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The U.S. surgeon normal and the secretary of Well being and Human Providers issued dire warnings at a press convention Thursday regarding using cannabis by pregnant ladies and younger individuals.

“It is a harmful drug,” Secretary of Well being and Human Providers Alex Azar II mentioned. “No quantity of marijuana use throughout being pregnant or adolescence is protected.”

The federal push comes as extra states create medical marijuana packages and legalize leisure use of the drug. Ten states, together with Vermont, and Washington, D.C. have legalized leisure weed for adults. Different states have decriminalized use.

However that doesn’t imply it’s good for you, or protected, the federal officers warned. They cautioned that newer strains “pose different dangers, together with nervousness, agitation, paranoia and psychosis,” the New York Occasions reported.

Surgeon Common Jerome Adams informed reporters that the quantity of THC in fashionable cannabis can typically be wherever from 12 to 25 p.c, in comparison with about four p.c twenty years in the past.

“The scary fact is that the precise potential for hurt has elevated,” he mentioned. “This ain’t your mom’s marijuana.”

The warning extends to lactating ladies, the officers mentioned. Learn the complete advisory right here.

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August 23: Practically 200 individuals in 22 states have contracted a mysterious lung sickness linked to vaping. Twenty-two of these sickened have been in Illinois, the place the primary particular person died of the sickness earlier this month. [Matt Richtel and Sheila Kaplan, the New York Occasions]
August 27: Former Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski gained’t be taking part in soccer this fall. As an alternative, he’s joined a CBD firm and is selling cannabidiol as a method for athletes to recuperate. His former colleagues within the NFL gained’t be utilizing it, although: The league has banned the substance. [WBZ-TV]
August 27: The Drug Enforcement Administration introduced that it’ll start reviewing purposes from growers hoping to domesticate weed for scientific and medical analysis. The nation has lengthy lagged in analysis due to strict laws on rising. [Will Stone, National Public Radio]
August 27: Questioning what to inform your children about cannabis? Learn on for some info, skilled opinions and real-life tales to assist inform the dialogue in your house. [Adam Bluestein, Youngsters VT]
August 27: The California State Meeting accredited a invoice that might permit mother and father to manage non-smokable medical marijuana to their youngsters on Okay-12 campuses. College students who use cannabis to deal with seizures and different illnesses at the moment should depart college grounds to take their drugs. [Associated Press]
August 28: A New York legislation that decriminalized possession of cannabis took impact on Wednesday. [Fred Mogul, Gothamist]
August 29: An worker at an unlicensed cannabis dispensary in South Los Angeles was shot and killed. [City News Service, KNBC-TV]
August 29: Regulation enforcement officers seized about 400 kilos of weed from a house in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., which is on the St. Lawrence River, simply throughout the border from Canada. Cops say a New York Metropolis man rented a home within the village as a part of a scheme that concerned smuggling the cannabis from Canada in a ship. [Diane Rutherford, WWNY-TV]
August 29: It is a satire column, individuals: “Citing a string of latest busts in Burlington, the Drug Enforcement Administration mentioned that deadly overdoses from cannabis consumption now stand at zero deaths per — properly, most likely ever.” [Bryan Parmelee, Seven Days]
August 29: U.S. Legal professional for Vermont Christina Nolan explains why the feds went after two Burlington enterprise house owners accused of promoting weed out of their shops. “They had been both concerned in gun exercise or violence, there have been indications that they had been promoting to younger individuals,” Nolan mentioned. “And so they had been promoting in areas of excessive business foot site visitors they usually had been promoting very overtly.” [Dom Amato, WCAX-TV]

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