Black and Latino adolescents in Colorado are being arrested for marijuana offenses at more disproportionate rates than they were before the state legalized recreational use of the drug, according to a new report from the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Colorado voters passed an initiative legalizing recreational marijuana use in — the year is used in the report to represent pre-legalization. Although most of these juvenile arrests do not involve jail time, the student must pay a fine and, in order to get the arrest expunged from their permanent record, pay to participate in a drug education class. The bulk of the juvenile arrests took place in 10 counties, each of which had over marijuana arrests in The other roughly 50 counties typically had fewer than 25 arrests each.
Katelyn Faith Pauling, who helped change Minnesota's marijuana laws, died Friday, just months before the drug that might have eased her seizure disorder becomes legal. Paul, where he and his wife lobbied lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana, with Katelyn beside them in her wheelchair. Cannabis oil can be used to treat children with seizure disorders in almost half the states in the country now -- in some cases reducing their seizures from hundreds a day to almost zero. After months of lobbying by families like the Paulings, Minnesota lawmakers passed a limited marijuana legalization bill here that goes into effect in July. It makes me feel better inside. Katelyn was the youngest of the three Pauling daughters.
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This article reviews neuroimaging, neurocognitive, and preclinical findings on the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. Marijuana is the second most widely used intoxicant in adolescence, and teens who engage in heavy marijuana use often show disadvantages in neurocognitive performance, macrostructural and microstructural brain development, and alterations in brain functioning. It remains unclear whether such disadvantages reflect pre-existing differences that lead to increased substances use and further changes in brain architecture and behavioral outcomes. Future work should focus on prospective investigations to help disentangle dose-dependent effects from pre-existing effects, and to better understand the interactive relationships with other commonly abused substances e. According to the Monitoring the Future Study, marijuana remains the most commonly used illicit drug in adolescence in the United States, one of few increasing in prevalence.