Our colleagues at the Northwest HIDTA have published a new report on the legalization of marijuana in Washington. The report discusses the state’s regulatory system, as well as detailing effects on the state, including environmental harm, impaired driving, and diversion of marijuana. Follow this link to read the full report.
The Rocky Mountain HIDTA has released a supplement to their 2016 evaluation of marijuana’s impacts on Colorado. This new report includes updates to the information featured in the 2016 report. The supplement may be read at RMHIDTA’s website.
The term “seed to sale” is often thrown around when discussing tracking marijuana products, but many people are unsure what it means or entails. The NMI’s Deputy Coordinator Dale Quigley has written a brief paper explaining the term and the process involved. The paper also includes a description of different types of tracing systems, and the pros and cons of the seed to sale idea.
Our partners at Project SAM have published a new report providing an overview of the major impacts of increased marijuana use that Colorado and the state of Washington have seen four years after legalizing its recreational use. Topics discussed in the report include increased youth use, rises in homeless populations, increased crime rates, and impacts on businesses and the workforce. Read the full report at the Project SAM website.
The Houston HIDTA published a new report assessing the potential impacts of marijuana legalization on the state. The report explains why the Houston HIDTA does not support the expansion of access to marijuana, detailing reasons such as increased incidents of drugged driving and rates of youth use, as well as rising THC contents. Read the full report here.
Our colleagues at the San Diego Imperial HIDTA have published a new report on the impacts of marijuana in the state of California. All four California HIDTA offices contributed to the report, which has excellent information regarding the current impacts of marijuana, as well as the potential impacts on the state of further expanding access to marijuana. Click here to read the full report.
Our colleagues at the Rocky Mountain HIDTA have published a new impact report, detailing marijuana’s effects on the state of Colorado. Visit their site to view the full report, to view past reports, or to learn more about the RMHIDTA and its work.
The DEA recently made several significant announcements regarding marijuana. Most importantly, the agency’s acting administrator has denied two separate petitions to reschedule marijuana. Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana has a schedule 1 classification; this means that it has high potential for abuse, and no currently accepted medicinal use.
The agency also announced that it will allow more research facilities to cultivate marijuana, greatly expanding access to the drug for researchers. Until now, only the University of Mississippi has been allowed to cultivate and supply marijuana to researchers, so this change will help remove that bottleneck and hopefully expand our understanding of marijuana and its effects.
The Rocky Mountain HIDTA has published a rebuttal to an article published in The Denver Post that stated that marijuana use rates among teens were flat. The article stated that a small increase in use among teens was not statistically significant, and the Rocky Mountain report aims to delve deeper into the available data to present a clearer picture.
Read the Denver Post article here, and RMHIDTA’s rebuttal here.
In June of 2016, the NMI’s Ed Shemelya was invited to appear on the morning talk show “Great Day Houston.” He was asked to stay for the entire hour and discussed several topics, including the medicalization of marijuana, increased hospital admissions due to marijuana, and the implications of rising THC concentrations.
The whole program is available in several segments. This segment provides a good overview of the most critical issues related to marijuana.