More American college students are consuming Marijuana than any point in the previous 35 years; raising safety and health concerns after a handful of states legalized the recreational use and purchase of cannabis products.
“About 43% of full-time college students said they used some form of pot at least once in the past year, up from 38%, a University of Michigan survey found. About 25% said they did so in the previous month, up from 21%. The latest figures are the highest levels seen in the annual survey since 1983,” reports the Associated Press.
“About 6% of college students said they used marijuana 20 or more times in the past month. For adults the same age who weren’t enrolled in college, the figure was 11%,” adds the AP.
The study comes as California’s first Marijuana-licensed restaurant opens in West Hollywood.
The menu features items infused with cannabis, and patrons can purchase and smoke the substance while dining. The consumption of tobacco, however, is prohibited.
“Like any good chef about to open a restaurant, Andrea Drummer wants to get her pairings just right. But her lamb chops with plantain-mango salsa won’t be matched with wine or beer,” reports the Anchorage Daily News. “Instead, a ‘budtender’ – some in the industry call them ganjiers, as in ganja sommeliers – will help guests at the soon-to-open Lowell Farms cannabis cafe pair their farm-to-table meal with the perfect strain of farm-to-table marijuana.”
“A kush is a little more pungent, so it pairs better with a stew, or something like a beef or a meat product. A lighter lemon profile goes nicely with a fish,” said Drummer, adding another strain “pairs well with both savory and sweet. I’ve done it with ice cream, and with bread puddings, but I’ve also done it with octopus.”
Read the full report at the Associated Press.
CANNABIS NEWS NETWORK: Anderson Cooper SHOCKED by Weed-Fueled Broadcast
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was reportedly stunned by his network’s weed-fueled New Year’s Eve coverage, telling a late-night comedian that he was just as “surprised as anybody else” over the outlet’s risqué broadcast, reports Fox News.
Cooper was speaking with “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert when he was asked to comment on his network’s infamous New Year’s Eve show, featuring intoxicated anchors, drunk hosts, and fellow journalist Randi Kaye reporting from a marijuana-themed party.
“Do you still have a contact high from Randi Kaye?” asked Colbert.
“It’s legal in Colorado… she did not smoke, obviously. She was just in the environment,” said Cooper.
“The whole thing surprised me as much as anybody else, I gotta tell you,” he added.
CNN found itself in hot-water New Year’s Day as viewers and readers complained the network took its broadcast too far, saying the cable news outlet was attempting to “trademark the debauchery.”
“CNN is trying to trademark the debauchery as its brand for New Year’s Eve coverage. I mean that quite seriously,” said Media Research Center President Brent Bozell. “So this year they’re doing pot and getting stoned.”
BREAKING NOW: Illinois Governor Signs Law Legalizing ‘Recreational Marijuana’ and ‘Commercial Sale’
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law new legislation Tuesday that will legalize the possession and consumption of recreational marijuana on January 1st, 2020.
“Supporters say it will be a game-changer for revenue in the state, while opponents say it makes the state more dangerous,” reports ABC Chicago. “Tuesday morning, the governor put pen to paper here in the Austin neighborhood, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and it’s commercial sale in the state.”
NEW: Illinois has become the latest state to legalize marijuana. The bill, signed by Gov. JB Pritzker, will also "clear the cannabis-related records of nonviolent offenders." https://t.co/bwIk70AVqF
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“As the first state in the nation to fully legalize adult-use cannabis through the legislative process, Illinois exemplifies the best of democracy: a bipartisan and deep commitment to better the lives of all of our people,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Legalizing adult-use cannabis brings an important and overdue change to our state, and it’s the right thing to do. This legislation will clear the cannabis-related records of nonviolent offenders through an efficient combination of automatic expungement, gubernatorial pardon and individual court action. I’m so proud that our state is leading with equity and justice in its approach to cannabis legalization and its regulatory framework. Because of the work of the people here today and so many more all across our state, Illinois is moving forward with empathy and hope.”
“My office is proud to have helped develop this historic legislation, which will provide conviction relief to hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents in the most extensive and equitable way possible,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “The time for justice is now, especially for communities of color who have long been disproportionately impacted by low-level cannabis convictions and the failed war on drugs. We look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure the broadest relief possible under this revolutionary law.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.