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Saturday, July 4, 2020

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Prenatal cannabis use may lead to developmental problems in children and also impact sleep cycles in the long run. Read on to know more.



According to researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder in the US, mothers who said they smoked cannabis while pregnant were significantly more likely to report their children having clinical sleep problems. For the purpose of the study, researchers analysed baseline data from the landmark Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which is following 11,875 youth from age 9 or 10 into early adulthood.
Also Read - A pregnancy guide on how to prevent swelling and puffiness

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Cannabis and Consequences from a Criminal Defense Perspective
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Criminal violations, such as driving while intoxicated, probation and loss of employment for a positive drug test are just some of the changes that routinely draw the attention of legal, medical and political pundits.

Much has changed over the last decade when it comes to cannabis law. While marijuana possession, sale and manufacture remain technically illegal in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on both the state and federal levels, the states differ on many of the enforcement protocols and penalties. This is particularly true in the area of medical marijuana (MMJ). Laws related to its legal use in New Jersey will continue to evolve.

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Cannabis is essential, so have people been panic-buying in the pandemic?


If a recent survey is any sign, some users don’t need more encouragement to hit the bong

Gerry Butts, the former high-flying adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is in the news again. OK, not really—unless you count my cousin’s Facebook feed as a verifiable news service. (You could do worse.) On it, the finely surnamed politico stepped outside his comfort zone with a wry observation about, of all things, our favourite Pot Shots topic. (Do I have to spell this out for you? Really?)

“Pot has gone from illegal to essential in 3 years,” Mr. Butts observed. “That’s gotta be some kind of record.” Surpassed only by the rapidity of his own descent, one assumes.

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White paper aims to accelerate cannabis integration into UK healthcare

A new white paper has been published by leaders in the cannabis field, showcasing how to maximize clinical research and improve patient access to medical cannabis in the UK.

Following the approval of medical cannabis in the UK in November 2018, only two patients have gained access to full extract cannabis medicine through an NHS prescription. The authors have produced the white paper, ‘Medical cannabis in the UK: From principle to practice’ to help reduce the disparity in demand and supply.

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Study Finds Cannabis Effective for Treating Depression

Consuming dried cannabis flowers significantly reduces symptoms of depression and works much faster than pharmaceutical antidepressants, according to a new study of over 1,800 cannabis consumers.

The study findings, published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, is the latest research derived from the Releaf App, a free mobile software program that collects self-reported, real-time information from people on their use of cannabis and its effect on chronic pain, depression and over two dozen other medical conditions.


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Friday, July 3, 2020

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Coronavirus: Intensity decreases, mortality rate down
Is Coronavirus getting weaker? The latest data shows that the intensity of Coronavirus is low when compared with data from the months of March and April. The cases in the USA, UK, and other European countries are climbing but there’s some good news, the mortality rate in these countries is now at its lowest. 

England 


According to research at Oxford University, the mortality rate of coronavirus in England has dropped from 6% to 1.5% between April and June. The research also suggested that the low mortality rate could be because of: 
  • Clinicians have become more skilled and adept at treating patients with COVID-19.
  • Patients overtime being admitted are becoming younger with fewer comorbidities, although there is no evidence of this in the daily hospital death data which, if anything, suggests a greater proportion of deaths in hospitals are over the age of 60 than at the peak of deaths in early April.

  • Patients are entering the hospital with less severe disease, which could be a reflection of either the disease becoming less severe or hospitals that are now less concerned with being unable to manage peak infections being more willing to admit patients with lower disease severity than they would admit in early April.
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These and many other arguments were included in the research and all the given factors could’ve contributed to the declining death rate in hospitals. But one could also argue that drugs like remdesivir and dexamethasone are also showing some good results in the treatment of coronavirus. Especially for the patients that are on ventilators. 

United States 

In the US, there are nearly 3m COVID-19 positive cases in the country and they just record the highest number of cases in a single day. There were 52,609 new cases reported on July 1 and the numbers are growing at an alarming rate. But, the death rate in the country is declining slowly. In the month of April and May, an average of 1000 people lost their lives every day but since June, we’re seeing a declining death rate in hospitals. 
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The chart above clearly shows that the virus is spreading at a very fast pace and after the government of the US eases the lockdown, there are now more cases than ever in the country. And with everything going in the country with all the protests and rallies, it is only going to get worse. 


The death chart above shows that the mortality rate is declining in the country but people still need to take th necessary precautions. We might see the lowest death count from the coronavirus this month but if people are not careful then those who are already suffering from health issues can have some serious problems. 

France 


France was hit really hard by the COVID-19 and had over 166K infected patients. Out of which, nearly 77k people were able to fully recover from the deadly virus while nearly 30k people lost their lives in the fight against the COVID-19. 

The latest reports show that France has managed to get control over the deadly virus and the timely lockdowns have significantly decreased the number of new Coronavirus cases. From thousands of new cases in a single day to just a few hundred cases in the month of June. 



The death rate is also declining at the hospitals and recently, they recorded a single-digit death count after nearly 3 months. At this pace, France is expected to be Coronavirus free by the end of August. 



It is not yet proved that Coronavirus has lost its intensity but the numbers that we’re seeing definitely show that there’s a significant difference between the mortality rate from two months ago. 

Stay Home! Stay Safe! 


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Southern California counties pardon 100,000 non-violent cannabis convictions


The state of California is taking its first steps towards the racial justice reform efforts. California’s 58 county district attorneys had a deadline of July 1, 2020, to either challenge or accept the state’s pardon and clear the records of some 191,090 past non-violent marijuana convictions. 

The majority of the DAs decided to accept the state’s recommendation which led to nearly 100K people free of criminal records for cannabis charges. However, some district attorneys decided to challenge the conviction. Having a criminal charge in your record can have significant disadvantages. People with a criminal record find it really hard to find jobs or get a promotion. And for immigrants, it’s even worse because there will always be a sword hanging over their heads. 
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Prosecutors in Riverside and San Bernardino counties did not challenge any of the state-flagged convictions, asking the court to drop all the cases against the convicts. 

“They just wanted to process them and comply,” said Gardner, who praised the San Bernardino County DA’s cooperation in processing roughly 5,400 cases. “I think it’s a good sign that they recognized what’s important to fight.” (Source - ocregister)

Moving on, prosecutors in some counties that include Los Angeles and Orange counties did challenge somewhere around 2,000 cannabis convictions. Most of these people had prior criminal convictions and the prosecutors felt that the court should not drop the charges against them.

The LA county prosecutor also mentioned that nearly 2300 people recommended by the state to clear the record also don’t qualify for relief under California cannabis law.

“Drug-related offenses have consequences that are sometimes far more severe than other convictions — immigration being one of them,” said Nick Stewart-Oaten, an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office.

“That’s why it’s incredibly important for everyone who has a chance to get his record cleaned up to get it cleaned up.”