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Ask the Cannabist: My teen is smoking pot! What should I do?

Ask the Cannabist recently received a question from the mother of a 13-year-old who is getting high. The parent doesn’t consume at all, but “really recognizes that there are medicinal benefits to it,” explains Cannabist columnist Susan Squibb, who is better known as The Cannabis Maven at the Ask The Cannabist section of the news site.

This “cool mom” wrote in asking Squibb about her teen’s smoking of marijuana and what to do. “‘My child is just telling me I need to chill,’” Squibb says the mom wrote.

The Cannabis Maven turned to Laura Borgelt, a pharmacist who is a professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, to help provide answers on teen pot use.

Squibb says that the most significant thing Borgelt shared from a study is that “the younger that someone starts using marijuana and the more frequently, then there is a certain rate, a higher rate of having an addiction for any kind of drug as an adult.”

More information on the use of marijuana by youth will be available after the results of a ten-year major study currently underway called “ABCD” — Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development — which involves data collection every three months from 9 and 10 year olds, to discover the impacts of marijuana on youth.

For more advice on kids and drugs, Squibb also recommends Marsha Rosenbaum’s booklet “Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs.”

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Vape pen maker: California likely to legalize, but by a smaller margin than some expect

As California sits poised for the possibility of legal recreational pot, industry insiders such as Bloom Farms founder Mike Ray aren’t completely convinced it’s going to pass. Ray’s company, a vape pen manufacturer based in San Francisco, has a lot to gain from California marijuana going legal on an adult-use level, but he also wants it to be done right, and while he thinks that “at the end of the day, we will see it happen,” he doesn’t think it will pass by as large of a margin “as some people think.”

Ray is also a board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, and he says he has “really had my ear to the ground over the past 12 months in trying to understand and guide this in the right way.”

Ray says that while he isn’t 100 percent certain that adult-use marijuana will be legalized, “the odds are in favor” of its happening, and he believes it needs to happen.

“Right now, the way that it’s set up, it’s not perfect, almost not perfect, but it’s the best we have right now,” he adds. “We need to stop putting people in jail; we need to get people out of jail.”

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The Cannabist Show: She gives advice on weed issues; He makes vapes in California

Featured guests: Ask The Cannabist columnist Susan Squibb and Bloom Farms founder Mike Ray.

LOTS TO TALK ABOUT

•  Advice for parents about teen pot use.

•  The social cannabis scene and getting an inside peek into Colorado industry events.

•  What’s in the way of California legalizing marijuana in 2016?

•  Trends in vaping products and making concentrate oils.

•  California is approaching pot convictions a bit differently than Colorado.

TOP MARIJUANA NEWS

Oakland laws to help Latino and black-owned pot businesses: To repair what they say was damage done to minorities targeted in the war on drugs, the Oakland City Council recently approved laws to make the city’s pot industry more inclusive of black and Latino residents. The consensus vote of the council came despite protests from people in the cannabis industry, including several African-American women, who said the policy was too narrow and should be expanded to other areas of Oakland or they would not be eligible. –Report by The Mercury News’ David Debolt

Oregon city councilor gets into the game: A member of the Medford City Council, known for its tough stance on legalized marijuana, has opened his own pot dispensary. The Mail-Tribune says Oregon city councilor Clay Bearnson is believed to be the first city councilor in Oregon to own a cannabis dispensary, though that could not immediately confirmed by the Oregon Health Authority. Bearnson and his partners opened Oregon Farmacy within Medford city limits two weeks ago. He also grows pot, some of which is dispensed at his new store. –Report by The Associated Press

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