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Colorado Rep. Says State Dept. Took His Bill On Marijuana Edibles 'One Step Too Far' 21.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Colorado state Rep. Jonathan Singer (D) told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that state health officials ultimately did the right thing by retreating from their initial call to ban almost all marijuana edible products because such a ban is "unconstitutional." "The state Department Of Public Health took it one step too far," Singer said. The state Health Department's recommendation for a near total ban of all retail marijuana-infused food products in the state was one of several from multiple lawmakers, state marijuana industry representatives and state officials who were taking part in a working group for Singer's bill on Monday. The Health Department's recommendation was the only one calling for a ban, which outraged marijuana industry members. The legality of such a ban was also called into question , since Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2012 legalizing marijuana in all forms. The House bill's language requires that a working group be assembled before the bill's passage to discuss ...
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Colorado Health Officials Walk Back Proposed Weed-Edibles Ban, Hours After It Goes Public 21.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Colorado health officials on Monday backtracked on their call to ban almost all recreational marijuana edibles in the state, just hours after publicly recommending such a prohibition. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment backed away from its recommendation for a ban after outraged marijuana industry representatives argued that state voters made all forms of marijuana legal in 2012. The Associated Press's Kristen Wyatt reported that a Health Department official said a ban "was not our intent." Talk of an edibles ban came as lawmakers, industry representatives and state officials on Monday discussed what should be included in a Colorado House bill that would add restrictions to the sale of edible marijuana products. Marijuana edibles -- food and beverage products infused with compounds derived from marijuana, such as THC or CBD -- have been under fire following two high-profile deaths that may have been linked to the treats. The Health Department's recommendation "is just that, a ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Congress Successfully Wards Off Ebola Epidemic For Another Day 21.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The next "Sharknado" installment will feature scenes set in Washington, which will likely renew the debate over whether sharknadoes are attributable to human activity. Lanny Davis supports President Obama's Ebola czar pick, so you can pretty much kiss everyone you've ever known or loved goodbye. And Colorado health officials are pushing to outlaw edible marijuana products, saying they appeal to children. We're going to go ahead and put the kibosh on our "Air Bud" line of weed cookies. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, October 20th, 2014: PRESIDENT CONSIDERING ASKING FOR MORE EBOLA FUNDS - Politico: "President Barack Obama is weighing his options for asking Congress for more funding to support the U.S. response to Ebola at home and abroad but has not made any formal requests of lawmakers, the White House said here Monday. 'At this moment we have not made any decisions about whether we need increased resources so there’s no proposal that we are sending up at this time,' White House spokesman Eric Schultz ...
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Most Americans Support Ending Mandatory Minimum Sentencing For Nonviolent Offenders 11.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
According to a Reason-Rupe poll released Thursday, 77 percent of Americans support putting an end to mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenders, most of whom have been convicted of drug-related crimes. While only 17 percent of Americans opposed the proposal, 8 out of 10 respondents think judges should be granted greater discretion in assigning individualized sentences for nonviolent offenders instead of "one size fits all" prison terms. Thursday's poll marks a 6-point increase in support for eliminating mandatory minimum sentences since Reason-Rupe posed the same question in December 2013. In line with last year's results, Democrats in the latest poll were more likely to support reform than independents and Republicans, although a majority in each group backed the proposal. Eighty-one percent of Democrats were in favor of eliminating mandatory minimums. Seventy-three percent of Republicans and 75 percent of independents agreed. In March, Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed a proposal seeking ...
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6,300 Illinois Patients Rush To Apply For Medical Marijuana -- Maybe A Little Too Quickly 10.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 6,000 people have already applied to use medical marijuana in Illinois -- but some patients may have signed up a little too quickly. Only 800 of the 6,300 applications started with the state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program -- about 12 percent -- are considered complete, state officials said Wednesday. “We are encouraged to see people registering for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, which will provide patients much-needed relief from dozens of debilitating medical conditions,” Bob Morgan, statewide project coordinator for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, said in a statement. “We will continue to process applications so that registered patients and caregivers will have access to medical cannabis as soon as it becomes available.” Applications must include documents like a doctor certification form and background check information. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials say applicants whose registrations are incomplete will be notified by mail and given 21 days to ...
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Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal in Florida? 9.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In less than one month, Florida will decide if medical marijuana should be legal. Amendment 2 on the ballot "allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician." This proposal amends our state's constitution which requires a super-majority of at least 60 percent of the vote. Currently, the issue is polling at an average of sixty-eight percent. So the question lingers like a roach in an ashtray: should we legalize medical marijuana? This issue is conflicting. Almost everyone I know smokes marijuana. The drug serves purposes, both medicinally and for recreation. The libertarian streak in me does not think the government should control what we put into our own bodies, especially in the privacy of our homes. Furthermore, the current laws around marijuana feel barbaric. No one should be arrested for possessing, cultivating or distributing marijuana. It's a victimless crime. To fill our jails with marijuana users is a waste of resources ...
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California Proposition Would Reinvest Prison Money In Drug Treatment 9.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
California voters could strike a blow against mass incarceration next month by passing a referendum downgrading an estimated 40,000 felonies a year to misdemeanors. Cops and prosecutors are fighting against the shift, but so far they're losing in the polls. Besides reducing the prison population, the ballot referendum could be a bellwether in the continuing political turn away from the drug war and toward drug treatment, its supporters say. "We know the system is broken. We've known it for 30 years," said Dionne Wilson, a cop's widow who has become a public face of the campaign . "The people of California have the opportunity now to say we've had enough, we need a new way forward." If approved, Proposition 47 would downgrade non-violent crimes -- such as shoplifting small amounts of property, writing bad checks and most drug possession felonies -- to misdemeanors. Many offenders serving time in county jails would be released immediately, and up to 10,000 state prisoners would be eligible to apply to have ...
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Illegal Marijuana Farms Among Threats To Fisher Populations, Federal Biologists Warn 8.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Citing a threat from rat poison used on illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists on Monday proposed Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published notice in the Federal Register that it wants to list the fisher as a threatened species in Oregon, California and Washington. The full proposal was expected Tuesday. Other reasons for the proposal include the loss of forest habitat to wildfire, logging and urban development, disease, being eaten by other predators, illegal fur trapping and climate change. The fisher is the second species in the West for which biologists have formally recognized a threat from marijuana cultivation. A recovery plan for coho salmon calls for reducing pollution from pesticides and fertilizers used on pot plantations; decreasing illegal water withdrawals from salmon streams; and easing clear-cut logging. Scientists are also working to see how ...
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Medical Marijuana in California: A Successful Treatment for a Wide Range of Patients 2.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Anyone can be a medical cannabis patient in California. This rhetoric has plagued the inaugural medical cannabis state since 1996. Given the absence of a codified list of approved condition from the legislature and willingness of many California doctors to embrace cannabis as a viable treatment and substitute for prescription drugs their patients don't want or can't tolerate, the assumption is that EVERYONE in California is a medical cannabis patient, or has had patient status at one time. Furthermore, because the state has no mandatory registry, it is very difficult to quantify just who is a patient in California. Without hard data, the assumptions flew about wildly, mostly based on observational data, such as who was hanging out at a dispensary, or who was shown on TV obtaining their recommendation on the 5 o'clock news. For years, opponents of medical marijuana have claimed that California's medical marijuana law is a giant con job. But now the data are in, and they suggest that medical marijuana is ...
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Peer-Reviewed Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California's Medical Marijuana Program 1.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Parents Say Andrew Cuomo Isn't Doing Enough To Help Their Sick Kids Get Medical Marijuana 1.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has asked the Justice Department twice in as many months for permission to import marijuana from other states on a limited basis so certain critically ill patients aren't forced to wait until New York's medical cannabis law takes effect in January 2016. Despite Cuomo's overtures, several mothers whose kids suffer from debilitating -- and potentially deadly -- seizure disorders say the New York governor isn't doing nearly enough to fight for emergency access to medical marijuana, which has proven successful treating children with similar conditions. "While reaching out to the DOJ is a meaningful first step, there are other additional steps [Cuomo] can and should take," said Missy Miller, whose son, Oliver, had a stroke in utero that now causes hundreds of seizures on any given day. "Every day that passes, we lose more of Oliver to these seizures." Cuomo signed New York's medical marijuana bill into law in July, but the measure specifies it will take ...
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UMass Police Helped Keep Student's Addiction Secret 29.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
AMHERST — Logan’s parents drove all morning from out of state to reach his off-campus apartment that sunny afternoon at the start of UMass Amherst Family Weekend last October.

His father and stepmother arrived first, around lunchtime, hoping to surprise the UMass junior with a cheeseburger when he got out of class. But Logan wasn’t there. Or at his campus job. He didn’t answer the door and he didn’t answer text messages either. Finally, the couple persuaded a maintenance man to let them inside.

There, lying on the bathroom floor was the 20-year-old, a former star hockey player and scholarship student, a needle and a spoon nearby. Logan’s father instantly knew it was too late to save Logan -- his son’s body was already cold -- but he couldn’t comprehend how it could be true. He had no idea Logan was using heroin.
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Truthout Interviews Featuring Paul Armentano on Marijuana, Alcohol, and the Law 28.9.2014 Truthout.com
Paul Armentano has spent a great deal of time writing about cannabis. In this "Truthout Interviews," he compares the deleterious health consequences between cannabis and alcohol by reviewing the medical research on each and finds that when compared side by side, alcohol is much more harmful to one's health than cannabis. As Armentano points out, it's not that cannabis is an innocuous drug, but rather it does not reach the threshold established by the Drug Enforcement Administration in categorizing controlled substances. Indeed, alcohol and tobacco should qualify as controlled substances for their addictive qualities and propensity for abuse. However, Congress exempted both substances from the drug schedules - most likely due to intense lobbying from the industries that profit from them. As Armentano argues, what is needed (and is happening in many parts of the US) are changes in the laws regarding cannabis that impose harsh penalties on users of a drug that should not be classified as a Schedule 1 ...
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Truthout Interviews Featuring Paul Armentano on Marijuana, Alcohol, and the Law 28.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Paul Armentano has spent a great deal of time writing about cannabis. In this "Truthout Interviews," he compares the deleterious health consequences between cannabis and alcohol by reviewing the medical research on each and finds that when compared side by side, alcohol is much more harmful to one's health than cannabis. As Armentano points out, it's not that cannabis is an innocuous drug, but rather it does not reach the threshold established by the Drug Enforcement Administration in categorizing controlled substances. Indeed, alcohol and tobacco should qualify as controlled substances for their addictive qualities and propensity for abuse. However, Congress exempted both substances from the drug schedules - most likely due to intense lobbying from the industries that profit from them. As Armentano argues, what is needed (and is happening in many parts of the US) are changes in the laws regarding cannabis that impose harsh penalties on users of a drug that should not be classified as a Schedule 1 ...
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GOP Congressman Warns Of The Real Social Ill Destroying American Values: Marijuana 27.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are losing ground on the fight to keep marijuana illegal, a Republican congressman warned in dire terms at the Values Voter Summit. During a conference mostly focused on religious liberty, abolishing the IRS and promoting small government, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) delivered a full speech on the ills of decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Fleming, a medical doctor, warned of a "growing acceptance" of marijuana -- a fact hard to deny, considering public opinion and state laws. Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational marijuana, and 23 states and the District of Columbia have allowed the substance for medical use. "The time for us to speak up on this issue is now," Fleming told the crowd of conservatives. Fleming linked marijuana to deaths and domestic violence and said legalization supporters spread lies that marijuana is not addictive. Most supporters don't actually say it can't be addictive . Of course, those ills apply even more so to alcohol . Asked ...
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Florida Marijuana Campaign Heats Up, Could Raise Turnout For November Election 26.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Opponents of a proposal to let doctors in Florida prescribe marijuana are poised to launch a $1.6 million advertising campaign on Monday, with potential side effects for the state's heated race for governor in November. Political consultants say a public battle over the proposed constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana, included on this year's midterm election ballot, could boost turnout among young voters for Democrat Charlie Crist, who supports the measure. The extra support may be enough to help him defeat incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott, who opposes it. But opponents of Amendment 2 got a major boost when Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino magnate and a major Republican fundraiser, put up $2.5 million of the $3.2 million raised by Drug Free Florida. The ads will attack "loopholes," which law enforcement authorities say could lead to recreational use of the drug, said Sarah Bascom, whose Tallahassee consulting firm is ...
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Military's Tiny Implant Could Give People Self-Healing Powers 26.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If a tiny device could be implanted in your body to give you self-healing powers, would you want one? That question is on many minds now that the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that just such a device is in the works: an electronic implant, injected via a needle, that would monitor the health of internal organs and help the body heal itself when illness or injury strikes. The implant -- being developed as part of the agency's ElectRx (pronounced “electrics”) program -- would “fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness,” DARPA program manager Doug Weber said in a written statement. “Instead of relying only on medication -- we envision a closed-loop system that would work in concept like a tiny, intelligent pacemaker," Weber continued. "It would continually assess conditions and provide stimulus patterns tailored to help maintain healthy organ function, helping patients get healthy and stay healthy using ...
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Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov 23.9.2014 Science / Technology News

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability - but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features. Those are among the conclusions of a report being released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, who focuses on health care fraud.

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Say Bruce Rauner's Blowing Smoke With Criticism Of Illinois Law 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Illinois' medical marijuana law "stinks" and should have been vetoed, the state's Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said during a Tuesday press conference. Reading from prepared statements, Rauner blasted the state's medical marijuana pilot program as incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) "secret, insider process" that "leaves a lot of questions left unanswered." The state, which began accepting applications earlier this month, will grant licenses for up to 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries across Illinois. Under the law, which passed with bipartisan support, applicants' names and certain other information will not be made public. Referring to Illinois' jailed Democratic ex-governor, who is currently serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges, Rauner called the process for awarding licenses "so overtly corrupt, it would made Rod Blagojevich blush." In addition to saying he would have vetoed medical marijuana, Rauner said the state should auction off licenses to the highest ...
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Five Ways to End the Drug War; Start by Decriminalizing Drug Use 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The international drug control regime is broken. Past approaches premised on a punitive law enforcement paradigm have failed, emphatically so. They have resulted in more violence, larger prison populations, and the erosion of governance around the world. The health harms associated with drug use have gotten worse, not better. The Global Commission on Drug Policy instead advocates for an approach to drug policy that puts public health, community safety, human rights and development at the center. Below I have listed the five pathways to ending the drug war recommended by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that I chair. (Other members of the commission, ranging from Kofi Annan to Paul Volcker to former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are listed after the recommendations.) 1. Putting health and community safety first requires a fundamental reorientation of policy priorities and resources, from failed punitive enforcement to proven health and social interventions. Both the stated goals of drug control ...
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