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Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle 28.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Utah Medical Marijuana Bill Moving Forward 28.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts For Heroin Addicts 25.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to offer medications to opiate addicts. The state currently bars medication-assisted treatments for addicts in its drug courts. State judges order defendants off medications like Suboxone and methadone when placing them in their diversion programs. In early February, Michael Botticelli, the director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said that drug courts that receive federal money can no longer ban defendants from using treatments like Suboxone. The medication can eliminate cravings and, along with methadone, is seen by the medical establishment as the standard of care for opiate addicts. Although the vast majority of Kentucky’s drug courts do not receive federal funding, a state spokeswoman for the court system said they are currently reviewing their practices. “Kentucky drug court is evaluating the very recent news regarding federal ...
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Marijuana May Be The Least Dangerous Recreational Drug, Study Shows 25.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, tobacco and multiple other illicit substances, researchers say, and strict, legal regulation of cannabis might be a more reasonable approach than current prohibitions. Those are the findings of a new report published in Scientific Reports that compares the lethality of the recreational use of 10 common drugs, including marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, diazepam, amphetamine and methadone. Researchers found that marijuana has the lowest risk of mortality and is safer than the commonly used alcohol and tobacco as well as the rest of the drugs in the study. They determined the risk of mortality by comparing the lethal dose of each substance with a commonly used amount of each substance. The finding that marijuana has the lowest risk when compared with the other drugs is not surprising -- previous research had found that marijuana is a substantially safer recreational drug than other commonly used recreational drugs examined in this ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Jeb Bush Creates Job 21.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Whoever records those screaming voiceovers for local car dealerships should do one for the administration so America can know that THE PRESIDENT’S DAY HEALTH CARE SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!!! Jeb Bush hired one of the GOP's best smear guys, because Jeb is the adult in the room. And two bills were just introduced that would end federal prohibition of marijuana… or it least it *FEELS* like they were just introduced...whooooaaa. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, February 20th, 2015: LEGALIZE IT - These congressmen forgot to put "jobs" or "freedom" in their weed bill titles. Come on, guys. Matt Ferner: "Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending the U.S. government's decadeslong prohibition of the plant. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act's schedules, transfer oversight of ...
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Marijuana Charges Dropped Against Cancer Patient Who Faced Years In Prison 20.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The federal government has dropped all charges against a Washington medical marijuana patient who was recently diagnosed with late-stage cancer , in a high-profile case that involves the patient and his family growing medical cannabis at their home. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice dismissed multiple federal marijuana charges against 71-year-old Larry Harvey because of his deteriorating health brought on by stage 4 cancer of the pancreas , which has begun to spread to his liver. But Harvey's reprieve remains bittersweet. His family members, who were charged along with him, still collectively face the possibility of decades in prison. "I'm thankful the charges against me have been dropped so that I can focus on my battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer," Harvey said in a statement. "However, if the Department of Justice truly has concerns for my well being, it will dismiss the case against my entire family. I thought the law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama was ...
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Transplanting Marijuana: Myth to Mainstream America 18.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
• use leads to unproductive lifestyles? • a pathway to moral decay? Too often these and other questions are answered in absence of real evidence or clear facts. Today, we have actual experience with two states (Colorado and Washington) that have fully legalized adult use of marijuana for over a year. Let's consider a "big picture" view of the journey towards marijuana legalization. We need to honor the complexity of the legalization question. Let's examine marijuana legalization through the standard "hot button" lens of health, crime and morality. Let's also broaden the conversation to include social justice, jobs and state revenue. Uni-dimensional views can be replaced with thoughtful dialogue that considers the many dimensions of legalization. Let's re-imagine our laws having a healthier, more productive relationship with this plant. Thoughtful, inclusive conversations can lead to well-informed laws. What will a future marijuana industry look like in my home state of Pennsylvania? I enter ...
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Members Of Congress Stand Up For California Medical Marijuana Dispensary 18.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Three congressional lawmakers from California are accusing the U.S. Department of Justice of overreach in an ongoing crackdown against Harborside Health Center, widely considered to be the largest and one of the most well-respected medical marijuana dispensaries in the nation. "We believe DOJ has overstepped its bounds in the Harborside case," Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R), Sam Farr (D) and Barbara Lee (D) wrote in a letter last week about U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag's effort to shut down the Oakland, California-based Harborside. "We believe DOJ is not acting within the spirit or the letter of the law nor in the best interests of the people who depend on Harborside for reliable, safe medical marijuana." The letter notes that public acceptance of medical marijuana has grown nationally, even as federal policy on the substance "stagnates." To highlight his support, Rohrabacher posed with Harborside's co-founder and executive director, Steve DeAngelo, at the dispensary: Twenty-three states so far have legalized ...
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New Drug Czar Is Better Than Predecessors 18.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The drug czar's office has long functioned as a cheerleader for punitive drug policies. As someone who has been engaged in drug policy reform efforts most of my adult life, I can easily recall the forcefulness with which former drug czars like John Walters and Gen. Barry McCaffrey advocated in defense of zero tolerance policies without any regard to the scientific rationale for these policies or the destructive impact they have on individuals and communities. However, under the Obama administration, the drug czar's office has made a notable shift in rhetoric and tone. Last week, U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama's nomination of Michael Botticelli to become the next director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a position informally known as "drug czar." Since joining ONDCP in 2012, Botticelli has served as ONDCP's acting director and its deputy director. Before joining ONDCP, Botticelli spent nearly two decades overseeing substance misuse programs at the Massachusetts ...
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Expert advice for building the city of the future 16.2.2015 TreeHugger
Alex Bozikovic asks international experts what advice they would give urban mayors today.
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Drug Overdose Is a National Crisis: It's Time to Act 14.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Unfolding before our eyes is a national public health crisis: fatal drug overdose has increased more than six-fold in the past three decades. Today, more Americans are dying of drug overdoses than traffic accidents , primarily from heroin and prescription pills like oxycodone and Vicodin. Every single day, 120 people die in the U.S. of a drug overdose. My son died at the age of 25 after battling the disease of addiction for nearly a decade. Today, there are more than 22 million Americans who are fighting drug addiction and millions more who are affected by seeing this disease tear down a loved one. The debilitating disease of addiction deserves attention from the highest levels of our government -- as well as action. And to its credit, the Obama Administration has taken note. Over the past few weeks, several developments have indicated profound support from President Obama's administration to tackle the escalating epidemic of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. While the increased federal attention is new, ...
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'I'm Facing Years In Prison For Medical Marijuana -- For Me, That's A Death Sentence' 13.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Larry Harvey, 71, thought he was doing everything right growing medical marijuana for his personal use. His home state of Washington legalized medical cannabis in 1998, and Harvey says his cultivation of plants with his wife, other family members and a close friend complied with the law. But in 2012, state and federal law enforcers raided the Harvey home and shut down their operation . Harvey; his wife, Rhonda; their son, Rolland Gregg; Gregg's wife, Michelle Gregg; and family friend Jason Zucker all face federal marijuana charges that could land them in prison for 10 years. But Harvey may not live long enough to see prison, let alone serve out his sentence. In recent months Harvey has developed cancer of the pancreas that has begun to spread to his liver. The average life expectancy for a patient with metastatic pancreatic cancer is three months to six months . In the coming days, a federal judge will rule on a motion Harvey filed to dismiss his case because it conflicts with new medical marijuana ...
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Crime, Incarceration, and the Left 13.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Senate Confirms New Drug Czar Michael Botticelli 10.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as U.S. drug "czar" won unanimous approval in the Senate Monday as lawmakers vowed to curb an epidemic that results in more than 40,000 deaths a year from overdoses of prescription painkillers, heroin and other substances. Senators voted 92-0 to approve Michael Botticelli, who has served as acting drug czar since March. A former head of the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Botticelli has emphasized prevention and treatment and has been in recovery for more than 25 years. Botticelli, 57, of Malden, Mass., helped launch a program that expanded treatment and recovery opportunities at local community health centers and has also focused on prevention. He has spoken publicly about his struggle with alcohol abuse and 1988 arrest for drunken driving, which resulted in his being handcuffed to a hospital bed. "There are millions of Americans - including myself - who are in successful long-term recovery," Botticelli said in a statement ...
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Justice Department Budget Projects Some Asset Forfeiture Payments Will Rise Despite Reforms 6.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Attorney General Eric Holder last month announced reforms to asset forfeitures, the controversial government practice of seizing property associated with alleged illicit activity. But the new Justice Department budget released this week projects the changes will barely cut into federal seizures. While Holder's announcement was initially hailed as sweeping and historic, it will have little impact on the bottom line of police departments, which benefit by seizing cash and property. The Justice Department estimates payments shared with city and state police will actually increase to $500 million in the current fiscal year, which began in October, from $487 million in the previous fiscal year. The department projects these "equitable sharing" payments will fall to $476 million in fiscal 2016. That projected decrease is so paltry because Holder ended only one small part of the asset forfeiture program: federal "adoptions" of money and goods seized by local police. Police departments often offer to split 20 ...
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Dopeless Hope Fiend 4.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Most people celebrate their twenty-first birthday by drinking alcohol legally for the first time. For my twenty-first in 1993, I tried heroin for the first time. All it took was a small-scale, but measured, injection with the assistance of a friend. Only seconds later, both the rate and depth of my respiration sharply decreased. My breathing rate tumbled down to about to two-to-four breaths per minute. As my respiratory rate declined, my blood pressure began to drop; my body temp plummeted, and my skin became cold and clammy. Subsequently, I turned a cadaverous hue of bluish-grey. I had overdosed on heroin. If it hadn't been for the 911 call and Naloxone -equipped first responder, I would not be alive today. Eventually, I came to and was released from the hospital. While Naloxone saved my life, no treatment was offered for my addiction. Drug overdose is a major health care problem, while drug addiction is a mental, physical, spiritual, familial disease which is chronic, progressive and often fatal. At ...
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Justice Department Continues To Crack Down On Medical Marijuana In California 4.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Lawyers for U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag appeared in court Tuesday in an effort to shut down a medical marijuana collective in Oakland, California, despite federal guidance discouraging U.S. prosecutors from going after state-legal cannabis operations. "There was quite a bit of head-scratching," Tamar Todd, director of marijuana law and policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, told The Huffington Post of Tuesday's hearing, which she attended. "The Department of Justice has repeatedly said to back off these cases. Why pick this fight?" Haag first targeted Harborside Health Center, a $25-million-a-year business widely considered to be the nation's largest marijuana dispensary , in July 2012 on grounds that the facility had grown too big. Later that year, attorneys representing the city of Oakland sued to block Haag's actions, arguing that Harborside is an asset to the community and that closing it may create a public health crisis. The case is now being argued before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of ...
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In Surprise Move, Illinois Governor Issues Medical Marijuana Licenses 4.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Eighteen months after medical marijuana was legalized in Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday granted dozens of permits to select businesses to cultivate and sell the drug. Though medical marijuana patients will still be unable to access the drug for months, the permits come as unexpected good news after a series of frustrating delays getting the state's strict pilot program off the ground. Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn (D) failed to issue licenses as expected before leaving office in early January , and just last week, Rauner said he would hold back on issuing licenses until the completion of a legal review process that began under Quinn's watch. Rauner's administration didn't say how or why the legal review process was resolved so quickly, the Chicago Tribune reports. Part of the task left to Rauner's administration was to evaluate existing business applications to ensure the state wasn't opening itself up to legal liability over unclear procedures, according to Reuters. The Chicago Sun-Times ...
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Florida Republican Aims To Legalize Medical Marijuana 27.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A top Florida Republican filed a bill Monday that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, just months after a similar ballot measure received a majority of voter support , but fell just short of the percentage needed to pass. Florida state Sen. Jeff Brandes (R) filed The Florida Medical Marijuana Act , a bill that would allow licensed Florida physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to qualified patients in what would be a far-reaching expansion from the more limited "Charlotte's Web" medical marijuana law that Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed last year . The bill lists nine specific diseases for which patients could qualify for prescribed medical marijuana, including cancer, HIV, AIDS, epilepsy, ALS disease (commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease), multiple sclerosis and any medical condition that causes chronic wasting syndrome, pain or severe nausea. Medical marijuana appears to be very popular among state voters. A survey from 2014 found that almost 90 percent of voters supported the legal ...
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A View of Healthcare from Room K 631 23.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hours before Christmas, at exactly 7:00am on December 24th, I was heading to the Emergency Room at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Montefiore is one of the largest hospitals and medical teaching institutions in the country and closely associated with the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine - a city within a city with a staff of over 20,000 and a hospital bed capacity of nearly 2,000. "Monte" also has additional facilities in New Rochelle and Mount Vernon in Westchester County, while its main facility continues to expand, setting up medical offices and growing like topsy throughout the Bronx, all run by its staff. These ever-expanding medical complexes are a disturbing new trend throughout our country and are adversely affecting private practice doctors and the communities they serve. In Monte's most recent and ongoing expansion is a proposed eleven story building in a residential part of the Bronx that would bring in 1,000 patients per day to a community already burdened with ...
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