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Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine 15.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
For every 100,000 patients prescribed buprenorphine, 200 young children were hospitalized for taking it, the study found.
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Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine 15.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
CHICAGO (AP) — An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have ...
Gates Foundation gives $50 million to stem Ebola outbreak 11.9.2014 Seattle Times: Health
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday announced a $50 million commitment to help stem the outbreak in West Africa and speed development of treatments and diagnostics. The Ebola funding is the biggest emergency allocation in the organization’s history.
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Five Ways to End the Drug War; Start by Decriminalizing Drug Use 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The international drug control regime is broken. Past approaches premised on a punitive law enforcement paradigm have failed, emphatically so. They have resulted in more violence, larger prison populations, and the erosion of governance around the world. The health harms associated with drug use have gotten worse, not better. The Global Commission on Drug Policy instead advocates for an approach to drug policy that puts public health, community safety, human rights and development at the center. Below I have listed the five pathways to ending the drug war recommended by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that I chair. (Other members of the commission, ranging from Kofi Annan to Paul Volcker to former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are listed after the recommendations.) 1. Putting health and community safety first requires a fundamental reorientation of policy priorities and resources, from failed punitive enforcement to proven health and social interventions. Both the stated goals of drug control ...
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Marijuana research tough in Minnesota 11.9.2014 Star Tribune: Health
It took four years to get approval for one pain study, U professor tells new task force on medical marijuana law.
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Marijuana research in Minnesota no easy task 11.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
University of Minnesota researcher briefs the state Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research.
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Heavier Teen Pot Smoking Linked To Problems In Young Adults 10.9.2014 NPR News
Daily smokers are less likely to graduate from high school or college and are at higher risk of suicide, according to an analysis of three long-term studies of teenagers in Australia and New Zealand.
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Booze or Pot? No Question Which Substance Is More Harmful to Health 10.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

Why is marijuana a schedule I controlled substance when all the objective evidence yields the conclusion it is far safer than alcohol? It makes no sense to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate those who choose to responsibly consume an objectively safer alternative.

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Early autism intervention speeds infant development 10.9.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
A pilot study suggests that it is possible to accelerate the development of children with symptoms of autism – even those as young as 6 months ...
Terminal Cancer Patient Sentenced To Probation, Instead Of Prison, For Growing Marijuana 10.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A terminal cancer patient who faced up to 15 years in prison for growing marijuana that he says was used to treat his tumors was instead sentenced to probation by an Iowa judge Tuesday. The Quad-City Times' Brian Wellner first reported the surprise ruling Tuesday afternoon: BREAKING: Judge Latham sentences Benton Mackenzie to probation. #mackenzie #cancer #marijuana — Brian Wellner (@brianwellner) September 9, 2014 Benton Mackenzie, 48, faced at least three and as much as 15 years in prison, but District Judge Henry Latham instead chose to grant Mackenzie a three-year probation, Wellner reported . About a dozen demonstrators rallied in support of Mackenzie outside Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa before the ruling came down, holding signs that read "Stop arresting patients" and "Treating illness is a right." The use of medical marijuana is currently illegal in Iowa in nearly all cases. Since his conviction earlier this year, Mackenzie has been traveling to Oregon, where marijuana is legal for ...
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Cancer patient avoids prison for growing marijuana 10.9.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge Tuesday gave probation rather than a prison sentence to a dying Iowa man convicted of growing marijuana and using it to treat his terminal cancer.
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Judge sentences Iowa cancer patient to probation for using marijuana as treatment 10.9.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Citing Failed War on Drugs, World Leaders Call for Widespread Decriminalization 9.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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10 best apps to train your brain 9.9.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.
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Panel rejects pot plant limits 9.9.2014 Denver Post: Local
Lawmakers and regulators debate bills for next session
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Pot caregivers target of proposed bill 9.9.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – Lawmakers are considering a proposed bill that aims to crack down on medical marijuana caregivers and patients with extended plant counts.The effort was presented to the Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee on Monday by Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, a former House minority leader and former 3rd Congressional...
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World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy 9.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy , a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governments around the world to decriminalize drug use and legalize marijuana. Members of the commission, including former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, are calling for drug policies shaped by a greater emphasis on public health, as well as alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent drug crimes. The participating members also say it is time to permit the legal regulation in all countries of psychoactive substances like cannabis and coca leaf. "The import of the Commission's report lies in both the distinction of its members and the boldness of their recommendations," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a partner organization of the commission, in an email to The Huffington ...
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Colorado struggles to rein in medical pot market 9.9.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
DENVER (AP) — A week before Colorado's health department considers new limits on medical marijuana growers, a panel of lawmakers and regulators debated Monday whether the numbers of plants
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Bay Area News Group investigation: Painkillers' toll steadily rising 7.9.2014 San Jose Mercury News: California
The number of Bay Area residents who die with opiates — largely prescription pills or methadone — in their system has steadily grown since 2003, part of a national epidemic. But as cities crack down and doctors try to cut off access, some addicts are turning to the cheap high of heroin.
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Bachman's owners might branch out into medical marijuana 6.9.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Bachman family members among those wanting to produce medical marijuana for state.
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