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Tears of joy at opening of Bucks County medical marijuana dispensary 17.2.2018 Philly.com News
TerraVida Holistic Center in Sellersville was one of two medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the Philadelphia region Saturday. The other was CY + Medical in Devon.
Buyers guide to Pennsylvania medical marijuana products 17.2.2018 Philly.com News
The first Pa. dispensaries, six of which opened this week, aren't selling anything that looks like it was derived from a plant. There are no flower and no shake. There is nothing that you can put in a pipe and smoke - let alone roll-up into a spliff and fire up. Here's what you'll find.
Pa. Supreme Court to consider if drug abuse during pregnancy is a crime 14.2.2018 Philly.com News
For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been asked to take up an issue that has torn American law and politics for three decades: whether illegal drug use during pregnancy can be punished as child abuse.
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The Health 202: Planned Parenthood goes on the offensive 14.2.2018 Washington Post
The Health 202: Planned Parenthood goes on the offensive
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Cost of U.S. opioid epidemic since 2001 is $1 trillion and climbing 13.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Economists tracking federal mortality data say the growth in costs of the opioid crisis doubled from 2001 to 2016. Opioids are undercutting productivity of people in prime working years -- 30s and 40s.
At the heart of Canada’s fentanyl crisis, extreme efforts that U.S. cities may follow 12.2.2018 Washington Post
At the heart of Canada’s fentanyl crisis, extreme efforts that U.S. cities may follow
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Amid overdose epidemic, Pennsylvania isn't tracking the drugs killing people 10.2.2018 Philly.com News
Nearly half of Pennsylvania death certificates for fatal overdoses have a gaping omission - the drugs involved. Only Louisiana has a worse record. Among the Pennsylvania counties with available data, Philadelphia ranks last. It specified which drugs led to overdose deaths on just 7 percent of 746 death certificates in 2016, according to the most recent CDC data.
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This extract is driving a hemp gold rush. But is it legal? 6.2.2018 Philly.com News
The 1970 Controlled Substances Act says only certain parts of the cannabis plant can be legally sold as hemp. That definition excludes the cannabis flowers, which are usually harvested for CBD.
Maryland Del. Dan Morhaim to retire from the General Assembly after 24 years 6.2.2018 Washington Post
Maryland Del. Dan Morhaim to retire from the General Assembly after 24 years
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Methadone clinics in Colorado have doubled in three years, but the state is still short on treatment options 4.2.2018 Denver Post: Local
The doors to the methadone clinic on the campus of Denver Health open before dawn, and the line stretches down one side of the clinic hallway and back up the other. One at a time, patients swig a cup of methadone passed through an opening from the other side of a protective window. The need, however, far outstrips the ability of Denver Health and others to provide treatment in Colorado.
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Many doctors are wary of medical marijuana. And Jeff Sessions hasn’t helped. 3.2.2018 Washington Post
Many doctors are wary of medical marijuana. And Jeff Sessions hasn’t helped.
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How can I supervise heroin injections and live with myself? A Philly nurse on safe injection sites | Perspective 3.2.2018 Philly.com News
Nurses must consider the code of ethics by which they are bound and the dilemma posed by the desire to do both - ensure their patient's best interest while preserving their own professional integrity.
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Bill allowing cannabis oil for medical patients gains traction in Virginia 1.2.2018 Washington Post
Bill allowing cannabis oil for medical patients gains traction in Virginia
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Could prescription heroin be the next step in treating addiction? |  Opinion 31.1.2018 Philly.com News
The idea of providing individuals who use substances with a safe space to use them might sound radical, but globally, the United States is behind the curve of evidence-based addiction solutions. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 after nearly one percent of its population was addicted to heroin, and now annually, they lose only 5.8 per one-million adult citizens to overdose, compared to America's nearly 200. Several other countries, including Canada, Switzerland, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands, provide a prescription for medical-grade heroin to individuals for whom other treatments have failed.
Fact Check: Trump Has Done Virtually Nothing to Combat the Opioid Epidemic 31.1.2018 Mother Jones
President Donald Trump promised during his State of the Union address Tuesday night to prevail in the battle against the opioid epidemic, pledging to be “much tougher on drug dealers and pushers” and help “get treatment for those in need.” Trump has long vowed to prioritize the epidemic, which killed 64,000 Americans in 2016, promising to “spend […]
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Dennis Peron, activist who helped legalize medical marijuana in California, dies at 72 31.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Dennis Peron, an activist who was among the first people to argue for the benefits of marijuana for AIDS patients and helped legalize medical pot in California, has died in San Francisco.

Peron, who died Saturday at an area hospital, was 72. His death was announced on his official Facebook page...

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Dennis Peron, activist who helped legalize medical pot in California, dies at 72 31.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Pitt study: Kids with ADHD at greater risk for smoking, substance use 29.1.2018 Philly.com News
The young ADHD substance users also showed higher rates of cigarette and marijuana smoking, study found.
Dennis Peron, a California activist and ‘father of medical marijuana,’ died at 72 29.1.2018 Washington Post
Dennis Peron, a California activist and ‘father of medical marijuana,’ died at 72
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Philadelphia's safe injection site plans spark questions 28.1.2018 AP National
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia wants to establish safe havens where people can inject drugs, an effort to combat skyrocketing opioid overdoses in the city....
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