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Thursday July 27th, 2017 morning edition

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The most rigorous study yet of the effects of marijuana legalization has identified a disturbing result: College students with access to recreational cannabis on average earn worse grades and fail classes at a higher rate.

Economists Olivier Marie and Ulf Zölitz took advantage of a decision by Maastricht, a city in the Netherlands, to change the rules for “cannabis cafes,” which legally sell recreational marijuana.

The research on more than 4,000 students, published in the Review of Economic Studies, found that those who lost access to legal marijuana showed substantial improvement in their grades.

Specifically, those banned from cannabis cafes had a more than 5 percent increase in their odds of passing their courses.

Low performing students benefited even more, which the researchers noted is particularly important because these students are at high-risk of dropping out.

Other studies have tried to estimate the impact of marijuana legalization by studying those U.S. states that legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana.

This methodological problem was resolved in the Maastricht study because the marijuana policy change was imposed without input from those whom it affected. »

After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module

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After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module.

The module is called BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, and it has been attached to the International Space Station since April last year.

Even if it was to lose all its internal air, "it still has structure to it," says Crusan. »

Trump: Transgender people 'can't serve' in US military

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The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military.

But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people.

Republican opponents of transgender people serving in the military include Vicky Hartzler, a congresswoman from Missouri, who wants transgender service members honourably discharged. »

Harris Rosen Takes a New Approach to Philanthropy

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His bosses at Walt Disney World told him that they didn’t believe he would ever become “a company man.”

Despite his successes developing the Contemporary, Polynesian and Fort Wilderness resorts, he realized that he couldn’t be what Disney wanted him to be.

“I finally came to the conclusion that I most likely didn’t have the organization man’s personality,” says Rosen. »