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8-Year-Old's Death Prompts Medical Marijuana Rally Outside Andrew Cuomo's Office 20.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Patients, advocates and family members of sick children staged a rally outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office Friday to demand that the Democrat establish an emergency-access medical marijuana program for the state, one week after an 8-year-old from Niagara Falls died from brain cancer. "More than five months after Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that was meant to bring vital treatment to our family, my daughter Donella is dead," Nate Nocera, whose daughter died Dec. 12, said at the event. "Governor Cuomo, I know you cannot turn back time to get us the medical marijuana that could have slowed the aggressive growth of the tumor in her brain ... but you have the power to end the needless suffering of so many New York families." Cuomo signed New York's medical marijuana bill into law in July after months of deliberation and negotiations. But the legislation as written is among the strictest in the nation, and the measure won't be fully implemented until 2016 at the earliest. An early ...
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Declaring War on Heroin 18.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
In a handout photo, 53 pounds of herion, seized from a New York-based drug organization by the Drug Enforcement Administration. More heroin has already been seized by authorities here in 2014 than in any year since 1991, part of a well-documented nationwide rise in heroin use that has seen New York once again become a conduit for suppliers. (Photo: DEA via The New York Times) Even as officials eschew "drug war" language, many states' actions in response to the heroin panic have taken the same old tack. Overwhelming, well-publicized evidence that mandatory minimums do not reduce crime has apparently been cast aside in the swirl of the heroin scare. In a handout photo, 53 pounds of herion, seized from a New York-based drug organization by the Drug Enforcement Administration. More heroin has already been seized by authorities here in 2014 than in any year since 1991, part of a well-documented nationwide rise in heroin use that has seen New York once again become a conduit for suppliers. (Photo: DEA via The ...
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Teen Marijuana Use Declines As Country Moves Toward Marijuana Legalization 17.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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HUFFPOST HILL - We Tortured So, So Many Folks 10.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
James Gruber reminds us that you can't call Americans "stupid" unless it's on an internet comment board and preceded by the word "your." A member of Congress essentially accused Obamacare of killing her spouse, exhibiting the "Visceral hatred of center left political agendas" stage of the Kubler Ross grief model. And congressional negotiators' delays in announcing a bill to fund the government past Thursday reminded us of what a great man once said: "This sucker could go down." This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, December 9th, 2014: WHERE IS THE CROMNIBUS? - Politico's @JakeSherman has been on top of the missing legislation to prevent a government shutdown this week: "It is nearly 5:20 p.m., and the government shuts down in 54 hours. We have not seen the omnibus or CR that will keep govt open past Dec. 11…. Rs hoped to release spending bill at various points within last 48 hours, but here we are, just 2 days from govt shutdown & no bill… All that being said, GOP aides are still very, very, very confident ...
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On Drugs, Privacy, and Public Health: Lessons from Alaska 8.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Toronto is now home to world's first harm-reduction workers' union 6.12.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
New union takes an inclusive approach to organizing some of health care's most precarious workers. Toronto is home to the world's first ever harm-reduction workers' union: THRWU. On November 11, workers at South Riverdale and Central Toronto Community health centres told their employers that they had joined the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union (THRWU) and demanded recognition. With 50 members and counting, the union represents a wide range of professions including HIV/AIDS workers, workers involved in the distribution of safe usage tools, overdose prevention workers, peer workers, Hepatitis C workers, and nurses -- to name only a few. While some THRWU members work in paid positions, others work as volunteers or are ...
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The Netherlands Fights Drug Scare With Information, Not Panic 3.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A spate of deaths attributed to dangerous drugs in Amsterdam has prompted a major effort by Dutch authorities to prevent further tragedy. But rather than cracking down on the people buying the drugs, the Netherlands is focusing on keeping drug users safe and tracking down the dodgy dealer. Three British tourists have died in Amsterdam in recent months after snorting heroin they may have believed to be cocaine, according to Dutch police . More than a dozen other tourists have fallen sick, apparently after using the same drug. Police believe that a single drug dealer is responsible. They suspect the dealer doesn't realize he is selling heroin , which is much more expensive than cocaine, a spokesman for the force told the BBC. White heroin, which is less common than brown heroin, looks like cocaine but can cause respiratory failure when snorted. Dutch authorities are offering a reward of 15,000 euros ($18,500) for information about the dealer, who they believe may be targeting tourists. At the same time, ...
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Texas Excited About Drug Policy Reform 3.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It's been a long time coming, but finally some of the national interest and enthusiasm for drug policy reform is beginning to trickle down to Texas. As lawmakers prepare for the 84th Legislature, bills focused on drug policy are among those already pre-filed and more will surely come. A clear majority (57 percent) of Texans favor a change in marijuana laws. Two national organizations, Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Policy Project, will invest resources in the state. And Rep. Tan Parker, chair of the House Corrections Committee, has stated that he will support a medical marijuana bill. For Mothers Against Teen Violence, drug policy is broader than marijuana laws. We promote a public health approach to drug use and abuse. In fact, harm reduction -- reducing the harms caused by drug use and ineffective drug laws -- is the lynchpin of our advocacy. Throughout 2014, MATV held quarterly meetings in Austin to connect and strategize with other reform-minded organizations. During the 84th Legislature, MATV ...
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Marion Barry, 4-Term D.C. Mayor, Dead At 78 23.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washington hotel room and the grainy video that showed him lighting a crack pipe in the company of a much-younger woman. When FBI agents burst in, he referred to her with an expletive. She "set me up," Barry said. Barry died Sunday at 78. His family said in statement that Barry died shortly after midnight Saturday at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital the previous day. The year was 1990, and crack cocaine had exploded in the district, turning it into the nation's murder capital. In his third term, the man known as the "Mayor for Life" became a symbol of a foundering city. Federal ...
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U.S. House Bill Introduced to Overturn Ban on Veterans Affairs Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana 21.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Marijuana Drastically Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer, New Study Finds 19.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others. Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors. In a paper published Friday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, a team of researchers from St. George's University of London outlined the "dramatic reductions" they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group. "We've shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults," Dr. Wai Liu, one of the study's lead authors, wrote in an op-ed earlier this week. "The results are promising...it could provide a way of breaking through glioma ...
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Colorado Authorities Still Want Review Of Marijuana Edibles And Drinks 17.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — Saying they're still worried that edible pot sweets are too attractive to kids, Colorado health authorities plan to ask Monday for a new panel to decide which marijuana foods and drinks look too much like regular snacks. A Health Department recommendation, obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a final meeting Monday on edible marijuana regulations, suggests a new state commission to give "pre-market approval" before food or drinks containing pot can be sold. The recommendation comes a month after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment suggested banning the sale of most kinds of edible pot. That suggestion was quickly retracted after it went public. Marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been a booming sector in Colorado's new recreational marijuana market. But lawmakers feared the products are too easy to confuse with regular foods and drinks and ordered marijuana regulators to require a new look for marijuana edibles. The new Health Department suggestion calls ...
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Colorado Is Using Revenue From Pot Sales To Hire More School Nurses 15.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana could actually help improve the health of local students. The state awarded nearly a million dollars' worth of grants to schools throughout the state this week , reports The Denver Post. The grant money will be used by schools to hire health professionals such as nurses, psychologists and counselors and it's composed of funds from marijuana tax revenue. The more than $975,000 of grants handed out this week is part of a larger fund of $2.5 million created by the state legislature for schools to hire health professionals, says the outlet. The window for schools to apply for the rest of the funds closed last week. Overall, a great deal of tax revenue generated by marijuana sales will help public schools in the state. In August, Education Week reported that more than $1 million of pot revenue is being used to help schools fund construction projects . With the implementation of the law, the effect that marijuana legalization has on teenage drug use has been debated . ...
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What We Really Know About Psychedelic Mushrooms 14.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For centuries, "magic" mushrooms have been both celebrated and reviled for their mind-expanding properties. Research and popular use of psychedelic drugs like mushrooms and LSD surged in the 1960s, when the substances first entered the American cultural consciousness on a large scale, and came to define '60s counterculture. At this time, thousands of studies were conducted to determine the properties and potential therapeutic applications of the drugs. But in 1970, the Controlled Substances Act brought an end to this era of science-based open-mindedness, and greatly limited drug research for the next four decades. Today, research on psychedelic drugs is experiencing a renaissance of sorts . A growing body of scientific studies from major universities and medical centers suggests that the substances may hold promise as therapeutic interventions for a number of mental health conditions. 'Shrooms are known to trigger hallucinations, feelings of euphoria, perceptual distortions, inability to distinguish ...
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Ending New York City's Low-Level Marijuana Arrests Doesn't Fix The Problem 11.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to arrest fewer people for marijuana possession drew cautious optimism from elected officials and advocates on Monday, but they said they feared black and Latino men will continue to be disproportionately affected by marijuana laws. De Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton Monday announced that starting Nov. 19, those found in public possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana will be issued a court summons instead of being arrested on a misdemeanor charge. “This new policy will reduce unnecessary arrests for minor marijuana possession and put an end to an era where many of young New Yorkers were being arrested and saddled with criminal records for minor violations,” de Blasio said in a statement. De Blasio said the change would direct police resources “towards more serious crime” and not waste “officer time processing unnecessary arrests.” There are, however, some caveats. Anyone caught with “burning” marijuana (smoking a joint) in public will still be ...
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Democrats Actually Gained Women's Support Since Last Midterm Election 7.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After Republicans swept the midterm elections on Tuesday, conservatives triumphantly declared the death of Democrats' strategy to appeal to women voters , pointing to the fact that Democrats appear to have lost ground among women voters between 2012 and 2014. "The bottom has fallen out of the abortion-centered ‘war on women’ strategy," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. "Why is that? Women just don’t agree with the shrinking ranks of the feminist left like EMILY’s List and NARAL that unlimited abortion is the great liberator for women." But women's rights groups have come to the opposite conclusion. Democrats usually do not fare as well in midterm election years as they do in presidential election years due to a significant decrease in voter turnout among single women and young and minority voters. But comparing 2014 to the last midterm election in 2010 -- a more "apples to apples" comparison -- Democrats have actually gained 6 points with women ...
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Obama Pledges To Protect Health Care Law From Republican Assaults 6.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama vowed to protect the core elements of his health care reform law after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) pledged to attack it anew next year, in light of big Republican gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Republicans will take control of the Senate in January, adding it to the majority they have had in the House since 2011 -- during which time they voted in more than 50 instances to kill Obamacare. The party's opposition to Obamacare is virtually unanimous. In remarks at a White House press conference Wednesday, Obama expressed openness to small changes to the Affordable Care Act, but pre-emptively rejected any Republican proposals that would undermine the law, which remade the health insurance market and has extended health coverage to millions of previously uninsured people . "On health care, there are certainly some lines I'm going to draw," Obama said. "Repeal of the law I won't sign. Efforts that would take away health care from the 10 million ...
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5 New GOP Governors Could Undercut Medicaid Expansion 6.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Republican wave at the polls Tuesday didn't just give the GOP more power to obstruct Obamacare in Congress and block Medicaid expansion in more than 20 states. It also could jeopardize health benefits already extended to Americans living near the poverty level. Republican governors will replace Democrats in four states -- Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts -- that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. And the Republican succeeding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is dubious about that state's expansion. Heading into Election Day, advocates for more Medicaid were hopeful that Democrats would win gubernatorial races in Florida, Maine, Wisconsin and other states where Republican governors have blocked the policy, leaving millions uninsured . Instead, the only place where the tide could turn in favor of Medicaid expansion, which the Supreme Court made optional for the states in 2012, is Alaska. The race there remains undecided between independent Bill Walker, who supports the ...
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Stigma and Big Pharma: Why Are States Denying People Who Use Illicit Drugs or Alcohol Life-saving Medical Treatment? 4.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine learning that your terminal illness could be cured only to be told that you were going to denied access to the medication that could save you. This is precisely the situation facing thousands of people living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Gilead, the maker of Sovaldi, a medication that has shown promise in treating HCV, has come under a lot of fire for the high cost of their product. A course of treatment with Sovaldi costs around $84,000 but is estimated to be up 90 percent effective in suppressing HCV , a notoriously hard-to-treat disease. Since HCV affects an estimated 3.2 million Americans , insurers -- both public and private -- are struggling with how to cover treatment costs. Some insurers have turned to rationing policies, including denying access to people who use illicit drugs or who have alcohol problems. Preliminary findings from researchers at Harvard and Brown analyzing states' Medicaid programs found 30 states have restricted access to Sovaldi for people with alcohol or ...
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California Raids Destroy Sick Kids' Medical Marijuana Supply 4.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A spate of recent raids in California has destroyed an abundance of medical marijuana plants intended to treat children with debilitating seizure disorders. Two weeks ago, a local narcotics task force raided a collective in the San Diego area, and similar agencies destroyed private farms farther north, in Mendocino and Modesto, in August. All the individuals targeted maintain they were operating within the confines of state law, and each was cultivating a supply that would be turned into medicine for children. "It's devastating," Joe, a Modesto-area resident whose 18-month-old son, Joey, suffers from a chronic condition that can lead to more than a hundred seizures per day, told The Huffington Post. "This has saved my son's life. Now what are we supposed to do?" Joe, who wouldn't give his full name for fear of further prosecution from the county, says Joey has been seizure-free since he began taking cannabis oil two months ago. His supplier, Steve Boski, had also been growing medical marijuana for HIV ...
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