Jessica Miller | January 12, 2012
Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use is not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function, a new study has found. Exposure to tobacco smoke causes lung damage with clinical consequences that include respiratory symptoms, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Mark J. Pletcher and his colleagues from the University of California examined associations between marijuana, both current and lifetime exposure, and pulmonary function.
Jessica Miller | December 16, 2011
Daily marijuana use is at a 30-year peak level among U.S. high-school seniors but alcohol use and tobacco smoking is down, a survey indicates. Monitoring the Future, a nationally representative annual survey of eighth- 10th- and 12th-graders conducted by the University of Michigan, said for the three grades combined, the annual prevalence of marijuana use rose in 2011 to 25 percent from 21.4 percent in 2007.
Jessica Miller | June 15, 2011
Linda Lott, who has been battling multiple sclerosis for nearly 30 years, is in a quandary. “Choose between being a criminal or being in pain,” she said. That dilemma is at the center of Lott’s fight to overturn Livonia’s ban on medical marijuana. Both sides made their case Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court, but no decision has been made.
Jessica Miller | December 28, 2010
For teenagers across the country – and in Montana – the choice is apparently pot. For the first time since 1981, the number of high school seniors reporting they had smoked marijuana in the past 30 days outnumbered those who said they had smoked Style cigarettes. The rate of eighth-graders saying they have used an illicit drug in the past year jumped to 16 percent, up from last year’s 14.5 percent, with daily marijuana use up in all grades surveyed, according to the 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey.
Jessica Miller | November 3, 2010
Californians appear to have rejected an attempt to legalize the use of marijuana. With 20 percent of the precincts reporting, 56 percent of voters who cast ballots had said “no” to Proposition 19, compared to 44 percent who had checked the “yes” box. Prop. 19 would have allowed Californians 21 years and older to possess, cultivate or transport 1 ounce or less of marijuana for personal use.