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Monthly Archives: June 2015

First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Massachusetts

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:

Following are links to two Associated Press Stories that appeared in the Providence Journal recently.  They describe some of the regulations with respect to product safety and on site practices dispensaries in Massachusetts must follow.

The Providence Journal:  June 20, 2015; Section: Rhode Island; Page A5
Baker approves waiver for state’s first pot dispensary 
By Steve LeBlanc The Associated Press


The Providence Journal:  June 25, 2015; Section: Rhode Island; Page A2
First dispensary in Massachusetts opens 
The Associated Press

Study analyzes how much pot impairs drivers

Study analyzes how much pot impairs drivers

 WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:
This comprehensive news article describes results of the same study posted on our Highway Safety menu at: https://whatstherush-ri.org/category/highway-safety/.

What’s the impact of marijuana on driving?

What’s the impact of marijuana on driving?

University of Iowa. (2015, June 23). What’s the impact of marijuana on driving?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 24, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150623180408.htm
ScienceDaily Summary:
Drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who use either substance independently, a new study has found. However, the cocktail of alcohol and marijuana does not double the effect of the impairment.

Journal Reference:
Marilyn A. Huestis et al. Cannabis Effects on Driving Lateral Control With and Without AlcoholDrug and Alcohol Dependence, June 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.015

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity: Congressional Research Service Report

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity  

Congressional Research Service Report:  February, 2015

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:
This report delineates and defines what is meant by ‘hemp’ and how it differs from ‘marijuana’ with respect to their individual status under the Controlled Substances Act.  The report contains a comprehensive explanation of the agricultural science associated with both hemp and marijuana as well as their compositions, particularly with respect to THC and CBD concentrations.

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

What happened to pot stigma?

What happened to pot stigma? 

By William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn  The Providence Journal, June 17, 2015


An Overview of Known Qualities, Effects and Laws of Cannabidiol (CBD)

An Overview of Known Qualities, Effects and Laws of Cannabidiol (CBD)

California HIDTA Drug Demand Reduction Short Report Series:  Volume 1, Issue 1, April 2015

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:
This brief PDF provides up to date information on the state of the current research into and production of High CBD/Low THC products and extracts for potential medical marijuana use.  In particular, it addresses quality control and product safety concerns related to CBD Hemp Oil use in the often publicized case of a fast cycling childhood epilepsy condition known as Dravet Syndrome.

CBD Rich Hemp HIDTA Report Vo1 1 Issue 1

R.I. can thrive without legal pot. by Carol Stuart, RN

R.I. can thrive without legal pot

Carol Stuart, RN
Providence Journal, June 4, 2015


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