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All Solutions for Medical Cannabis Point to Congress 19.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today over 300 million Americans live in states with medical cannabis laws, and over 2 million individuals are legally using medical cannabis under these state programs. However, all of these patients and programs are in violation of federal laws. Over the past few years, most federal interference has come to halt (more than $500,000,000 dollars of anti-medical cannabis federal enforcement later ) due to the the passage of the Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment to the CJS appropriations bill in 2014 and 2015 which prohibits federal interference with state medical cannabis programs as well as the August 2013 Department of Justice memo that made clear that state legal medical marijuana is not a top priority  for federal enforcement. Over the last week the nation has turned its attention once again to the federal battle between the states and federal government as it relates to medical cannabis, and all solutions require action by Congress. On August 10th the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ...
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Videos Surface of a Death in Custody the LAPD Didn't Want Released 19.8.2016 Truthout.com
Early on the afternoon of June 4, 2012, Vachel Howard was handcuffed to a bench inside the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station Jail. He was 56 years old, and had been taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. The grandfather of seven had been strip-searched, and his shirt still hung open. Howard told the officers present that he suffered from schizophrenia. Police suspected he was high on cocaine. Less than an hour later, Howard was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital, just miles from the jail. He had been released from the handcuffs, but later subdued by half a dozen officers after he became, by their testimony, "violent and combative." A coroner eventually listed three contributing causes of death: cocaine intoxication, heart disease, and a chokehold employed by one of the officers. Two years of litigation followed before, in October of 2015, the city of Los Angeles agreed to pay Howard's family $2.85 million to settle a wrongful death claim. The legal fight included ...
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A different type of addiction 16.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, alcohol claims more lives than other drugs, but now an alternative treatment program could help.
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The Dangers of Dabbing: The Health Risks Posed by the Latest Marijuana Trend 13.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana in some form. And the trend continues unabated: this year could see marijuana being legalized for recreational use in an additional 10 states and for medical use in an additional six states. The march toward legalization has brought a dramatic change in attitude. Once perceived as a serious threat to public health and safety - if not a downright evil - marijuana is now considered by most to be safe - on the order of drinking alcohol, but safer. Many even consider it to be good for them. Fifty-four percent of American registered voters support full legalization, and 12.5 percent of American adults use marijuana, including a third of high school seniors . In some ways, this swing in attitude is understandable given that since 1970 marijuana has been lumped in the same category as heroin and cocaine as a schedule I drug. The drugs placed in this category were defined as drugs that had a high potential for abuse, no accredited ...
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Now You Can Finally Watch The Infamous Rob Ford Crack Tape 12.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A publication ban on the infamous video of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine was lifted on Thursday , allowing for the first public airing of the footage that sparked a political scandal and media circus in 2013. In the short cell phone video, Ford, who died earlier this year, appears in a disheveled state as he sits with a lighter in one hand and glass pipe in the other. He largely mumbles in agreement as an unseen friend, Elena Basso, talks animatedly about Ford’s achievements and denounces his detractors with some explicit language. At one point, Ford calls current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “fat dick.” The tape has had a long and bizarre journey to public view. Ford, who died of a rare form of cancer in March, was the mayor of Canada’s largest city when reporters from the Toronto Star newspaper and Gawker wrote, in May 2013, that they had viewed a tape of him using crack. Gawker raised $200,000 to buy the tape from their unnamed source but the deal ultimately fell through. In ...
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Forbidden Fruit Is Always Sweeter: Should Or Shouldn't Marijuana Be Legal? 11.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Since early times, we, human beings, have been trying to create a truly free, democratic society based on moral values that would satisfy the majority of people. But it's not as easy as it sounds as it all comes to the endless philosophical discussions on morality, goodness, and evil. Can we know for sure what's right and what's wrong? And what are the main criteria? While there are things that are undeniably bad, like on-purpose murder, robbery or just anything related to hurting other people, there are things that arise constant debates among people, as everybody has his or her views. For example, is it right or wrong to do the abortion ? Some people claim that it's not morally acceptable as it's the same as killing a person; others argue that every woman has the right to do with her body what she considers proper and should be granted a freedom of choice; some people would say that it's only acceptable in certain situations, like when there's a risk for a woman's health. Can we answer this question ...
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Better Mental Health 10.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When policy-makers say that someone has fallen through the cracks, we attempt to explain a situation as something that we cannot control. As an elected representative, it is my responsibility to identify those cracks, and propose responsible solutions to repair those cracks and ensure that they do not splinter again. A good start in life begins with a solid education. In California and across the nation, many students show up to school facing difficulties not of their own doing. Parents, for better or worse, drop their kids off at school and it becomes the school's responsibility to address those difficulties. These problems can stem from household problems, neighborhood factors, or school-site issues. And we know that mental health is one of the major problems that hamper learning. In fact, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reports that in California three out of four children with mental health treatment do not receive treatment despite having health insurance. Los Angeles Unified School ...
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The San Luis Valley’s controversial needle exchange idea 8.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Local leaders contemplate a program to address drug-associated health risks with a rocky history.
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Española has tried everything to stop drug overdoses 8.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
What we can learn from the fight against addiction in a small New Mexico town.
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A community curbs pain pill abuse, but heroin addiction grows 8.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Interventions intended to reduce over-prescription of pain medicine may unintentionally be feeding a rise in heroin use in southwest Colorado.
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The rural county trying to find its high-risk drug users before it’s too late 8.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Rio Arriba’s health care providers are pulling together to treat patients and prevent overdoses.
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Law, Order and the Wall: Would Trump and Pence Fuel the Drug War? 4.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Donald Trump with his running-mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, during a campaign event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 26, 2016. (Todd Heisler / The New York Times) Trump has put forth few solid drug policy proposals besides building a wall, and Pence's positions are stuck in the 1980s. All in all, Team Trump seems eager to return to a time when health problems like drug misuse were blamed on moral decay. Donald Trump with his running-mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, during a campaign event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 26, 2016. (Todd Heisler / The New York Times) Writing about what drug policy might look like under a Trump administration is not easy. Donald Trump's views on drugs have changed radically over the years, and the Republican nominee's rambling statements on the subject ...
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Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States 25.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
States looking for a way to reduce Medicare spending and prescription drug use may want to turn to legalizing medical marijuana, a new study suggests. The District of Columbia and the 17 states that had medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs in 2013 saved an estimated total of $165.2 million in Medicare program and enrollee spending that year, researchers at the University of Georgia reported in the journal Health Affairs this month. “The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million,” a press release on the findings stated. The researchers looked at prescriptions filled by Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (or Part D) enrollees from 2010 to 2013. They then narrowed the prescriptions down to ones that could be substituted with medical marijuana. Those prescriptions were for ailments that included anxiety, depression, glaucoma, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity. Their ...
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It Is Unclear How THC Ended Up In This Colorado Town's Water 22.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday. A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook posting. “At this time, investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities,” the sheriff’s office said. “Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo water.” Susan Kelly, the county’s public health director, said there were no reports of anyone falling ill or otherwise being affected by the tainted water. Colorado allows both medical and recreational marijuana use. But it was unclear how THC got into the water, as there are no legal marijuana ...
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Responding to K2 with Facts Instead of Fear 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, New Yorkers awoke to news in the New York Times and New York Post that dozens of people in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn had severe reactions to a batch of K2, a commonly used name for synthetic cannabinoid products. This most recent outbreak follows a spate of emergency room admissions last summer centered on K2 use in East Harlem and unfortunately illustrate all too clearly the continued failure of our prohibitionist and punitive drug laws. The outbreak also serves as an important cautionary tale of basing policy on fear instead of facts. Synthetic cannabinoids, work by acting on various cannabinoid receptors in the brain. However, their effects are different and often stronger than marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids in their original form are powder or liquid chemicals, sometimes sprayed on herbal matter and sold in packages. One of the main risks of use of K2, as well as other novel psychoactive substances (NPS), is that very little is actually known about their composition or their ...
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PRESUMED INNOCENT. FOUND DEAD. 14.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

The Huffington Post gathered names, causes of death, dates of arrest and death, and other data for more than 800 people who died in jails and police lockups in the year following Sandra Bland’s death on July 13, 2015.


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10 Smoke Signals Heralding The End Of Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition 13.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A little less than a year ago I wrote an article “ 10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke ” for the Huffington Post. While all the points in the article still reign true, I am happy to report that the list is still growing. In fact, there is so much happening on the topic that at times it is hard to keep up. Like the fact that today, Senator Lindsey Graham is holding a hearing on medical cannabis or that national polls show support for medical cannabis at 89% (81% for Republicans). Putting this article together gave me an opportunity step back and observe the landscape that medical cannabis policy has created. The work of medical cannabis advocates and brave legislators is truly saving lives. Positive outcomes from medical cannabis policies are driving more states to create and improve programs. With more than 300 million Americans living in the 42 states, along with D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico, where some kind of medical cannabis law has been passed, there is a ...
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Monsanto, Bayer and the Push for Corporate Cannabis 8.7.2016 Truthout.com
The health benefits of cannabis are now well established. Powerful corporate interests no doubt had a hand in keeping cannabis off the market. The question now is why they have suddenly gotten on the bandwagon for its legalization. (Photo: Adria Vidal ) California's "Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year. The health benefits of cannabis are now well established.  As I analyzed previously , cannabis is a cheap, natural alternative effective for a broad range of conditions, and the non-psychoactive form known as hemp has thousands of industrial uses. At one time, cannabis was one of the world's most important crops. There have been  no recorded deaths from ...
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Democrats Dig In For Last Stand On Heroin Funding Fight 6.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As Senate Republicans prepare to push through a comprehensive bill aimed at combating the heroin epidemic, Democrats are girding for a final stand, warning that if the bill goes through in its current form, the last chance to sufficiently fund the effort will be gone. The concerns over cost threaten to derail a three-year effort, which is stumbling toward the finish line under the shadow of election-year politics. For Democrats, the political calculus is simple: Enacting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is perhaps the highest campaign priority of Senate Republicans, thanks to the boost it would give vulnerable incumbents like Rob Portman in Ohio and Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire. Surely, Democrats reason, Republicans can cough up a billion dollars to walk away with the win. Republicans, meanwhile, warn that a billion-dollar opioid bill wouldn't make it through both chambers of Congress. They argue that Democrats would be foolish to lose the progress made in the current bill, the ...
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Climate Change This Week: Fossil Fuels Are Costing the US & World, Raising Royalties, and More! 6.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Brown to Green: fossil fuels to clean energy is the future. OO The World Is Nearing Peak Fossil Fuels (Especially The Developed World) - and not because of decreasing supplies, says a new Bloomberg analysis. Takeaways: Fossil fuels will peak by 2025 as clean energy becomes cheaper; Solar will be the least expensive form of electricity by 2030; by 2040, zero-emission forms of power will represent 60% of the global mix. For our children's sake, let's hope this happens faster. Michael Bloomberg Blooms Again as co-chairman of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. OO Cities Forge World's Largest Alliance To Curb Climate Change - Takeaways: named the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy; represents 7100+ cities in 119 countries on 6 contients, and 8 % of the world's population. Earth's cities consume 70% of the world's energy, and produce 75 % of our climate-changing emissions. Time to roll up your sleeves, mayors.... OO EU Smashes 2020 Emissions Target Six Years Early OO 72% of ...
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