of risk associated with marijuana among adolescents,” Cerdá, associate director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, said.Among the eighth-graders Cerdá’s team studied, their “perception of harmfulness” fell by about 14 percent between 2010 and 2015. Among the 10th-graders, the drop was about 16 percent. That’s alarming compared with teens in states where weed isn’t legal for recreational use. Their perception of harm fell by only 5 to 7 percent, according to the study.READ MORE: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/editorials/article124172624.htmlREAD MORE HERE: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/editorials/article124172624.html#storylink=cpylast_img read more

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Rafael Nadal confirms absence from ATP finals

first_imgMadrid: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will miss the ATP finals in London and not play again this season after undergoing an operation on his right ankle in Barcelona.Nadal published a statement on Monday on social media in which he said it had “been a difficult year – very good on a tennis level when I have been able to play and, at the same time, very bad as far as injuries are concerned”, Xinhua reported.“I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in full fitness, both for Paris and London; I really wanted to play. Unfortunately, I had an abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have a foreign body in the ankle joint that has to be removed through surgery,” he continued.The tennis player explained the problem had been detected “a while ago and it occasionally bothered me. However, since the problem in the abdominal muscles also prevents me from playing in London, we are taking the time to remove the foreign body and avoid future problems.”Nadal’s decision means that Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to end the year as the leader of the world rankings. Meanwhile, Nadal’s place in the ATP finals will be taken by the American, John Isner. IANSlast_img read more

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