Study: Adolescent Cannabis Use Not Independently Linked With IQ Decline

ARIZONA: The habitual use of cannabis by teens is not independently linked with adverse changes in intelligence quotient or executive functioning, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction.

A team of investigators from the United States and the United Kingdom evaluated whether marijuana use is directly associated with changes over time in neuropsychological performance in a nationally representative cohort of adolescent twins. Authors reported that “family background factors,” but not the use of cannabis negatively impacted adolescents’ cognitive performance.

They wrote: “[W]e found that youth who used cannabis … had lower IQ at age 18, but there was little evidence that cannabis use was associated with IQ decline from age 12 to 18. Moreover, although cannabis use was associated with lower IQ and poorer executive functions at age 18, these associations were generally not apparent within pairs of twins from the same family, suggesting that family background factors explain why adolescents who use cannabis perform worse on IQ and executive function tests.”

Investigators concluded, “Short-term cannabis use in adolescence does not appear to cause IQ decline or impair executive functions, even when cannabis use reaches the level of dependence.”

Their findings are consistent with those of several other studies – including those hereherehere, and here– finding that cannabis use alone during adolescence does not appear to have a significant, direct adverse effect on intelligence quotient.

widely publicized New Zealand study published in 2012 in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that the persistent use of cannabis from adolescence to adulthood was associated with slightly lower IQ by age 38. However, a follow up review of the data published later in the same journal suggested that the observed changes were likely due to socioeconomic differences, not the subjects’ use of cannabis.

 

American Green Purchases Town Of Nipton, California, With Plans To Develop Premier Cannabis Hospitality Destination

ARIZONA: American Green, Inc. has announced its purchase of the town of Nipton, California, a 100-year-old community in San Bernardino county, and intends to modernize it into the country’s first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination — all while retaining its historic look and value. As the second oldest and the largest publicly-traded cannabis company in the US (with over 50,000 certified shareholders), American Green is the first company to buy an entire town for the purpose of capitalizing on the emerging cannabis tourism industry. Many of Nipton’s current and past highlights can be viewed at www.nipton.com.

With over 120 acres of potential for development and just 10 minutes off of busy Interstate 15, American Green has taken the first step to transform Nipton into an effective hub for the production of various cannabis-based products as well as possible fully-licensed cultivation which includes a safe and appropriate approach to consumption. Located on the border between California and Nevada, the town is strategically positioned on the railway line going from Los Angeles through Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and beyond.

Initially, American Green and Nipton will focus on the bottling of fresh CBD-infused water direct from a nearby aquifer which the company will then seek to distribute throughout California. Discussions are underway with several well-established edible and extraction companies that have expressed interest in having production facilities in the town as well — all done paying strict adherence to regulatory guidelines. Ultimately, the company would like to offer a variety of commercial and recreational attractions including: CBD and mineral baths, cannabis-product retail outposts, artists-in-residence programs, culinary events, and Bed-and-Breakfast lodging to complete the charming small town experience. Company officials hope that this project will help to catalyze job creation and development within the town and surrounding communities, making Nipton a model for the cannabis industry’s role in stimulating and accelerating the rebuilding of struggling small town economies throughout the US where cannabis products have been legalized.

Nipton’s future plans include setting the standard for energy efficiency and environmentally responsible tourism. American Green intends to expand the existing solar farm, to move Nipton toward becoming a completely energy-independent town, including the development of the town’s existing aquifer system for water supply. American Green anticipates job creation will occur naturally in building and development, as well as tourism, agriculture, entertainment, transportation, retail and more, presenting new opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. The company’s management remains open to ideas, suggestions, partnerships and more as it moves the project forward and encourages its 50,000+ shareholders to contact the company through its website to suggest Nipton’s future improvements.

“We are excited to lead the charge for a true ‘Green Rush,'” says David Gwyther, chairman and president of American Green. “The Cannabis Revolution that’s going on here in the US, has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century. This acquisition allows us to channel the myriad interests in cannabis production and consumption for an immediate positive impact to this community’s members and to cannabis consumers across the country. As industry leaders since 2009, we are thrilled to begin work on this first-of-its-kind eco-tourism experience for conscious cannabis consumers.”

Historical Cannabis Discussion to Take Place at CWCBExpo in Los Angeles

“Failure Is Not An Option,” to Feature Top Drug Policy Reformists Discussing Upcoming Legalization of Adult Use of Marijuana in California.

CALIFORNIA: California, the most populous state and 6th biggest economy in the world, is poised to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in the upcoming November elections.  The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, CWCBExpo, September 7 -9, 2016 will have an unprecedented thought-leadership panel, “Failure is Not An Option,” that will focus on the upcoming Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Prop 64 and how its passage will affect the recreational cannabis market in California and the country at large.

Taking place Friday, September 9th, “Failure is Not an Option will feature for the first time on a panel, NORML, Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), ReformCA, and ACLU.  The panelists include: Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML; Lynne Lyman, California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance; Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Director of Criminal Justice and Drug Policy, ACLU of California; Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor, Oaksterdam University and Chairwoman, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform/ReformCA.

Moderated by Steve Bloom, Editor-in-Chief of Freedom Leaf and Publisher of CelebStoner.com, this high-level panel will also provide an opportunity for attendees to learn and ask questions to some of the driving forces behind this upcoming legislation.  “California is already the biggest medical marijuana market, and the legalization of recreational use will transform the industry and create incredible opportunities for all types of businesses and services,” said Christine Ianuzzi, Show Director & Managing Partner, CWCBExpo LA. “Attendees in LA will walk away with the right knowledge and connections to navigate this thriving new business frontier that has tremendous growth opportunities.”

Other sessions in the Legislation & Advisory track being presented at CWCBExpo LA that delve into this top of mind legalization and its impact will be  “Policy Reform and the Cannabis Industry;” “West Coast Regulatory Update;” and “The End of Prohibition: The Shift to Legalization and Regulatory.”

The Legislation & Advocacy track is part of the comprehensive educational program being offered at CWCBExpo that also includes tracks on: Starting & Running a Cannabis Business; Science & Technology; Legal & Finance; and Industry Trends & Innovations.

CWCBExpo LA will also continue its leadership position on the important discussion of “CTE, Concussions and CBD” and feature former all-star NFL and NHL players.  All-day Add-On Workshops will take place on September 7th, with the Conference Program and Exhibits taking place September 8th and 9th.  A bonus day has been added on Saturday, September 10th with another Add-on Workshop and California’s largest industry Career Fair, hosted by Vangst Talent.

 

Pot Pupils: Arizona Online College Introducing Class On Marijuana

ARIZONA: An online college based in Phoenix is introducing a new class on marijuana and careers related to the drug.

The survey course at Dunlap-Stone University, HCA-172, will allow students to learn about the modern cannabis industry. It is intended to provide an objective view of a topic that has been the source of many myths and stigmas over the years.

“This is literally trying to give a good, strong foundational understanding of the topic,” university President Donald Burton said.

 

Tempe AZ Weighs Changes To Medical-Marijuana Rules

ARIZONA:  Eighteen-year-olds could soon be allowed in Tempe medical-marijuana dispensaries, and stores may be allowed to lengthen their hours.

The changes would be part of a series of tweaks the city could make to its medical-marijuana rules.  Dispensary operator Steve White is asking the city for some of the changes. He believes the current rules hurt his customers.

For one, Tempe is the only city in the Valley that requires dispensaries to close at 6 p.m.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Patients Can Now Buy Cannabis Legally In Las Vegas And Reno

ARIZONA:  Arizona’s medical-marijuana patients now can patronize newly opened dispensaries in Reno and Las Vegas and possess up to 2.5 ounces anywhere in Nevada.

Arizona, like some of the other 23 states with medical-marijuana laws, allows people with valid medical cards from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona, but they can’t legally buy it at Arizona dispensaries.

Nevada apparently is the only state that allows its dispensaries to sell to patients from other states. And now its dispensaries have begun to open, greatly expanding where Arizona’s 80,000 patients can legally buy cannabis.

Two Reno-area dispensaries opened in July. Las Vegas saw its first dispensary — Euphoria Wellness — open a couple of weeks ago. More dispensaries in Vegas and elsewhere in Nevada are expected to pop up in the coming months; the state has processed more than 60 dispensary applications.

Arizona 17 Months Later, Feds Still Stalling Pot Study

ARIZONA: After 17 months, Dr. Suzanne Sisley is about to get the marijuana she needs to start a federally approved clinical study into whether marijuana helps veterans with PTSD.

She proposed this research five years ago and has been herding bureaucratic turtles ever since. She’ll do the study in Arizona even though none of the state’s universities wanted to work with her on the fully funded study into one of the hottest topics around.

There is a list of reasons why vets are still waiting for answers.

Fledgling Marijuana Industry Pressing Through Labor Pains

ARIZONA:  The developing national marijuana industry is still sifting through labor disputes long since settled in other lines of work.

Employees have found that no line of work is quite like marijuana – and not always in a good way. Most bosses must pay their workers in cash, hampered by federal laws that prevent many employers from opening bank accounts. For the vast majority, direct deposit is a pipe dream, health insurance a luxury, a matching 401(k) a foreign concept.

“The marijuana industry is actually being treated worse than prostitution rings and gambling organizations, which is ridiculous,” said Kim Houser, a professor of business law at Washington State University, where she studies the marijuana industry.

Arizona Girl First To Use Cannabis Oil At Summer Camp…Legally

ARIZONA:  Camp Candlelight in Prescott, Arizona, is no ordinary summer camp, not because of its activities but because of a condition all its attendees share: epilepsy.

But now the special summer retreat, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, is going to stand out even more, as one of its campers became the first child to openly use cannabis oil during her stay, reports The Arizona Republic.

Mercedes Gonzalez, an 11-year-old from Mesa, Arizona, began suffering from epilepsy at the tender age of 3, but thanks to a high-CBD strain of medical marijuana, the frequency of her seizures reduced so much she was able to attend summer camp for the first time this year.

The camp recruited volunteer Stephanie Powell from the nearby Harvest of Tempe dispensary to provide Mercedes with the proper dosages of medical marijuana and monitor her.

 

Despite Challenges, Medical Marijuana A Thriving Business

ARIZONA:  There was a time when the selling of marijuana would only be found in the crime section of the paper, not the business section, but no more. Legal marijuana, for both medicinal and recreational purposes, is now big business.

It is a strange business in that it is still technically illegal at the federal level, yet legal at the state level. Every state and municipality has its own rules and regulations. In Arizona, it is still a cash-only business, which presents its own set of challenges.

All dispensaries are different. Some have a very clinical look that resemble a pharmacy or doctor’s office. Others, like Desert Bloom on the east side, leave little doubt about their purpose. Walk inside desert bloom and you will see bright colors and images of marijuana leaves and buds are prevalent. 

Desert Bloom has been open for just over two years and has maintained a customer-centric philosophy and employs a staff that is primarily individuals who are also medical marijuana patients.