Title: Number of Regular Cannabis Users Increases Across US October 8, 2017
Author: New Frontier Date
Date: 15 October 2017
Extract: Cannabis Use Increasing as Public Attitudes Evolve
- According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1 in 10 Americans (9%) reported consuming cannabis in the preceding month, while 14% reported doing so in the past year, up from 6.6% and 11.1%, respectively, since 2009.
- The increase in reported cannabis use equates to approximately 7.5 million more adults reporting past-month use than in 2009.
- Past-month use is an especially important indicator, as it is a proxy for regular cannabis use.
- Some drivers of the increases include greater access to medical cannabis (i.e., more states offering medical cannabis programs), a growing body of research and increased public awareness of cannabis’ wellness benefits, and reduced stigma associated with cannabis making consumers more comfortable in admitting usage habits.
COMMONWEALTH OF NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS (CNMI)
Title: U.S. Territory May Allow Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization
Author: Marijuana Times
Date: 14 October 2017
Extract: Over the past several years, eight states across the U.S. (and Washington D.C.) have voted to legalize cannabis for adult use. Now, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may become the first U.S. territory to follow suit. The CNMI Senate Committee on Judiciary, Government and Law held a hearing on Tuesday, October 10th, which will be the first of three hearings on a bill regarding marijuana legalization. The bill would not directly legalize the herb, but allow for the territory’s 18,000 voters to make that decision in the next fall election. Last year, a similar measure was introduced, but never reached a vote in the Senate. This year a vote has yet to be scheduled – but if it were passed, and signed by Governor Ralph Torres, the vote could come as soon as November 2018. If approved by voters, residents aged 21 and older would be allowed to legally possess up to four ounces of cannabis, with additional specified amounts for other cannabis products and extracts.
Title: No Big Rush: Vt. Physicians Propose Go-Slow Approach on Pot Legalization
Author: Valley News
Date: 15 October 2017
Extract: Woodstock — On the heels of a legislative session in which Vermont lawmakers expanded the state’s medical marijuana program and nearly legalized the drug, the Vermont Medical Society may soon reaffirm its opposition to legalization. And some physicians, including two specialists at the University of Vermont Medical Center, have proposed adding warning labels to medical marijuana and aim to restrict its use to conditions for which it has been proven to be safe and effective. The authors of two proposed resolutions — one concerning legalization and the second focused on medical marijuana — that are up for consideration at the Vermont Medical Society’s annual meeting next month cite concerns about the threat marijuana poses to public health and the lack of scientific evidence for the use of marijuana to treat certain conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, which the Legislature in June added to the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions. PTSD is also among the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New Hampshire.