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With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Massachusetts and other states, there has been a lot of debate about the risks and benefits of this substance. Is marijuana addictive? Is it a gateway to opioids? Or is it a relatively harmless medicinal herb? We also discuss the effect of marijuana on the developing brain, how to recognize when teens are engaged in substance use, and supports and services for families dealing with addiction. 

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Walking up from the beach, Robert Finch came upon a freshly dead seabird that he initially dismissed as a common gull. But a closer inspection revealed it was a pelagic bird rarely seen inshore: a fulmar. The questions of how it had come there, and how it received the wound that killed it, prompted this week's Cape Cod Notebook.

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The maker of one of the nation’s most popular weed-killing products is coming under scrutiny. Recently released court documents suggest Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer Roundup, may have ghost-written research to make its product seem safer.

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Are you addicted to your smartphone? Many of us certainly feel drawn to our electronic devices - and the array of information and activities they offer - in a way we feel uncomfortable admitting. And, while there's some controversy about whether or not the term "addiction" is appropriate, there is growing evidence that things like posting on Facebook can elicit the same brain response as an addictive substance.

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An estimated seventy two percent of adults in the United States own a smartphone. For most, they are a handy tool for keeping track of the kids and checking the weather. But, for a growing number, smartphones have become a problem - a conduit to potentially addictive games and social media.

Which category do you fall into? Try answering these questions, giving yourself one point for each "yes" answer. Do you find yourself:

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The unadorned structure on Provincetown’s Main Street is set back from the galleries, cafes and shops along the popular thoroughfare. For the past century, this nondescript grey-shingled building has been home to the Beachcombers Club – an informal gathering spot for many of the country’s most famous creative types.

Poetry Sunday: Ed Meek

Mar 26, 2017

 

Ed Meek reads his poem, "Hunting Mushrooms with Mina."

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How do you locate a few endangered whales in 200 square miles of ocean? Take to the air and look for the telltale spout.

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local stories with journalists from across the region. Joining Sean this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of Enterprise Newspapers; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and Cameron Machell of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

From opportunities to learn more about big issues, to natural science and local food, there's a lot going on this weekend.  Here's your Weekend Outlook.

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