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Pot deaths stoke fears about safety of edibles (Cached) 19.4.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER x2013 A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.The two recent deaths have provoked concerns about Coloradox2019s...
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Friday Talking Points - Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge 19.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Three hundred of these columns? To coin a phrase... far out, man. We'll get to patting ourselves on the back in a bit, but first we'd like to propose a party game for this weekend's big 4/20 festivities across the land. So put this in your (metaphorical) pipe and smoke it. The rules for this contest are pretty simple. First, you've got to picture a day in the future when the Weed Wars are completely over, with marijuana reform having won the biggest victory of all: a complete change in the federal government's viewpoint. Not just rescheduling, but descheduling, in other words. The feds throw in the towel and decide to treat marijuana not as a dangerous and illegal drug, but as a regulated vice like tobacco and alcohol. In other words, total victory for the reformers. OK, got that image in your mind? Here's where you need to get creative. If marijuana is descheduled, what would happen to it, in terms of the federal government? Well, they would take it away from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the ...
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Colorado Deaths Stoke Worries About Pot Edibles 19.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy. The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. "We're seeing hallucinations, they become sick to their stomachs, they throw up, they become dizzy and very anxious," said Al Bronstein, medical director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. Studies are mixed about whether there is any link between marijuana and violence. Still, pot legalization opponents said the deaths are a sign of future dangers. Twenty-six people have reported poisonings from marijuana edibles this year, when the center started tracking such exposures. Six were children who swallowed ...
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Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles 19.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.
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Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles 19.4.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
DENVER (AP) — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony.
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Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles 19.4.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.
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Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles 19.4.2014 AP National
DENVER (AP) -- A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy....
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Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles; lawmakers move to tighten rules 19.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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State Will No Longer Make Sick People Choose Between Medical Marijuana And Guns 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Illinois regulators have dropped proposed medical marijuana restrictions that would have required gun owners to choose between their weapons and their weed. The change was revealed when the Illinois Department of Public Health formally filed rules for the state's medical cannabis pilot program -- the strictest in the nation -- after months of public feedback. Stricken from rules originally proposed in January is language requiring legal gun owners (and their caregivers) to relinquish their Firearm Owner Identification cards before joining the state's medical marijuana registry, and banned medical marijuana patients from owning firearms . That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that Illinois residents can legally mix the two. Federal law still bars gun ownership to anyone who uses marijuana or other controlled substances. “Under federal law, anyone who is using marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use... is considered an unlawful user,” Thomas ...
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These 13 People Were Killed By The War On Drugs. Their Lives Were The Cost Of Prohibition. 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story was first published in April 2013.

America's long drug war has produced countless tragedies, ruined lives and led to parentless children, as well as the deaths of drug warriors, nonviolent offenders and innocents. As marijuana advocates and drug policy reformers around the nation celebrate 4/20, take a look at 13 stories of people whose lives were cut short by the drug war.

Investigative reporter Radley Balko is author of the forthcoming book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces.



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State officials drop proposed medical pot gun ban 18.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
But feds say marijuana users may not possess firearms In response to a chorus of calls for cheaper access to medical marijuana, state regulators have proposed lowering the annual registration cost for patients to $100 from ...
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Innovation Earth: This Technology Could Make Red Lights Obsolete And Boost MPG By 30 Percent 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every weekday, I take a six-mile drive through Mid-City Los Angeles to pick up my daughter from preschool. There are no fewer than 20 stoplights along the way, and my trek takes 30 minutes in each direction. But lately, that drive has been taking even longer. Ten minutes into a typical trip, I've already had to honk my horn three times to nudge traffic along. No, I am not an aggressive driver. But I have become a frustrated one, bearing witness to a disturbing trend that seems to be growing with every passing day: Texting at stoplights. Never mind that it's against the law in California . Or that it's dangerous: Nearly 20 percent of crashes are attributable to distracted driving, killing nine people and injuring more than 1,000 in the US every day. (If you think harm is limited to when the vehicle is in motion, you've never seen a bleary-eyed texter step on the accelerator after being jolted into action by the cacophony of horns behind him. Admittedly, I've been that bleary-eyed person on occasion. I can ...
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Holder urges use of overdose-reversal drug 17.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people ...
What Do Prosecutors and District Attorneys Say About 911 Good Samaritan Laws? 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With the drug overdose epidemic still raging, 911 Good Samaritan and Naloxone Access laws are sweeping the country as states struggle to seek solutions that can turn back the tide of deaths. Currently, 18 states have implemented naloxone laws, 14 have medical amnesty laws on the books, and many more have introduced bills to their general assemblies. But while law enforcement, public health advocates, and people directly affected by drug overdose are front and center in these debates, state prosecutors and district attorneys also play a critical role in advocacy efforts -- often for, but sometimes against, these laws. Within the legislative system, associations of prosecutors and district attorneys carry a lot of clout and their support for a bill can be essential to its passage. Case in point, in 2009 overdose prevention advocates in Washington state helped introduce a 911 Good Samaritan bill, but it quickly encountered opposition from the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the ...
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Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed 16.4.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.
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Martin O'Malley Explains What It Will Take For Him To Run For The White House 15.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Martin O'Malley refuses to stay put. The Maryland Democrat is barnstorming the country, in the midst of a productive legislative session that culminated in the state legislature's passage of a minimum wage hike and the signing of a marijuana decriminalization bill on Monday. O'Malley appeared at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in New Hampshire in November. He laced into Wisconsin Republicans during an appearance before the state Democratic Party's Founders Day Gala over the weekend. And he's been booked to address the Clark County Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson dinner on May 2 in Las Vegas. The foundation is certainly being set for a 2016 presidential run. And O'Malley isn't completely coy about the fact that he has an eye on the White House. In an interview with The Huffington Post on Monday, the governor said that he is preparing for a possible run regardless of whether or not Hillary Clinton -- the prohibitive favorite -- jumps in. "I don't think it is a matter of my convincing as it is ...
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New thinking on brain-science therapies could help foster kids 15.4.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Therapies based on brain science — and limited use of antipsychotic medications — are the answer for thousands of foster kids whose traumatic childhoods have left them with depression and extreme aggression, according to a growing number of experts. Many children taking antipsychotic medications do not have psychosis but trauma-induced behavioral problems with symptoms that mimic mental illness, researchers and child advocates ...
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If We Build It, Will They Come? Drug Treatment and the Affordable Care Act 15.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Congress has provided us with a historic opportunity to reduce the demand for illegal drugs. The law requires health insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare, to cover treatment for substance abuse disorders. It will make drug treatment more available than ever before. The U.S. government estimates that illicit drug use costs more than $193 billion annually in crime, health care and loss of income. More effective treatment will likely save money as well as lives. The question is, will greater availability of drug treatment bring more problematic drug users into treatment? If we build it, will they come? President Obama's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) estimates there are 23.1 million drug users in need of treatment; historically, only 10 percent of them ever access these services. Health insurance will eliminate one of the barriers. Others remain. For most addicts drug treatment is identified with the criminal justice system and viewed as a ...
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Drug firms have used dangerous tactics to drive sales to treat kids 14.4.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Pharmaceutical companies wooed academic leaders, ghostwrote ar- ticles, suppressed damaging health data and lavished doctors with gifts to make prescribing powerful psychotropic drugs ...
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Colorado responds slowly to psychotropic drug use among foster kids 13.4.2014 Denver Post: Local
Diego Conde was 12 when his mother died, devastated and bursting with rage at the rotten way life was treating ...
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