Month: June 2024

Maryland Gov. Issues Sweeping Cannabis Pardons

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) has announced the mass pardoning of about 175,000 cannabis convictions in the state, the Washington Post reports. The sweeping pardons should affect about 100,000 individuals, one of the nation’s largest mass forgiving of cannabis crimes taken to date. The governor said that low-level cannabis convictions…

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Support for recreational pot may be burning out

By Stu Whitney South Dakota News Watch Most South Dakotans oppose the latest attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to a scientific poll of 500 registered voters co-sponsored by South Dakota News Watch. The statewide survey, also sponsored by the Chiesman Center for Democracy at the University…

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‘Sovereign flex’: How a tribe defied a US state with a cannabis superstore | Indigenous Rights News

Cherokee, North Carolina – In a converted bingo hall deep in the Appalachian Mountains, Myrtle Driver led the charge to defy the state of North Carolina. The spry 80-year-old, a venerated member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, handed a cashier a string of purple wampum beads, a traditional…

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Pa. state Rep. Emily Kinkead cosponsors new marijuana legalization bill

A new bill to legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana is about to be unveiled in the state House by a bipartisan pair of legislators, including Pittsburgh’s Emily Kinkead. The measure will create a legal framework for the non-medical sale of marijuana — with priority given to licensing disadvantaged…

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Examination of Rumination’s Mediating Role in the Relation Between Distal Personality Predictors, Cannabis Coping Motives, and Negative Cannabis-Related Consequences

Objective: Perseverative cognitive processes, such as rumination, may indirectly influence effects of personality traits on cannabis use and related problems. Understanding relations among personality, rumination, and cannabis use motives may lead to better understanding of problematic cannabis use. The present study examined personality traits’ influence on negative cannabis-related consequences via…

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Examining the Relation Between Social Anxiety and Cannabis Problems Among College Students Through Coping-Related Expectancies and Motives

Objective: College students high in social anxiety are at increased risk for cannabis-related problems. This may be particularly true when they hold strong coping-related expectancies and motives for cannabis. However, few studies have examined these constructs together in accordance with the motivational model, which posits that substance use is proximally…

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General and Domain-Specific Perceived Risk Demonstrate Unique Associations with Cannabis Use, Negative Outcomes, and Motivation to Change among Undergraduate Students

College student cannabis use is at an all-time high. Although frequent heavy cannabis use is related to cannabis problems, perceived risk of cannabis use is rapidly decreasing. Yet, it is unknown whether specific domains of risk perceptions (general and domain-specific risk, risk to others and personal risk) are related to…

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Correlates of Cannabis Use and Self-Control Across a Diverse Sample of College Students: 2020-2022

Background: Despite the established relationship between substance use and self-control, it is unknown how the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role in this association. Given the unique circumstances of the pandemic along with changing societal regulations surrounding cannabis use, and their collective impact on college students, there is a…

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The Influence of Anxiety and Avoidant Coping on Probable Cannabis Use Disorder

Objective: Individuals with anxiety frequently use cannabis to cope and are at greater risk for developing probable cannabis use disorder (CUD). Previous literature suggests avoidant coping styles are associated with higher anxiety levels and risk for problematic cannabis use, while action-oriented coping is associated with lower anxiety and problematic cannabis…

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Latent Classes of Simultaneous Alcohol and Cannabis Use and Associations with Consequences using Daily Data

Objective: Simultaneous alcohol and cannabis use (i.e., marijuana, [SAM], using alcohol and cannabis so effects overlap) is associated with increased consumption and consequences compared to single-substance use. SAM use prevalence is increasing, yet there is heterogeneity in use patterns among those engaging in SAM use, which may lead to differential…

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