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Study: Nationwide medical marijuana laws would save lives - and a billion taxpayer dollars 21.4.2017 Washington Post
Study: Nationwide medical marijuana laws would save lives - and a billion taxpayer dollars
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Gonorrhea, syphilis, drug-related infections jumped last year in Minn. 20.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Minnesota's health commissioner called the rise in sexually transmitted diseases "alarming" and warned of a trend in STD cases among drug users, particularly those using heroin, prescription opiates and methamphetamine.
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It's Time to Legalize Marijuana and Abolish the Drug Czar 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
An installer puts in a drip irrigation line at Harborside Farms, a large marijuana grower, in Salinas, California, March 24, 2017. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times) Supporters of legal marijuana are not happy with President Trump or his apparent pick for White House drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino. The war on drugs will not end until the institutions behind it are dismantled and positions like "drug czar" become relics. Let's eliminate the offices that make the drug war possible -- sooner rather than later. An installer puts in a drip irrigation line at Harborside Farms, a large marijuana grower, in Salinas, California, March 24, 2017. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times) Want to see more original stories like this? Make a tax-deductible donation to support the independent investigative reporting and analysis at Truthout! With its lengthy name and familiar acronym, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is one of the oldest pro-legalization lobbies on Capitol Hill, and the group ...
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The Exhaustive List Of Everyone Who's Died Of A Marijuana Overdose 20.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Thursday is April 20, better known to many as 4/20 , or “ Weed Day .” People around the world are celebrating the unofficial marijuana holiday by gathering for rallies, smoke-outs, policy discussions and thousands of other weed-centric events. It’s a day of blissful hypocrisy for millions of cannabis users in the U.S., who by and large are still expected to be somewhat covert about their fondness for the plant. The federal government maintains that marijuana is a dangerous illegal drug, with no accepted medicinal value and a high potential for abuse. Despite repeated calls for the reclassification of cannabis, it remains on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of Schedule I substances  ― which also includes heroin, mescaline, LSD and a broad category of synthetic stimulants often referred to as “bath salts.” The government’s message is clear: Marijuana and the psychoactive compound within it ― tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC ― poses a severe hazard to your health. To get a better sense of just how ...
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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery? 20.4.2017 NPR: Healthcare
Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.
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Las Vegas, hoping to stem HIV and hepatitis, will get needle vending machines 20.4.2017 Philly.com News
LOS ANGELES TIMES LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is preparing to be the first city in the nation with vending machines dispensing clean needles in an effort to help combat the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, while also possibly leading some drug users into treatment.
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Where is pot legal? A look at shifting US marijuana policy 20.4.2017 AP Washington
Whether it was fear, racism or economic concerns that led the U.S. in the 1930s to ban growing or even possessing marijuana, the nation's wall against pot lasted a generation. Now, it's showing signs of wear....
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America's First Addiction Crisis Had Some Striking Parallels To Today 19.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Doctors prescribing painkillers willy-nilly. Outrage over foreigners importing “poison” into America. Expensive treatment facilities marketed to addicts from well-off families. These are things America has seen before, when the country went through its first opioid crisis. “There’s definitely a parallel between our historical moment and the 1860s,” said Susan Zieger, author of Inventing the Addict , a history of addiction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the late 1860s, doctors were battling to get the public to respect them as scientifically oriented professionals, distinct from traditional healers. With the invention of hypodermic morphine, they gained a powerful weapon in this battle. But the drug created a generation of patients who struggled with dependence, leading to attitudes about drug use, treatment, and “worthy” and “unworthy” addicts that remain with us today. Opium pods had long been a staple of folk medicine , brewed in teas or used in tinctures to treat a huge variety of ...
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Letter: Medical marijuana should be legal in Utah 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
I am a psychologist with a degree in psychopharmacology. I evaluate and treat people with chronic pain; most will not have a pain-free day for the rest of their lives. None of them woke up one morning and decided to become opioid abusers or die of a heroin overdose. What they want most is good pain management. After reading a recent story on opioid abuse, I had a couple of thoughts. 1) Why do we insist that drug and alcohol abusers must “hit rock bottom” before treatment will work? It isn’t do... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Las Vegas, hoping to stem HIV and hepatitis, to get needle vending machines 18.4.2017 LA Times: Nation

Las Vegas is preparing to be the first city in the nation with vending machines dispensing clean needles in an effort to help combat the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, while also possibly leading some drug users into treatment.

Three machines will be available for users starting in...

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Questions, answers about North Dakota and medical marijuana 16.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
With the pending signature of Gov. Doug Burgum, medical marijuana will become legal in North Dakota.
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High School Adderall use becoming growing concern 15.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Rift opens between the Brown administration and legislators over new marijuana laws in California 14.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A proposal by the Brown administration to revise marijuana laws in California is drawing backlash from lawmakers and police chiefs who say it would repeal rules approved by the Legislature two years ago and benefit the pot industry over the public.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to merge medical marijuana...

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Canada takes major step toward legal recreational marijuana 14.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The government of Canada has introduced legislation to allow adults to possess, share and purchase marijuana, while also strengthening penalties for those who give or sell the products to youth.
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Canada's Government Introduces Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana 14.4.2017 NPR News
The government of Canada has introduced legislation to allow adults to possess, share and purchase marijuana, while also strengthening penalties for those who give or sell the products to youth.
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What Doesn't Kill You Can Maim: Unexpected Injuries From Opioids 13.4.2017 NPR News
Emergency room doctors are just beginning to study a new kind of casualty in the opioid epidemic — patients who survive an overdose, but walk away with brain damage, kidney failure or dead muscle.
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Denver officials scrutinizing out-of-state CBD products sold in local pot shops 13.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver is clamping down on CBD products that originate outside of Colorado.
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Dr. Oz at Philly's heroin encampments: 'I just walked into hell' 11.4.2017 Philly.com News
America’s best-known physician, Mehmet Oz, came to Philadelphia’s railside heroin encampments Monday for the kind of medical education seen by few doctors, let alone his daytime television audience.
Colleges can get free doses of naloxone for students overdosing on heroin and other opioids 11.4.2017 Washington Post
Colleges can get free doses of naloxone for students overdosing on heroin and other opioids
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Man who died in Longmont fire was registered sex offender 8.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
A man found dead after a fire outside a Longmont electrical contractor has been identified as a registered sex offender.
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