marijuana http://tpr.org en Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities http://tpr.org/post/study-links-casual-pot-use-brain-abnormalities Young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week showed changes in the size and shape of two key brain regions, according to a new study of 20 pot smokers and 20 non-pot smokers between 18 and 25.<p>This is the first time recreational marijuana use has been connected to significant brain changes.<p>The findings, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.<p>The senior author of the study, <strong>Hans Breiter</strong>, joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#82 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:55:45 +0000 editor 30147 at http://tpr.org Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado http://tpr.org/post/marijuana-vending-machine-unveiled-colorado An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers.<p>Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer's age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh.<p>You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That's not quite what backers of the machine have in mind. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:43:48 +0000 Bill Chappell 29980 at http://tpr.org Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best http://tpr.org/post/evidence-marijuanas-health-effects-hazy-best Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.<p>"We should have been doing a lot more research to find out just how useful it is, how it affects the brain, et cetera, et cetera," according to <a href="http://asp.cumc.columbia.edu/facdb/profile_list.asp?uni=hdk3&DepAffil=Psychiatry">Dr. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Richard Knox 27603 at http://tpr.org Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain http://tpr.org/post/marijuana-may-hurt-developing-teen-brain The teenager's brain has a lot of developing to do: It must transform from the brain of a child into the brain of an adult. Some researchers worry how marijuana might affect that crucial process.<p>"Actually, in childhood our brain is larger," says <a href="http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/psychology/faculty/krista-m-lisdahl.cfm">Krista Lisdahl</a>, director of the brain imaging and neuropsychology lab at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 27604 at http://tpr.org Marijuana Advocacy Group Banks On Changing Attitudes In Texas http://tpr.org/post/marijuana-advocacy-group-banks-changing-attitudes-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A poll released this week by the University of Texas shows 49-percent of Texans support making possession of&nbsp; marijuana legal, and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">it’s these statistics -- along with a shift in attitudes amongst elected officials -- that has caused one of the nation's most powerful marijuana advocacy groups to set up shop in Austin.</span></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:13:20 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27526 at http://tpr.org Marijuana Advocacy Group Banks On Changing Attitudes In Texas No Easy Answers For DUI Concerns As Marijuana Gains Support http://tpr.org/post/no-easy-answers-dui-concerns-marijuana-gains-support The Lodo Wellness Center in Denver has been selling medical marijuana for several years. But since Jan. 1, when marijuana in Colorado officially moved from underground to behind the counter, the center has also been selling legal, recreational pot.<p>A majority of Americans now say they support full legalization, and the trend is spreading to other states.<p>Meanwhile, the public health community is warning of a potential safety problem: more people driving while stoned. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:25:00 +0000 editor 27216 at http://tpr.org No Easy Answers For DUI Concerns As Marijuana Gains Support Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic http://tpr.org/post/girl-scout-sells-cookies-outside-medical-marijuana-clinic Girl Scout cookies are never that hard to sell, but this week, one 13-year-old San Franciscan may have outsmarted the competition altogether. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Scott Simon 27154 at http://tpr.org Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly In Line In First Debate http://tpr.org/post/republican-lieutenant-governor-candidates-mostly-line-first-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican candidates for lieutenant governor talked about everything from abortion to marijuana during the first statewide debate, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">but the one area that received little attention was education funding.</span></p><p>The first statewide debate started with questions about a state judge's recent decision to allow a Fort Worth family to stop life support for their 23-week pregnant mother after the hospital said it conflicted with one of the state’s pro-life laws.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:32:46 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25777 at http://tpr.org Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly In Line In First Debate Perry Says He Supports State's Right To Legalize Pot, But Won't Happen In Texas http://tpr.org/post/perry-says-he-supports-states-right-legalize-pot-wont-happen-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking at the World Economic Forum in </span>Davos<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry shocked the crowd by saying the legalization of marijuana was a right states should have. Perry </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">went on to say it wasn’t something he saw happening in Texas.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"As the governor of the second-largest state in the country, what I can do is start us on policies that can start us on the road towards decriminalization," Perry said.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:00:47 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25597 at http://tpr.org Perry Says He Supports State's Right To Legalize Pot, But Won't Happen In Texas Obama: Marijuana Is Not 'More Dangerous Than Alcohol' http://tpr.org/post/obama-marijuana-not-more-dangerous-alcohol <em>The New Yorker</em> has just <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/01/27/140127fa_fact_remnick?currentPage=all">dropped an extensive profile of President Obama</a> by David Remnick, who wrote a major book on the president published in 2011.<p>It's nuanced and touches on issues like gay marriage and Israel and Palestine. But Obama also drops this bombshell about marijuana: "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."<p>Obama goes on to add more nuance to the statement. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 25338 at http://tpr.org Obama: Marijuana Is Not 'More Dangerous Than Alcohol'