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Assessing Media Campaigns Linking Marijuana Non-Use with Autonomy and Aspirations

This study analyzes the effects of two media-based intervention campaigns aimed at reducing marijuana use in adolescents. Both campaigns ran from 2005 to 2009 and had similar messages of marijuana’s negative affects on personal aspirations and autonomy. The first of the campaigns, “Be Under Your Own Influence,” a randomized school and community trial, was a replication of an earlier campaign of the same name. The second campaign, “Above the Influence,” is in ongoing national media campaign sponsored by the ONDCP. It found that the replicated effects of “Be Under Your Own Influence” were weaker primarily because of high exposure to the more extensive “Above the Influence Campaign.” The study also found that exposure to the “Above the Influence Campaign” predicted reduced marijuana use.

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Insiders’ Perspective on Marijuana as a Gateway Drug

This study looks at the perception that marijuana is a gateway drug through semi-structured, qualitative interviews with 51 users and non-users between 2000 and 2002. The data shows that 80.3% of those interviewed started their drug use with alcohol or tobacco, while one-third of the participants used an illicit drug other than marijuana prior to trying marijuana for the first time. There was a bit of a variation in opinion among the interviewees on whether marijuana is a gateway drug: 45% were conflicted, 35% did not agree and 19% strongly supported the idea.

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The Trouble with Mary Jane’s Gender

This essay by a long-time sexuality and gender studies scholar explores the role of gender in cannabis politics and culture. The author suggests that an inattention to gender stereotypes and inequalities in public policy creates barriers for women who want to fully participate in the drug reform policy and in turn hurts efforts to legalize the drug.

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Women in the Marijuana Industry

This paper explores the daily lives and experiences of female marijuana producers in rural Northern California. The author’s research explores the patterns and trends of female growers’ lives by looking across a number of divisions – labor, gender, social netowrking, power and class. It also looks at the difficulty of working in an ‘legally ambiguous’ industry, where the state of California is more tolerant and the cannabis economy is thriving, but the federal government still considers growth and distribution illegal.

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Marijuana Use at School and Achievement-Linked Behaviors

This study looks at the achievement-linked causes of in-school marijuana use among adolescents. It compared non-users, general users, and school users, and found that general users peformed more poorly than non-users in school, and school users performed even worse than the other two. Achievement benchmarks used in this study include grades, classroom participation, attendance, academic honesty and disciplinary measures. The results of the study were consistent across genders and races. More research is needed to identify the motivations behind in-school use.

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Congress Halted the War on Medical Marijuana Last Night

Congress made history yesterday. With a 56-40 bipartisan vote, the Senate approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending package that will keep keep the government running through the next fiscal year.

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Maine Next Up for Recreational Marijuana?

The path to marijuana legalization looks clear in Maine—but is it? Fifteen years ago, Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization.

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Initiative 71 May Be Safe Despite Cromnibus

Many Americans have actually experienced a government shutdown so the term has a less apocalyptic connotation in 2014. Fortunately, Congress was able to avert a shutdown this year at the 11th hour by signing a massive spending bill that funds the federal government.

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Disparately Deviant Labor(ers)

A paper submitted to the faculty of Wesleyan University by an undergraduate, Emma Grace Compton, who wants to “revisit liberal marijuana politics” because of the way they “interact with racial and socio-economic exclusion and inequality.” She uses the contemporary sociological lingo of “liminality,” and a “fringe space between several binaries.”

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Marijuana Arrests in U.S. (2007)

A 2009 overview of data on arrests, usage, and related matters as of 2007. Finds for example that there exist wide disparities among the states on both arrest rates and severity of punishment. Where penalties are most severe, they serve as “price support for the illicit market.” Also, the number of arrests nationwide increased by 2.93% per year in the period 2003 to 2007.

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