IT IS COMMON knowledge that smoking marijuana causes cravings for high-calorie snacks. The condition, known as the munchies, is a staple of popular culture. (Snoop Dogg, a rapper and notorious stoner, even penned a cookbook.) Yet empirical evidence of the phenomenon and its effects is scarce. Does getting high cause smokers to consume more junk food? And if so, by how much? To answer this question, Michele Baggio of the University of Connecticut and Alberto Chong of Georgia State University examined state laws in America. Since the mid-1990s, more than 30 states have authorised marijuana for medical purposes and 11 have legalised it for recreational use. Because these laws were enacted at different times and in different places, they created a natural experiment for researchers to study the effects of marijuana—including its effect on food consumption. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. With this in mind, Messrs Baggio … [Read more...] about Legal weed is linked to higher junk-food sales
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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana hit a snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use. The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as many as 12 plants and Washington state not allowing them to grow any. The question in Illinois was settled Wednesday night when the Senate approved recreational use of marijuana after universal home cultivation of the plant was replaced by a provision allowing only medical-marijuana patients to grow their own. The differences in home grow regulations reflect how states view the competing arguments about home cultivation: Opponents say it fuels the black market sale of the drug while proponents argue that if businesses can sell it, they should be able to grow it. "We don't say anywhere in this country that people aren't allowed to have a small craft brew at … [Read more...] about Illinois advances legalized pot after home growing settled
WEED Day is an unofficial celebration dedicated to cannabis that is marked in various locations around the world every year. Revellers gather to smoke or consume marijuana (cannabis) together, with some using the occasion to push for the legalisation of the drug - here is everything you need to know... When is 420 Day and why is it celebrated? Weed Day falls on April 20 every year. In the US calendar, this date is written as 4/20 – digits that have become synonymous with cannabis culture. In nine US states the recreational use of cannabis is legal for people aged 21 and over. It is a day half of celebration and half a call to action - calling for the decriminalisation of the drug. What relevance does 420 have to smoking cannabis? Urban legend suggested that 420 was formerly the penal code that Californian police used to categorise marijuana cases. However, this theory has been discredited as the digits are linked to trespassing offences. Many believe that 420 culture first … [Read more...] about 420 Day 2019 is TODAY! What’s the meaning behind it, how is it celebrated by cannabis users and how did ‘Weed Day’ start?
"In 2019, 4/20 will fall on a Saturday for the first time since legalization. If the trend of 4/20 excitement aligns with the normal day-of week patterns, we expect to see a slightly lower sales response to the holiday this year," noted a report by Headset, a market data provider for the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. © Sputnik / Roman MakhmutovLegalising Cannabis for Recreational Purposes – a “Road to Narcotic Hell” – Russian FM Lavrov Last year, 4/20 was the cannabis industry's "single biggest day of sales in 2018 by a considerable margin," the report stated, with sales growing by an estimated 111 percent on the holiday. The 4/20 data analysis is based on comparing cannabis sales on April 20 to the same day of the week two months before the holiday and two months after the holiday. The report's data is based on real sales reported … [Read more...] about Market Darlings: Annual 4/20 to See US Weed Sales Double
As more states in the US make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health successes : curbing cigarette smoking. Though there are notable differences in health research findings on tobacco and marijuana, the juxtaposition strikes some as jarring after generations of Americans have gotten the message that smoking endangers their health. "We're trying to stop people from smoking all kinds of things. Why do you want to legalise marijuana?" a New York City councilman, Republican Peter Koo, asked at a recent city hearing about the state's potential legalisation of so-called recreational pot use. Marijuana advocates say there's no comparison between joints and tobacco cigarettes. A sweeping federal assessment of marijuana research found the lung-health risks of smoking weed appear "relatively small" and "far lower than those of smoking tobacco," the top cause of preventable death in … [Read more...] about Smoking pot vs tobacco: What science says about lighting up