Canada's new Liberal government repeats promise to legalize marijuana Canada’s new Liberal government has repeated its pledge to legalize marijuana in a speech outlining its agenda as parliament resumes after the 19 October election. A speech delivered by governor general David Johnston reiterated new prime minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana. It is a position Trudeau has held since becoming leader of the Liberal party in 2013. However, for the first time, the government said it will restrict access to marijuana but did not elaborate. Trudeau has said that legalizing marijuana would fix a “failed system” and help remove the “criminal element” linked to the drug. He also has said Canadians would benefit from analyzing the experiences of Colorado and Washington state, which recently legalized pot.
Marijuana breathalyzer test could be coming soon CBSNEWS - A new invention may soon make it easier for police who pull over risky drivers to test them for marijuana impairment on the spot, in addition to the usual alcohol breath test. A marijuana breathalyzer will begin clinical trials early next year, the Oakland, California-based Hound Labs Inc. announced this week. "The idea is that law enforcement will have one device out on the road to test for both THC [a marijuana component] and alcohol," said Hound Labs CEO and founder Dr. Mike Lynn, an emergency room physician at Highland Hospital, in Oakland. Typically, measuring the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- the psychoactive component in cannabis that gives users a "high" -- is done using urine, blood, or saliva tests.
Trudeau’s Canada, Again On Tuesday, Nov. 10, six days after Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, was sworn in as prime minister of Canada, I was shown into his office on the third floor of the Parliament building in Ottawa. A dark oak-paneled room, it contained a jumble of outsize furniture chosen by the previous occupant, Stephen Harper, whose Conservative Party was in power for a decade. The office had the air of a recently abandoned bunker — shelves bare, curtains drawn, personal effects hastily removed. Trudeau’s father, Pierre, occupied the same office for 16 years during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and the new prime minister would shortly install his father’s old desk, a symbol of restoration but also an emphatic rejection of his predecessor. The squat, bulldoglike bureau left by the departing prime minister, Trudeau implied, was a reflection of Harper’s autocratic manner.
Obama Gets Personal With At-Risk Teens, Says 'I Got High' <br/><a href=" Breaking News</a> | <a href=" News Videos</a> Copy Last February, President Obama sat in a classroom in Chicago's Hyde Park Academy High School with a group of African-American boys working to overcome their circumstances and navigate the dangers of the city's South Side. The president listened and then shared his own story with the young men, quickly blowing through his schedule to continue the conversation. Mexico issues first permits for growing and possessing marijuana MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government granted the first permits allowing growing and possession of marijuana for personal use on Friday. The government's medical protection agency said the permits will apply only to the four plaintiffs who won a November Supreme Court ruling. The permits won't allow smoking marijuana in the presence of children or anyone who hasn't given consent. The permits also don't allow the sale or distribution of the drug. The court's ruling doesn't imply a general legalization.
Are new laws leading more teens to smoke marijuana? Marijuana use is becoming more acceptable to Americans in general – and that includes teenagers. The shift was highlighted in a 2015 "Monitoring the Future" survey, which found teen use of pot has held steady in the last year even as abuse of most other drugs has declined among teens. At the same time, the survey indicates, teens are showing less concern about the dangers of marijuana use. Why Mexico's Supreme Court Declared Marijuana Use a Human Right Last week, just a day after voters in Ohio rejected a constitutional amendment to legalize the recreational and medical use of marijuana, Mexico’s Supreme Court headed in a different direction: The country’s top justices concluded that national laws making it illegal to personally produce, possess, and consume marijuana violated the rights of Mexicans. The ruling itself has received considerable attention, but the rationale behind it less so. The high court’s decision was based not on marijuana’s effects on public health or impact on incarceration rates, but on fundamental human rights.
Delaware Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Friday - MPP Adult possession of a small amount of marijuana will become a civil violation punishable by a fine; Delaware will be the 19th state in the nation to remove the threat of jail for simple possession DOVER — Marijuana decriminalization legislation adopted earlier this year in Delaware will officially take effect on Friday, making it the 19th state in the nation to remove the threat of jail for simple marijuana possession. (A 20th state, Missouri, has a similar law on the books that goes into effect in 2017.)
Report: Synthetic marijuana caused Chandler Jones’ hospitalization Getty Images A little more light has come to the curious case of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. According to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe, Jones’s “confused” reaction which required hospitalization was triggered by synthetic marijuana. Jones wandered into a police station and was hospitalized overnight after an apparent overdose, though he returned to the practice field Monday, as the Patriots prepared for the divisional round playoffs against the Chiefs. The synthetic marijuana could land Jones in the league’s substance abuse program, though that wouldn’t trigger a suspension for a first offense.
Twins study finds no evidence that marijuana lowers IQ in teens Roughly half of Americans use marijuana at some point in their lives, and many start as teenagers. Although some studies suggest the drug could harm the maturing adolescent brain, the true risk is controversial. Now, in the first study of its kind, scientists have analyzed long-term marijuana use in teens, comparing IQ changes in twin siblings who either used or abstained from marijuana for 10 years.
Marijuana use doesn’t lower IQs of teens, study says This is your brain — it looks just like your brain on weed. Marijuana doesn’t seem to have an effect on teenagers’ IQs, according to a new study. A team of scientists tracked pairs of twins, made up of one marijuana-user and one abstainer, and found no measurable link between using the drug and having a lowered IQ. The study was released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some prior research has led to suggestions that the developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to harm from marijuana.