The latest from the lab at Connecticut College proves that rats also like the stuff in the middle. Conn College reports that Prof. Joseph Schroeder and his students have found that rats “formed an equally strong association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a specific environment as they did between cocaine or morphine and a specific environment.” They also found that eating cookies activated more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than exposure to drugs of abuse.”
Schroeder says that:
Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do … It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.
From the Seattle Times today, which reported on the legalization of pot at 12 a.m. this morning:
Officers will be advising people not to smoke in public, police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee wrote on the SPD Blotter. “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a `Lord of the Rings’ marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”
He offered a catchy new directive referring to the film “The Big Lebowski,” popular with many marijuana fans: “The Dude abides, and says `take it inside!’”
Throughout the country, state governments are deciding whether to decriminalize marijuana, and they are looking at Connecticut’s law as they craft their proposals.
Prior to July 2011, a person caught with less than half an ounce of marijuana in Connecticut was arrested. Now, people older than 21 who are caught with that amount of marijuana get tickets and $150 fines. People 21 and under get tickets and a 60-day driver’s license suspensions.
Fines for subsequent offenses range from $200 to $500. Those who are caught three or more times are required to obtain drug counseling, and they must pay for the counseling themselves.
Rhode Island and Maine are the latest states to announce legislation that would decriminalize marijuana, and representatives from those states participated in a Marijuana Policy Project teleconference Thursday. Continue reading