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Marijuana may be helping to overcome painkiller abuse in America

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

It’s yet another feather in the cap of those who champion legalizing pot in the US.

 

 

In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (paywall), researchers observed that in US states with medical marijuana dispensaries, the number of admissions to rehabilitation facilities for pain medication and opioid overdoses has decreased by 15% and 16% respectively.

 

 

Other studies have looked at the relationship between legal marijuana use and opioid overdose, but this is the first study to track addiction to opioids as well.

 

 

Researchers examined the number of patients admitted to treatment centers in the US for painkiller addiction from 1992 to 2013; opioid-related deaths from 1999 to 2013; and the amount of prescription opioids legally sold to each US state from 2000 to 2011. They found that in states that maintain medical marijuana dispensaries, opioid painkillers are being prescribed at a similar rate to those state without marijuana dispensaries.

Read More:http://qz.com/452209/marijuana-may-be-helping-to-overcome-painkiller-abuse-in-america/


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Obama Commutes Sentences For 14 People Serving Life In Prison For Drug Offenses

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

barack obama marijuanaToday, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people incarcerated in federal prison. This follows the commutation of eight people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses in December of 2014, and 22 in March 2015. Fourteen of the people who received commutations today were serving life in prison for nonviolent drug offenses.

In taking this step, the President has now issued nearly 90 commutations, the vast majority of them to non-violent offenders sentenced for drug law violations under draconian sentencing laws. President Obama has been under significant public pressure from advocacy groups and family members of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses who are serving long, mandatory minimum sentences.

“We can’t end mass incarceration until we end the drug war. The President’s actions today are welcome, but we need much more action,” said Michael Collins, policy manager at DPA’s office of national affairs. “The public overwhelmingly supports ending the drug war and letting states decide their own drug policies. It’s long past time to rectify the US’s embarrassing record on mass incarceration.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/obama-commutes-sentences-for-14-people-serving-life-in-prison-for-drug-offenses/


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DEA Monitoring Internet Activity in Colombia, Is the U.S. Next?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

Dope-sniffing agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are reportedly spying on all of the Internet activity in Colombia, according to a leaked email transmission regarding the federal agency’s surveillance tactics inside the South American country.

Last Monday, an email sent by Eduardo Pardo, who works as a Field Application Engineer for Hacking Team, began spreading on Twitter indicating that the DEA has purchased software that essentially gives them the power to Big Brother home computers and smartphones – not just in Colombia, but potentially in the United States. 

Hacking Team is a Milan-based tech company that provides law enforcement and intelligence agencies all over the world with highly advanced spy ware. The company, while having made proclamations to not sell to nations boycotted by the U.S and NATO, is suspected of doing business with questionable regimes from Sudan to Egypt.

An article published earlier this week in Forbes reveals that since the company has expanded its offices to Maryland, the DEA and FBI has been working more frequently with the company “as they seek to break common encryption across mobiles and desktops.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-monitoring-internet-activity-colombia-us-next


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Dab Art.

Category: Concentrates | Posted on Sun, July, 12th 2015 by THCFinder


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