Drugs

Surprising Endorsement For Marijuana Legalization

In a shocking development, a bastion and outspoken member of the Christian Right has come out pro-legalization. Pat Robertson, televangelist and host of the 700 Club on his network, is quoted as saying, “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol.” Robertson repeats some of the standard arguments about the ….

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Heroin Can Be Anywhere

It’s not common to hear much about heroin on the news anymore. Sure, when there is a major bust, that’s newsworthy, but as an ongoing problem, heroin takes a backseat to whatever the tweens are abusing these days, alcohol and cigarettes. When was the last time you saw a PSA about heroin? But heroin is ….

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Tragic Death Blamed On Marijuana That Wasn’t There

The headline says, “Father Killed in Marijuana Child Removal Incident“. The problem, both for police and the public, is that the autopsy showed no marijuana (or alcohol) in the decedent’s system. It plays out like a poorly written drama. Police are called to a domestic disturbance and the officers claim they smelled the odor of ….

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Rock Bottom

One of the most common themes at AA and NA meetings is when a member tells about their “rock bottom.” That’s the point at which it became obvious to them they really were an addict and really did need help. For many it involved jail or the loss of their health and relationships – sometimes it’s ….

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Oakland CA Sues Feds Over Marijuana

In the ongoing battle of “which law is in play,” the City of Oakland, California is trying to block federal enforcement of marijuana laws that led to the closure of a large dispensary in the city. The dispensary, legal under state and local laws, is an illegal operation under federal drug laws, as are the ….

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Abstinence Not The Goal For Some Treatment Specialists

In what could be described as a sea change, some addiction specialists now don’t see the same level of harm in moderate consumption when compared to a survey from 20 years ago. About half the respondents to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors said they find it acceptable ….

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Marijuana Friendly Cities

Kalamazoo, Michigan, besides having one of those unforgettable names, is also the home to Western Michigan University. The city is too large to be just a college town, but their latest ordinance suggests they have the party school attitude. In the city that boasts on its website, “Kalamazoo is a great place to live and ….

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Tobacco Companies Nailed By Judge

In a criminal trial, if you plead guilty, the judge requires that you admit your crime in open court. One of his roles is to make sure you accept what you’ve done. Judges are required to question defendants and agree that the guilty plea is “knowing and intelligent.” The procedure is different in civil actions, ….

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Deaths In North Dakota Lead To Emergency Banning

The North Dakota State Board of Pharmacy issued an emergency ruling to ban whole classes of compounds sold as synthetic drugs after the deaths of two teenagers. The drugs blamed for the overdoses had been legal in the state, where critics have argued was slow to crack down on chemicals sold to mimic the effects ….

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Separating The Medicine And The Marijuana

With the popularity of medical marijuana sweeping the country, scientists have been exploring exactly what benefits marijuana offers and how to exploit them. This is no different than the path taken by other plant derived medicines, but research has been limited because of the restrictions placed on testing human subjects with what amounts to an ….

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