Great study released

March 19, 2018 0

Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the leading, nonpartisan U.S. organization offering a science-based approach to marijuana policy, released the most comprehensive study to date today entitled: Lessons from Marijuana Legalization in Four U.S. States and D.C.“ This study, validated by scientists from around the country, found that since legalization, marijuana use has soared, the black market is thriving, and communities of color are being negatively affected. The study found that legalized states are leading […]

Department of Justice to Announce new Marijuana Rules,

January 4, 2018 0

The Department of Justice will announce today it will rescind lax marijuana policy guidance to US Attorneys (the so-called “Cole Memo”) and instead allow US Attorneys to exercise discretion in going after marijuana cases. The new memo will not call for arresting users or others with low-level involvement in marijuana, but instead makes investing in the marijuana industry a risky move. “This is a good day for public health. The days of safe harbor for […]

Marijuana use has been linked to inferior academic achievement

October 9, 2017 0

A funny thing happened in the Dutch city of Maastricht in the fall of 2011. A policy went into effect banning the sale of marijuana at the city’s 13 legal cannabis shops to visitors from most other countries. The goal was to discourage disruptive drug tourism in a city close to several international borders. The policy had its intended effect, but also a remarkable unintended one: foreign students attending Maastricht University starting getting better grades. […]

Big-name tech investors pour millions into marijuana — both medicinal and not

August 30, 2017 0

From the website Stat (www.statnews.com) OAKLAND, Calif. — The storied Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital has launched a slew of tech companies: Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, Instagram. Now its search for the next big thing has led it to … pot. Benchmark recently invested $8 million in Hound Labs, a startup here in Oakland that’s developing a device for drivers — and law enforcement — to test whether they’re too buzzed to take the wheel. And […]

Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless? The view from New England.

May 10, 2017 0

These days, it’s become fairly square to criticize marijuana and its rush toward legalization. Twenty-three states have condoned the drug in some form, with four permitting recreational use, and Massachusetts is set to vote on permitting it next year. The proposed federal CARERS Act of 2015 would let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference and demote pot from a Schedule I drug — one with high abuse potential — to Schedule II. The path toward nationwide decriminalization is […]

Interesting information on Marijuana and Driving from Colorado

March 10, 2017 0

The Colorado Department of Transportation is not encouraged by some of the results of a recent survey that had drivers candidly discuss their driving habits. Nearly a quarter of Colorado drivers admit to having recently read messages on their phones while driving, according to the survey. And the number of drivers who admitted to speeding (69 percent) is increasing, with about a quarter of drivers saying they speed more often than not. The results aren’t […]

Expansion of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services

June 29, 2016 0

To address the growing number of Lake County residents struggling with opioid addictions, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is doubling the capacity of its Medication-Assisted Treatment program. It is expanding treatment to 200 people struggling with opioid addictions through a grant of $325,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration. “The expansion of our MAT program is an essential next step in the regional effort to address the opioid epidemic, which has had […]

America’s opioid addiction: ‘I ended up selling all my valuable stuff to buy pills’

May 19, 2016 0

On the outskirts of Kingsport, Tennessee, Kim, a therapist, faces a small group of people sitting in folding chairs. She’s helping them rid their life of illegal drugs. The attendees are all white and working class, self-described “dirt poor”, and none with college degrees. They have come to spend hours talking of past and present pains, offer each other support, and pee in a cup. If they pass the test, they will get their weekly […]

Can a teen’s clothing reveal if they drink?

April 14, 2016 0

Teens are more likely to begin drinking alcohol if they own alcohol branded merchandise such as shirts, hats, and keychains, according to a recent study. An Australian researcher, whose work was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, analyzed 13 studies on the association between alcohol merchandise ownership and consumption, which included more than 26,000 kids and teens. Some of the studies found up to 59 percent of kids and teens own alcohol branded merchandise. […]

Congressman Dold on Opioid’s

April 11, 2016 0

In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) will discuss Congress’s work to combat the growing opioid epidemic that is plaguing the country. “As a co-chair of the Suburban Anti-Heroin Task Force in Illinois, I’ve seen firsthand the unimaginable suffering that heroin has brought onto families in our community and around the country,” Rep. Dold said. “Heroin doesn’t discriminate by demographics, zip code, or partisanship, which is why we can’t let politics get in the […]

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