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Congress Votes to Make Drug Addiction a Health Issue

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

While it has been an uphill battle convincing federal lawmakers that drug addiction should be considered a health issue rather than a problem dealt with at the hands of law enforcement, congressional forces have finally approved a measure intended to change the way the U.S. handles people strung out on heroin and prescription painkillers.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives put its final approval on a bill called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a measure that will allow more low-level drug offenders to be entered into diversion programs rather than get jammed up in the criminal justice system. It also provides for the advancement of a variety of other important programs aimed at reducing opioid abuse and overdose deaths.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/politics/congress-votes-to-make-drug-addiction-a-health-issue/


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Whatever’s in Synthetic Marijuana, It’s the Opposite of Chill

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

YESTERDAY IN BROOKLYN, 33 people from a single neighborhood wound up in the hospital after smoking synthetic marijuana. Those afflicted could barely hold themselves up. Some were outright sprawled across the pavement. Bystanders said it looked like a zombie flick. Cops and newspapers called the culprit K2.

Maybe the people using it used the same slang, but then again, maybe not. Spice, Scooby Snax, Black Mamba, Bliss. Not that it matters. Synthetic marijuana is a catch-all term for a huge variety of chemicals engineered to mimic weed. Problem is, these chemicals are way too good at their job. Another problem: The people using them usually have no idea what they’re actually smoking, so figuring out the right dose can be difficult—and dangerous.

Read More:http://www.wired.com/2016/07/whatevers-synthetic-marijuana-opposite-chill/


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U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing Today on Researching Marijuana’s Potential Medical Benefits and Risks

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on “Researching the Potential Medical Benefits and Risks of Marijuana.” 

Testimony will be heard from Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), who are original co-sponsors of medical marijuana legislation introduced last year in the Senate known as the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act. Other scheduled witnesses include officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among others. A full witness list is available at http://bit.ly/29AqfZf. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/u-s-senate-subcommittee-to-hold-hearing-today-on-researching-marijuanas-potential-medical-benefits-and-risks/


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One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption.

Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/13/one-striking-chart-shows-why-pharma-companies-are-fighting-legal-marijuana/


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NFL's Ricky Williams Says He Was Drug Tested "At Least 500 Times"

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former running back Ricky Williams says he went through "at least 500" drug tests during his 11-year NFL career.

The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas and first-round draft pick by New Orleans in '99 tells Sports Illustrated in a film to be released on SI.com on Wednesday that he "might have the world record for most times drug tested."

Williams, who also played for Miami and Baltimore, sat out the 2006 season while suspended by the league for violating the substance abuse policy.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/nfls-ricky-williams-says-he-was-drug-tested-least-500-times


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Washington Recreational Marijuna Sales passes $1 Billion

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

Well, Washington (and tourists and neighbors from border states), you’ve gone and consumed more than $1 billion worth of marijuana since the legal market began in July 2014.

So far, the great destruction of our society has not occurred … or if it is ongoing, it’s slow and sneaky. What has happened, however, is that more than $250 million has been generated in excise tax to the state.

And, the trend is grow, grow, grow: The highest total monthly sales figure was $86.7 million and that was in June. So, the growth in our nascent legal cannabis market continues its month-over-month increase.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-recreational-marijuna-sales-passes-1-billion/


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