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Study Suggests Marijuana Use is Tied to Academic Problems Last week, the University of Maryland School of Public Health released a report that shows a connection between marijuana use and an increase in academic problems among college-aged students. The study also looked at the connection between alcohol and other drug use and academic problems. The study followed 1,200 college freshmen over a 10-year period. Researchers found that substance use–”especially marijuana use”– led to “college students skipping more classes, spending less time studying, earning lower grades, dropping out of college, and being unemployed after college.” Marijuana users were categorized by their use, ranging from minimal users to frequent and heavy users. The study found that “even after controlling for the effects of demographics, high school GPA, and personality variables” heavy users who smokes 15 times or more per month were “twice as likely” to experience discontinuous enrollment than minimal users. Even infrequent users, who only smoked about twice per month, were 66% more likely than minimal users to be discontinuously enrolled. Amelia Arria, director for the Center on Young Adult Health and Development explained, “On average, marijuana use increases your risk of having academic problems. I don’t think people are really putting this together with the possible effect it could have on long-term success…It’s something people really need to consider.” [Source]
The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America USA -- On Tuesday, Vermont moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for quantities up to an ounce, replacing potential prison time for arrests with fines. Peter Shumlin, the state's governor, made a telling distinction between weed and "harder" drugs when he announced the move. "This legislation allows our courts and law enforcement to focus their limited resources more effectively to fight highly addictive opiates such as heroin and prescription drugs that are tearing apart families and communities," he said. Read More...