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September 10, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
Male pot smokers beware: Your seemingly harmless habit may be increasing your risk of developing the most dangerous forms of testicular cancer. A new study, published Monday on the website of the medical journal Cancer, reports that men who have testicular cancer are twice as likely to have smoked marijuana before they were diagnosed than control subjects. The association existed only for nonseminomas, the more dangerous form of testicular cancer that is harder to treat. In the study, carried out in Los Angeles, a team of researchers enrolled 163 men who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer between 1986 and 1991.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
A security guard was critically injured Wednesday at a  Palmdale marijuana collective  during an apparent robbery attempt, officials said. At 7:17 p.m., three masked men fired multiple shots outside the Green Cactus Collective in the 3600 block of Sierra Highway,  Deputy John Cereoli of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told The Times. When sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the guard on the ground. The suspects had fled the scene. "They fled in an unknown direction, to an unknown location," Cereoli said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A parents organization is calling on clothing retailer Tilly's to pull its youth-oriented merchandise that features images of marijuana leaves. Members of Youth Matters, a group of Parent Teacher Student Assn. members from Huntington Beach, told the national retailer that clothing it sells, such as leggings, tops and swimsuits, with marijuana imagery could desensitize children to drug use. "The more they see it, and the more it's common in their world, it's less likely that they'll be shocked by it or concerned about it or listen to their parents about it," said Kim Green, the chairwoman of the group.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
More adolescents are using pot and they increasingly believe that the drug is benign. Those are the findings from the latest annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders put out each year by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse . Among other things, the Monitoring the Future survey found the following: Among 12th-graders: 6.5% smoked marijuana daily. That's an increase from five years ago, when that figure was 5.1%. “Nearly 23% said they smoked it in the month prior to the survey,” a press release about the study noted.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The parents of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin on Monday angrily lashed out at reports that their son was suspended from school because of marijuana, accusing authorities of continuing to demonize the memory of the victim in order to support George Zimmerman, the man who shot him. Speaking at a televised news conference, Martin's father, Tracy, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, said their son was again being made a victim. Martin was killed during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer on Feb. 26. Zimmerman, 28, told police that he shot in self-defense, but the family has dismissed Zimmerman's version of events and has repeatedly called for his arrest.
NEWS
July 19, 1990 | Associated Press
Yusof Zulti, 27, a clothing vendor, was sentenced to death Wednesday for trafficking in 30 ounces of marijuana.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama and a key Senate Democrat said Friday they were willing to consider relaxing federal enforcement of the laws against marijuana for those who possess small amounts of the drug. They were reacting to new voter-approved laws in Washington and Colorado that permit recreational users to have an ounce of marijuana at home. In addition, California and 17 other states allow the medical use of marijuana. Despite this state-by-state move toward limited legalization, federal law still classifies marijuana as a highly dangerous drug and makes it a crime to sell or possess even tiny amounts.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Oregon voters will decide in November whether to make medical marijuana more readily available, officials said in Portland. The ballot initiative would let patients possess up to a pound of marijuana, up from 3 ounces under a law passed in 1999. It also would create a system of dispensaries that could legally sell the drug to patients. About 9,000 Oregonians have medical cards allowing them to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes.
NEWS
December 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Hawaii announced its medical marijuana rules, saying certified patients will be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana and grow up to seven plants. Ted Sakai, director of the Department of Public Safety, detailed the regulations under a law passed earlier this year. Doctors can get a registration certificate for a patient to use marijuana to ease pain caused by debilitating diseases such as cancer and AIDS. The rules take effect Dec. 28.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
For the second time in two years, authorities have raided the Lockwood Valley ranch of marijuana activists Lynn and Judy Osburn, uprooting more than 200 pot plants that supply hundreds of medicinal users in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Two dozen investigators from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by Ventura County sheriff's deputies, searched their wooded property last week. No one was arrested.
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