Cannabis News Roundup: June 2017

June 14, 2017 
Maureen Fitzgerald
ATTC Network Coordinating Office

The cannabis news deluge continues, with no sign of letting up.  Here's a roundup of some of the latest: 

Do medical marijuana laws promote illicit cannabis use disorder? (Science Daily, April 26, 2017)
"Illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders increased at a greater rate in states that passed medical marijuana laws than in other states, according to latest research."
Older Women and Medical Marijuana: A New Growth Industry (New York Times, May 25, 2017):
"Inspired partly by their own use of the drug for pain relief, or by caring for others who use it for their own aches, these women see viable business opportunities and view their work as therapeutic for their customers."
Teen cannabis use and illicit drug use in early adulthood linked (Science Daily, June 7, 2017)
"Researchers from the University of Bristol have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood."
More people are voluntarily seeking help for marijuana addiction (Washington Post, June 12, 2017)
"With fewer people landing in court for using marijuana, it follows that fewer would be sentenced to treatment for it. But while mandatory treatment is falling, evidence suggests that the number of people voluntarily seeking treatment is rising."

Vermont expands medical marijuana plan (CNN Money, June 12, 2017):
"Vermont has had legal medical marijuana since 2004. It applies to patients with a list of serious conditions that are typically found on state plans, including cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma."

 New Mexico's Contentious 'Pot Powwow' (The Atlantic, June 12, 2017):
"A cannabis company believes the pot industry could save tribal nations from poverty. But many argue it would only make a drug problem worse."

Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the "Historic Drug Epidemic" (Scientific American, June 14, 2017):  "Rolling back protections from federal interference in state legalization laws could worsen the opioid overdose crisis." 

Information overload, a little?

With this flood of daily news, sorting out what we actually know vs. what we think we know, or what we've heard, or think we've heard about cannabis can lead to some serious information saturation.

That's why The National Council, Advocates for Human Potential, and the ATTC Network, are hosting The 2017 National Cannabis Summit (August 28-30, Denver). 

The Summit focuses on six key themes:
  • The science of cannabis 
  • The impact of emerging research and epidemiological data on legalization
  • Public health and public safety
  • Prevention
  • Governance, federal law, and emerging best policy practices
  • Regulatory issues

Workshops will offer insight into everything from cannabis use disorder among older adults and the impact of medical marijuana dispensaries to youth prevention and implications of legalized marijuana for drugged driving. For the preliminary program, visit:

Who should attend? 

You should. The 2017 National Cannabis Summit is designed for addiction treatment and recovery specialists, community-based leaders, health care providers, researchers, policy makers, and public health and prevention professionals. Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to join this forum focused on cannabis science, policy, and best practices. 

See you in Denver? Register today! 

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