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Homelessness is on the rise in Kensington 28.7.2014 Philly.com News
Ilza Padua bathes her 500-pound ex-boyfriend in exchange for a shower, or a $10 bill she could use to buy a bag of heroin.
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Parents press Christie on Rx marijuana 27.7.2014 Philly.com News
New Jersey's medical-marijuana program is coming under fire from a group of parents, who are setting up orange traffic cones on a sidewalk in front of the Statehouse each week to make their point, simply and colorfully.
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Wanted: Manufacturers For New Medical Pot Program 26.7.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: CBS)Dr. Marshall Brinton saw the headlines after Minnesota passed a medical marijuana law, looked around at the equipment in his old veterinary laboratory and thought: Yeah, I could do that.
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Manufacturers at top of state's wish list for buildup of new medical marijuana program 26.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Manufacturers at top of state's wish list for buildup of new medical marijuana program 26.7.2014 Star Tribune: Health
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Use of illicit drugs becomes part of Silicon Valley's work culture 26.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
With a tech boom lubricated by VC cash, a startup culture cranked up by fiercely competitive VPs and adrenaline-driven coders, and a corporate model that encourages stressed-out managers to look the other way, illicit drugs and black-market painkillers have become part of the landscape here in the world's fountain of tech.
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Minnesota names first marijuana director 24.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Michelle Larson has less than a year to set up the program that will regulate the new medicine.
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Personal Drug Use 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. The 159-page report , which focused primarily on HIV prevention and care worldwide, included a brief section discussing "good practice recommendations concerning decriminalization." In it, WHO offered the following recommendations: Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize injection and other use of drugs and, thereby, reduce incarceration. Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize the use of clean needles and syringes (and that permit NSPs [needle and syringe programs]) and that legalize OST [opioid substitution therapy] for people who are opioid-dependent. Countries should ban compulsory treatment for people who use and/or inject drugs. The recommendations refer specifically to the decriminalization of personal drug use, not the decriminalization of drug cultivation, production and ...
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State Hires Top Medical Pot Official 24.7.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday that Michelle Larson, a deputy director in the department's Office of Statewide Health Improvement, would direct the new program.
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Minnesota names new director of medical cannabis 24.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
By this time next year, Minnesota doctors will be writing prescriptions for medical marijuana.
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Minn. Medical Cannabis Director chosen 24.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Michelle Larson was most recently the deputy director of the MDH Office of Statewide Health Improvement. She also previously worked for the MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness.
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Minnesota hires top medical pot official 24.7.2014 Twincities.com: Local

A health official who managed Minnesota's efforts to reduce tobacco use and obesity will run the state's new medical marijuana program.

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Minnesota names new director of medical marijuana office 24.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
By this time next year, Minnesota doctors will be writing prescriptions for medical marijuana.
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German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana 22.7.2014 Health
BERLIN (AP) — Some Germans may soon be able to grow their own marijuana to relieve chronic pain after a ruling from a court in Cologne.
Advocates hail legal pot for kids with seizures, hope to aid others 22.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Families of children who suffer seizures are welcoming a new Illinois law that will allow kids like them to receive medical marijuana, as advocates look to broaden the law to treat other ...
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Communities move to regulate where electronic cigarettes can be used 22.7.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, which have experienced an explosive growth in popularity in the last few years, are beginning to face stiff resistance in Colorado as an increasing number of communities crack down on the battery-powered ...
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Minnesota gears up to enter medical marijuana business 21.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The Legislature approved medical marijuana in pill and oil forms this spring. The state's health department is now ramping up its Office of Medical Cannabis, the regulatory group that will oversee medical marijuana production and use. It's expected to name a director this week.
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HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed 20.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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2 changes to medical pot scrapped 19.7.2014 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico’s medical marijuana program.A state Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and...
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Heroin overdose treatment training set for Hennepin County launch 17.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Deaths from opiate overdoses, including heroin, have skyrocketed in Minnesota and across the country in recent years, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to call it an epidemic. "people are dying and we need to do what we can to save them," Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says.
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