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Pot tax earns Capitol support 25.4.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – A measure that would ask Colorado voters to allow the state to keep revenue from marijuana taxes is making its way through the Legislature. House Bill 1367 – sponsored by state budget writers – would ask voters this November to approve applying $40 million of marijuana revenue toward school construction...
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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users 24.4.2015 NPR News
The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention said Friday.
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Marijuana tax question has high support 24.4.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – A measure that would ask Colorado voters to allow the state to keep revenue from marijuana taxes is making its way through the Legislature. House Bill 1367 – sponsored by state budget writers – would ask voters this November to approve applying $40 million of marijuana revenue towards school construction...
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HIV cases skyrocket among US painkiller drug abusers 24.4.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Cases of HIV have skyrocketed in a rural community in the midwestern state of Indiana where 142 people have been diagnosed this year, officials said Friday. Pregnant women, grandparents, their adult children and grandchildren are among the new cases of HIV linked to illicit injections of oxymorphone, a potent prescription painkiller. Scott County, a community with a population of 4,200 people and just one doctor in southeastern Indiana, previously saw no more than five cases of the virus diagnosed in one year, health authorities said. A public health emergency was declared in Scott County on March 26 by the state ...
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Your Pregnancy May Subject You to Even More Law Enforcement Violence 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout )As calls to end police violence swept the nation during the summer of 2014, the New York City Police Department demonstrated that pregnancy is no protection against brutality. Sandra Amezquita was five months pregnant when police threw her, belly first, onto the ground. An officer straddled her body, adding his weight to the pressure, before handcuffing and arresting her. Her offense? Trying to stop them from harassing her 17-year-old son, who had been arrested for robbery the year before. A member of El Grito de Sunset Park, a neighborhood police watchdog group, recorded the entire event and posted it online. The video sparked outcry and local protests, drawing attention to the fact that women - even women who are visibly pregnant - are not immune to police violence. That same summer, Idaho police shot and killed Jeanetta Riley, a pregnant mother of three who pulled a knife on her husband when he attempted to take her to the hospital after she had threatened ...
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Young Girl Could Treat Her 'Uncontrolled' Epilepsy With Medical Marijuana -- If Only She Had Access To It 23.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A video released Wednesday tells a powerful and all-too-common story . A child who suffers from severe seizures can't find relief using traditional medicine. Her family wants to try medical marijuana, a substance that has been proven to treat children with similar disorders. But her state bans them from obtaining it. The video, produced by Learn Liberty at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and sponsored by Drug Policy Alliance, tells the story of a 7-year-old girl from Ohio named Sophia Nazzarine who was diagnosed as an infant with "uncontrolled" epilepsy -- a form of of the disease that is so severe that anti-seizure medications on the market can't effectively treat the condition. Before Sophia was one year old, she suffered up to 20 seizures a day , and as her parents explain in the video, they have tried every available traditional medical option to help their daughter. For most of her life, Sophia has routinely taken multiple pharmaceutical medications, but the drugs fail to ...
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Residents in southern Indiana county seeing HIV outbreak say quality of life affected 22.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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HIV outbreak in Indiana affecting residents' quality of life 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
AUSTIN, Ind. (AP) — Main Street in this southern Indiana city is lined with blooming dogwood and redbud trees and punctuated by a short stretch of well-kept storefronts. It's a tidy appearance that masks a darker side of the community — the worst HIV outbreak in state history, which health officials warn hasn't yet ...
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Waiting game for marijuana dispensary 20.4.2015 Philly.com News
South Jersey's second medical-marijuana dispensary, expected to open in a renovated 18,000-square-foot building in Bellmawr, Camden County, received its final construction approvals from the borough in late December.
A heady new leaf for these budding pot entrepreneurs 20.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Your medical marijuana questions answered 19.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
In case you haven't noticed, we're in the midst of a medical marijuana revolution.
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'Spice' sends 160 to hospitals 19.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
New York state authorities have issued a health alert following a dramatic spike in hospital visits for synthetic marijuana-related emergencies.
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Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van 18.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week. The media, as it will be doing for the next year and a half over pretty much any new aspect of Hillary Clinton's campaign (and we do mean "any new aspect at all -- even the laughably trivial"), quite predictably, freaked out. Looking at the "Scooby van" through the lens of talking points (as we are wont to do, here), we have to say that one thing struck us about Hillary's choice: her inattention to the proper geeky level of detail. Ask any Scooby Doo fan, and they'll tell you the van in question was actually called "The Mystery Machine." Hillary is showing the same level of cultural tone-deafness as when she flubbed her big opening line, saying: "Live from New York, it is Saturday Night!" She may not have been the only guest host in the entire history of the show ...
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Obama Signals Support For Changing Course In Federal War On Medical Marijuana 18.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In an interview that will air for the first time this weekend as part of CNN's latest installment of its medical marijuana documentary series "WEED 3," President Barack Obama signals support for medical marijuana and for rolling back the federal government's war on drugs. CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a vocal supporter of the legalization of medical marijuana , asks Obama in the documentary if he supports the goals of a historic Senate bill introduced in March that seeks to make several major changes in federal law, including drastically reducing the federal government's ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs, encouraging more research into the plant and reclassifying marijuana as a less dangerous drug. "You know, I think I'd have to take a look at the details," Obama began in response, "but I'm on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ...
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Mother Fighting for Custody, Son Taken by Police After Classroom Comments About Marijuana's Benefits 18.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A mother already suffering from a debilitating medical condition now must fight the state of Kansas to maintain her parental rights . Shona Banda, a well-known activist, published a book "Live Free or Die" detailing how she found relief from Crohn's disease after using cannabis oil. Banda's primary concern now is keeping custody of her son. This because her son's school contacted child protective services after he attempted to argue about the harms of marijuana during a classroom talk. Child Protective Services then removed Banda's son from the school. This story may seem ridiculous to some. The reality is this happens all the time in our country and it is a lesser-known atrocity of the drug war. Due to mandatory reporting requirements, the staff at the school may have been under a duty to involve Child Protective Services if Banda's son admitted marijuana was in his home. This type of blanket approach is rarely in the immediate best interests of the child and reflects the immense amount of stigma ...
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CDOT’s 4/20 campaign aims to reduce DUIs 17.4.2015 Durango Herald
Monday is April 20, and you know what that means, right?Well, not all of you do. But enough do that the Colorado Department of Transportation is taking measures to make sure people don’t get out of hand.CDOT will roll out its “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign for a second year to coincide with April 20...
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Minn. 'pot mom' cuts deal to avoid trial; charges dropped for giving sick son medical marijuana 17.4.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Angela Brown agrees to plea that will drop the child endangerment charges.
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Minnesota 'Pot Mom' cuts deal to avoid trial, drop charges of giving her sick son medical marijuana 17.4.2015 Star Tribune: Health
Days before she would have faced trial in Lac qui Parle County, Angela Brown has been offered a deal that will drop the child endangerment charge she faced.
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Georgia governor signs law legalizing medical marijuana 17.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - People with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses will be allowed to use a non-smoking form of medical marijuana in Georgia after the state's Republican governor signed a measure legalizing the drug on Thursday. Under the law, which takes effect immediately, patients who complete a screening process will be provided with documentation allowing them to possess cannabis oil with a low percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical in marijuana that produces a high, Governor Nathan Deal said in a statement. Those with cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s and sickle cell disease also will be eligible for the medical marijuana.
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Georgia Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law 17.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that permits the use of medical marijuana to treat eight serious health problems.
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