Marijuana http://wunc.org en NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil http://wunc.org/post/nc-lawmakers-approve-bill-legalize-therapeutic-marijuana-oil <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the use of a marijuana oil to help treat childhood seizures.</p><p>Researchers say the hemp oil extract, known as cannabidiol&nbsp;(CBD),&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is not psychoactive and would be used to treat only debilitating seizure disorders.</span></p><p>Several lawmakers, like Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), showed their support for the bill by relating their experiences of having family members with epilepsy.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:45 +0000 WUNC News 37997 at http://wunc.org NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil Proposal In The Works To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil http://wunc.org/post/proposal-works-legalize-therapeutic-marijuana-oil <p></p><p>A state lawmaker says she plans to introduce a bill to legalize a marijuana oil that could help treat childhood seizures.</p><p>Rep. Pat McElraft (R-Carteret) says she's in the process of drafting the proposal.&nbsp; It would allow physicians to get an oil that contains a substance called cannabidiol (CBD), which is extracted from marijuana.&nbsp; Researchers say the substance, which is not psychoactive, could help children with Dravet Syndrome.&nbsp; The disorder can cause several seizures a day in young children.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:23:26 +0000 Will Michaels 32008 at http://wunc.org Proposal In The Works To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil ACLU Report Finds Major Race Disparity In Marijuana Arrests http://wunc.org/post/aclu-report-finds-major-race-disparity-marijuana-arrests <p>A<a href="http://www.aclu.org/billions-dollars-wasted-racially-biased-arrests"> </a><a href="http://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/new-aclu-report-finds-overwhelming-racial-bias-marijuana-arrests">new report from the ACLU says African Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in North Carolina</a>.&nbsp; The survey released today says African Americans were arrested at three times the rate of whites in 2010.&nbsp; A US Health Department report from the same year showed similar rates of marijuana use among both ethnic groups nationwide.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:00:59 +0000 Will Michaels 16582 at http://wunc.org ACLU Report Finds Major Race Disparity In Marijuana Arrests Duke Study On Marijuana And IQ Challenged http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-marijuana-and-iq-challenged <p>Research supported by Duke University scientists linking marijuana use to a drop in I-Q is being questioned.&nbsp;</p><p>Last August researchers at Duke published a study that followed habitual users of marijuana in New Zealand before they turned 18. Subjects of that study showed an average drop of eight I-Q points when their aptitude was measured.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 7914 at http://wunc.org Teen Pot Use May Lower IQ http://wunc.org/post/teen-pot-use-may-lower-iq <p>Duke University researchers say there's evidence that early marijuana use has a negative impact on intelligence. <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/22/1206820109.abstract" target="_blank">The study</a> examined routine cannabis users who began smoking before the age of 18. On average, subjects showed an 8-point drop in I-Q when measured at age 13 and then again at 38. Madeline Meier worked on the study and says that drop is significant.<br> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 1798 at http://wunc.org