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Philly420: Cannabis candies for Trick-or-Treat? Unlikely 31.10.2014 Philly.com News
Remember to inspect Halloween treats; SPD doubts many pot tricks 31.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Seattle police say to watch your children’s Halloween candy closely, but don’t be too concerned about pot-infused treats sneaking in.
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Remember to inspect Halloween treats; SPD doubts many pot tricks 31.10.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Seattle police say to watch your children’s Halloween candy closely, but don’t be too concerned about pot-infused treats sneaking in.
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Get up to speed 31.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The fight to contain Ebola continues in West Africa, but there's a ray of hope. In the United States, there's fighting of a different kind: quarantine discords and lawsuits linked to Ebola fears.
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War on Drugs Doesn't Decrease Use, UK Gov't Report Finds 31.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ballot Measure To Drug-Test Doctors Draws Backlash 30.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A proposal to randomly drug-test doctors in California is stealing the spotlight from the medical malpractice reform measure it was attached to, and drug-reform advocates have united against it. California residents will vote Tuesday on Proposition 46 , which originally centered on increasing the non-economic “pain and suffering” damages in medical negligence lawsuits from $250,000 -- the lowest in the country -- to $1.1 million. Its author, Bob Pack, whose young children were killed by a driver under the influence of prescription drugs nearly 11 years ago, struggled to find a lawyer to represent him in a lawsuit against the “doctor-shopping” driver because of low potential damages that would have limited attorney fees. According to KQED, Pack said when he began authoring the initiative, medical experts advised him to add a doctor drug-testing provision . Critics have called that addition an attempt to sweeten the appeal of a ballot measure about something else entirely. Under the proposition, doctors ...
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Seniors debate pot's benefits 30.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Their voices could be crucial to the acceptance of medical marijuana.
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First marijuana planted for medical use in Chile 29.10.2014 Health
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean municipality is planting the country's first legal medical marijuana as part of a pilot program aimed to help ease the pain of cancer patients and others.
Mandatory Rehab Is Just the Newest Front in the War on Drugs 29.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The yard at the Albert M. "Bo" Robinson Assessment and Treatment Center in Trenton, New Jersey, March 13, 2012. The Bo Robinson center is run by a company with deep ties to Gov. Chris Christie that dominates New Jersey's system of large halfway houses, where there has been little state oversight, despite widespread problems. (Photo: Richard Perry / The New York Times) The past few months have seen a wide variety of political leaders extolling the virtues of drug treatment over incarceration. Major Republican figureheads are now on the bandwagon – perhaps none more voraciously than Chris Christie, who recently announced at a summit on addiction destigmatisation, “There but for the grace of God go I – that’s how I look at addiction.” He has also offered a solution: “When you give people the tools to save their own lives, that’s God’s miracles happening in their own lives.” The yard at the Albert M. "Bo" Robinson Assessment and Treatment Center in Trenton, New Jersey, March 13, 2012. The Bo Robinson center ...
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The Device That Could Help Keep Former Inmates Out Of Jail For Good 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 100 inmates in San Francisco’s jail are now in possession of computer tablets as part of a two-year pilot program allowing them to study using the same technology as students’ outside the system, shedding light on the digital divide so many inmates experience when they re-enter the job force. The tablets were provided last week by Five Keys Charter School , a high school diploma program started by the San Francisco’s Sheriff’s Department in 2003 that has since spread to Los Angeles. Participating inmates will have the tablets for most of the day , NBC Bay Area reported, but they can be deactivated at any time and will only allow access to four secure websites, including a law library and education program. “Tablets are next logical step,” Wendy Still, San Francisco’s chief adult probation officer, told The Huffington Post. “So much of our lives is digital learning.” The $275,000 pilot program is funded by the California Wellness Foundation, the city’s Adult Probation Department and Five Keys ...
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Attack on Canadian Parliament Fuels "Anti-Terror" Laws, Ignoring Ties to Mental Illness, Drug Abuse 28.10.2014 Truthout.com
As Canada mourns the death of a soldier gunned down while standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pushing new antiterrorism legislation that would expand surveillance and intelligence sharing with foreign governments. In the days since the shooting, the gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, has been identified as a convert to Islam with a history of drug abuse, criminal activity and mental illness. The incident came two days after another violent attack on Canadian troops in Quebec. Martin Couture-Rouleau, also identified as a "radicalized" Muslim convert, drove a car into two soldiers, killing one of them. The incidents have sparked fears of blowback shortly after Canada joined the U.S.-led war against Islamic State militants in Iraq. But the violence has also raised questions about Canada’s treatment of the mentally ill and others on the margins. Zehaf-Bibeau had been dealing with a serious crack-cocaine addiction and living in and out of homeless shelters. On ...
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Get up to speed 28.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The CDC issues new quarantine guidelines. U.S. troops are being monitored in Italy. And details emerge about the first person infected during this Ebola outbreak -- a 2-year-old boy.
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Rob Ford wins Toronto city council seat 28.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Torontonians love Rob Ford. His brother? Not so much.
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Toronto Elects John Tory As Mayor, Ending Rob Ford Era 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Toronto has elected a moderate conservative as mayor, ending the scandal-ridden Rob Ford era. John Tory had 40 percent of the vote, compared to 34 percent for Doug Ford, brother of outgoing Mayor Rob Ford. Left-leaning Olivia Chow was third with nearly 23 percent. The results were announced Monday night with more than 90 percent of polling stations reporting. Rob Ford's four-year tenure as mayor of Canada's largest city was marred by his drinking and crack cocaine use. He announced last month that he wouldn't seek re-election as he battles a rare form of cancer. His brother, a city councilor, ran in his place. Despite the cancer, Ford opted to seek the City Council seat from the Etobicoke district where he launched his political career. He won his old seat in a landslide. After months of denials, the mayor in 2013 acknowledged he had smoked crack cocaine in one of his "drunken stupors," but he refused to resign. The City Council stripped Ford of most of his ...
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Toronto elects a new mayor, ends Ford era 28.10.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Toronto elected a moderate conservative as mayor on Monday night, ending the Rob Ford era marked by scandals over his illegal drug use and public drunkenness.
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Toronto elects a new mayor, ends Ford era 28.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Toronto has elected a moderate conservative as mayor, ending the scandal-ridden Rob Ford era.
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Get up to speed 28.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The death toll from Ebola soars past 4,900 in West Africa. New York and New Jersey have new rules on trying to prevent the virus. And 10 people in Spain have reason to celebrate.
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Under full capital rules, 36 EU banks would have flunked test 27.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's banking health check has shown countries and lenders are implementing global capital rules at vastly different speeds, and 36 firms would have failed if new capital rules were fully applied. The euro zone is lagging behind countries outside the bloc in implementing the Basel III capital rules that are due to come into full force in 2019, potentially adding another challenge for the European Central Bank when it takes over supervision of euro zone lenders next month. ...
Ebola outbreak: Get up to speed 26.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A doctor in New York City tests positive for Ebola. The European Union pledges more funds to fight the deadly virus. And a military response team begins training.
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Nations Devastated By Ebola Were Already Under Siege In The Global Drug War 24.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
West Africa’s public infrastructure is now collapsing under the burden of the Ebola outbreak. But the health and political systems in that region were already under attack from another deadly force -- drug trafficking and the harsh criminal response so frequently wielded in the global war on drugs. What makes it so hard to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa -- weak public infrastructure, porous borders and high poverty rates -- are some of the same factors that drew the narco-traffickers. And the impulse to focus on law enforcement over medical treatment in these crises can be equally ineffective and ultimately fatal to many. Consider the latest calls to ban travel to the United States from West Africa. They've been resisted by top public health officials , who warn that combating the epidemic requires full knowledge of where people have been and with whom they've been traveling. "Even when governments restrict travel and trade, people in affected countries still find a way to move and it is even ...
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