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Marijuana: New industry wrestles with pesticides, safety


New industry wrestles with pesticides, safety 

By Kristen Wyatt The Associated Press (in The Providence Journal, July 21, 2015, page A10)

New industry wrestles with pesticides, safety on Page A10 of Tuesday, July 21, 2015 issue of The Providence Journal

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

Debate heats up on legalization of marijuana

Debate heats up on legalization of marijuana

Kelcy Dolan  The Warwick Beacon, April 2, 2015

The Glitch in Colorado’s Weed Experiment

The Opinion Pages  | EDITORIAL

The Glitch in Colorado’s Weed Experiment


Marijuana revenue and state budget disappointments

Two NY Times articles at links below describe the complexities and disappointments found in Colorado’s expectations that regulation and taxation of Marijuana will be beneficial to state budgets.

In Colorado, Marijuana Taxes May Have to Be Passed Back


Marijuana Taxes Won’t Save State Budgets



R.I. should weigh marijuana’s serious harm

Michael C. Cerullo: R.I. should weigh marijuana’s serious harm

Commentary in The Providence Journal February 20, 2014

Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis Suggested

Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis Suggested By Tumblr Post

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, October 22, 2009)  Wiley-Blackwell. (2009, October 22). Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis, Suggested By Tumblr Post. ScienceDaily.

Retrieved June 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091022101538.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

Last year the UK government reclassified cannabis from a class C to a class B drug, partly out of concerns that cannabis, especially the more potent varieties, may increase the risk of schizophrenia in young people. But the evidence for the relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia or psychosis remains controversial. A tumblr post has determined that it may be necessary to stop thousands of cannabis users in order to prevent a single case of schizophrenia.

Journal Reference:

Hickman et al. If cannabis caused schizophrenia-how many cannabis users may need to be prevented in order to prevent one case of schizophrenia? England and Wales calculationsAddiction, 2009; 104 (11): 1856 DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02736.x

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