Currently there is a great deal of recent research supporting the elevated risk of adverse mental and behavioral outcomes in teenagers, diagnosed with a Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD), from chronic marijuana use. But what are the risks for the casual (“nondisordered”) teenage marijuana user that does not have a CUD?[Read More…]
Marijuana Legalization in Arizona: A Baseline Report, August 2022.
August 2022 – Arizona HIDTA In Arizona, voters approved medical marijuana in December 2012. Effective January 2021, Arizona became the 15th state to ratify marijuana for adult use. This report produced by the Arizona HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) program provides a historical perspective and analysis of marijuana’s impacts to[Read More…]
Early age of initiation: Greater risks of adverse mental outcomes
Of those who use marijuana, only a small population will develop adverse mental health outcomes such as psychotic experiences (e.g., delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, etc.). The age of first use has been associated to increased risks of these experiences. This study published in Scientific Reports (May 2022) applies a network approach[Read More…]
The Medical Marijuana Card: Is it the answer for pain or first domino toward addiction?
Pain and anxiety are among the leading reasons why many people seek a Medical Marijuana Card. But is it effective? A new study released in JAMA (03-18-22), by authors Gilman, J. (et.al), suggests getting a medical marijuana card is potentially a faster track to developing a Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD).[Read More…]
Marijuana Legalization in the Midwest: The Impacts, November 2021.
November 2021 – The Midwest HIDTA Region The Midwest HIDTA’s seven-state area consists of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the three Illinois counties of Madison, Rock Island, and St. Clair. The region spans over 428,000 square miles, encompasses 73 HIDTA-designated counties, and is considered the largest[Read More…]
The Impact Of Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois, Fall 2021
The Impact of Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois The Impact of Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois October 2021 – October 2021 – The Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) has recognized the need to study the impact that the legalization of marijuana has had, and will continue to have,[Read More…]
THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN COLORADO: THE IMPACT, 2021
September 11, 2021 – The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) program has published annual reports every year since 2013 tracking the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado. The purpose is to provide data and information so that policy makers and citizens can make informed decisions on[Read More…]
Marijuana Legalization in the Midwest: The Potential Impact
The purpose of this report is to examine the effects of marijuana legalization in other states in order to provide drug policy experts and law enforcement leaders with potential impacts and consequences for Midwestern states that are contemplating the legalization of “medical” and/or “recreational” marijuana. This report will utilize data[Read More…]
Marijuana’s Impact on California 2020
In 1996, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes with the passage of Proposition 215. Now, in 2020, recreational marijuana use is fully legal within California for individuals 21 years of age and over. This report will outline the current and potential impacts of these policies.[Read More…]
The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact
The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) program has published annual reports every year since 2013 tracking the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado. The purpose is to provide data and information so that policy makers and citizens can make informed decisions on the issue of marijuana[Read More…]