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January 15, 2014: Normalising pot is priming a public-health time bomb
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Since the drive to legalise medical marijuana began in the US in the 1990s, marijuana use doubled and the perception of its harm halved. As Colorado and Washington formally legitimise and sanction its recreational use, these dangerous inverse trends can...

January 6, 2010: MYTHBUSTERS: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IN THE ACMD AND THE MEDIA
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When Professor David Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary for arguing against government policy on drug classification, he stated that his proposals were based on scientific evidence. Professor Andy Parrott goes mythbusting. It has been highly publicised across the...

March 15, 2009: FAMILIES TORN APART BY TEENAGE CANNABIS USE
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It is the end of a taboo: articulate, middle-class parents are speaking out about the nightmare of seeing their children spiral into drug abuse and, all too often, mental illness. Many blame themselves for staying silent, assuming that modern strains...

August 30, 2008: CANNABIS IS STRONGEST PREDICTOR OF LIFETIME ILLICIT DRUG USE
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DATA FROM 1,265 CHILDREN ACROSS 25 YEARS “The use of cannabis in late adolescence and early adulthood is the strongest risk factor for later involvement in other illicit drugs,” confirms a study led by Professor David Fergusson at the Department...

July 3, 2008: SKUNK INCURS 18 TIMES THE RISK
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People who smoke skunk, the extra strong cannabis grown in hothouse conditions, are 18 times more likely to develop psychosis that those who take the milder forms such as hash (cannabis resin), states a study presented to the Annual Meeting...

May 13, 2008: CANNABIS: HEART ATTACK RISKS
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Smoking cannabis can raise the risk of heart attacks, reveals authoritative research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, reported in Molecular Psychiatry. The researchers focused on apolipoprotein, a blood protein which regulates the breakdown of fats linked...

May 5, 2008: CANNABIS: THE FACTS
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Eddie Nestor invited Addiction Recovery Foundation CEO Deirdre Boyd onto his BBC Radio London show – at midnight! – Sunday [4 May] to debate the reclassification of cannabis with legalisation campaigner Steve Rolles. For listeners, these are the statistics and...

May 3, 2008: SUPER-STRONG SKUNK: UPDATE
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The super-strong 'slunk' strain of cannabis is typically 2-3 times stronger than other forms of the drug and now accounts for 75% of cannabis seized, according to the Daily Mail [ 2 May 2008]. 80,000 street warnings were given to...

April 27, 2008: MENTAL ILLNESS UP AFTER CANNABIS DOWNGRADE
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The number of people admitted to hospital with schizophrenia and psychosis has shot up since the laws on cannabis were relaxed in 2004, according to figures given to MPs [24 April] in advance of the publication this week of a...

April 20, 2008: DIFFERENT STRAINS OF CANNABIS CAUSE DIFFERENTPROBLEMS
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People who smoke different strains of cannabis show different psychological symptoms, states a study in the April British Journal of Psychiatry. Research suggests a link between cannabis use and psychosis, such as schizophrenia. But cannabis contains a number of chemicals...

April 5, 2008: CANNABIS AND SCHIZOPHRENIA: THE LINKS
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1972: Study of US servicemen finds widespread cannabis smoking contributed to a five-fold increase in schizophrenia between 1968-1971. 1974: Researchers find cannabis could trigger latent schizophrenia, intensify symptoms and cause the condition even where it would not otherwise occur. 1981:...

April 4, 2008: NURSES CALL FOR CANNABIS TO BE CLASS B DRUG
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Mental Health Nurses Association/Unite "utterly reject" ACMD comment News reports that the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (no ACMD hyperlink openly available) would decide to keep cannabis as a class C drug were criticised as “deeply regrettable” by...

April 4, 2008: ACMD THINKING IS FLAWED IF IT BASES ADVICE ON KEELE REPORT
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IF ACMD BASES CANNABIS ADVICE ON KEELE UNIVERSITY REPORT, IT IS FLAWED The BBC reports that the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has decided cannabis should remain a class C drug. Its home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said...

February 6, 2008: ESTABLISHMENT "COMPLACENT" OVER PERILS OF CANNABIS
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The health establishment is "complacent" over the dangers of cannabis, UK mental-health tsar Professor Louis Appleby has stated [5 February 2007]. "From the perspective of mental-health services, cannabis is a harmful drug that is part of, and contributes to, a...

January 14, 2008: NIDA INFOFACTS: MARIJUANA
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The science of drug abuse and addiction Research overview from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Addiction; current as at 2 January 2008 EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN Scientists have learned a great deal about how THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) acts in...

January 14, 2008: WE NEED A CAMPAIGN OF INFORMATION
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Should cannabis be decriminalised or not? Should it be classifed as a class B or C drug? Debates are irrelevant while they are entrenched in misinformation and disinformation This article by Deirdre Boyd appeared in Addiction Today, November 2000 -...

January 13, 2008: Evening Standard Comment
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Cannabis haze The politics of cannabis lags behind the scientific findings about the damage it can cause. This week the prime minister made clear that he favoured the relcassification of the drug from class C to class B. This change...