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Government report: Antipsychotics are overprescribed for older adults with … – The Week Magazine

If Utah passes a medical marijuana bill, a DEA agent warns, more than just the patients might get stoned. During testimony to a Utah Senate panel last week, DEA special agent Matt Fairbanks said that wildlife could “cultivate a taste” for the plant, The Washington Post reports. “I deal in facts,” said Fairbanks, a memberContinue Reading

Rabbits Used In Debate About Marijuana Legalization In Utah – SmallAnimalChannel.com

Rabbits Used In Debate About Marijuana Legalization In Utah – SmallAnimalChannel.com

Posted: March 2, 2015, 6:20 p.m. EST

News guide: What to know about legal marijuana in US capital – U-T San Diego

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pot is legal in the District of Columbia. Here’s what sets the city apart from states that have legalized: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Nearly two-thirds of District voters approved a November ballot initiative legalizing pot for recreational purposes. Congress tried to block it by inserting language in a subsequent spending bill, butContinue Reading

Pot rules: States differ on regulating marijuana use – USA TODAY

Pot rules: States differ on regulating marijuana use – USA TODAY

In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Peter Lomonaco, co-founder of the Alaska Cannabis Club, and CEO Charlo Greene share a joint at their medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska.(Photo: Mark Thiessen, AP) The District of Columbia has joined an exclusive American club: Residents in the nation’s capitol can now legally grow and consume recreational marijuanaContinue Reading

Morning Break: Top Hospitals, Little Hope for Hand Implants

After his wife left him for a doctor, right before their 50th anniversary, a 73-year-old man was hospitalized after chopping off his penis and throwing it in the river. He told medics that he had “decided to get rid of his manhood.” Healthgrades has released its annual “top hospitals” list, based on Medicare data forContinue Reading

Jamaica passes act decriminalizing small amounts of pot – Post-Bulletin

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Jamaica passes act decriminalizing small amounts of potPost-BulletinKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica lawmakers have passed an act to decriminalize small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island. The drug has long been culturally entrenched but … and more Via:Continue Reading

Jamaica passes act decriminalizing small amounts of pot – Bryan-College Station Eagle

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica lawmakers have passed an act to decriminalize small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island. The drug has long been culturally entrenched but illegal in the Caribbean nation. Legislators in the lower House on Tuesday gave final passage toContinue Reading

Jamaica passes act decriminalizing small amounts of pot – Chron.com

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican lawmakers on Tuesday night passed an act to decriminalize small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the Caribbean island. After several hours of debate, legislators in the lower House on Tuesday gave final passage to drug law amendments that makeContinue Reading

Jamaica passes act decriminalizing small amounts of pot – Washington Post

FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2014 file photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a “reasoning” session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaica lawmakers on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, passed an act to decriminalize small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulateContinue Reading

Morning Break: Female Anatomy Lesson; ‘Pumping Parties’

“Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.” An Idaho lawmaker gets a lesson in female anatomy. The “Michelangelo of buttocks injections” is on trial for murder, exposing a bizarre world of clandestine, unlicensed surgery. Eight prominent physician groups and the American Bar Association called for newContinue Reading

Georgia House panel advances medical marijuana bill – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia House panel advances medical marijuana bill – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Access to myAJC included for AJC subscribers Explore A key House panel on Monday unanimously passed legislation legalizing the possession of medical marijuana. Sponsored by Republican state Rep. Allen Peake of Macon, House Bill 1 says people may legally possess up to 20 ounces of it and that not more than 5 percent may consistContinue Reading

Pot fight sees GOP shift – The News-Press

Pot fight sees GOP shift – The News-Press

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press 7:24 a.m. EST February 23, 2015 Ben Pollara, executive director of United for Care, campaigns for medical marijuana in an Oct. 8 rally. Pollara says lawmakers shouldn’t be “dictating the best way for the patient to take their medication.”(Photo: AP file) WEST PALM BEACH – Republicans lawmakers in Florida who onceContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana Debate Continues in Florida – Daily Science Journal

Medical Marijuana Debate Continues in Florida – Daily Science Journal

Medical marijuana has always been a topic of debate in the state of Florida. Previously Republicans lawmakers in Florida were against medical pot but now they are embracing it. Last year a law was passed by the lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature for allowing low-potency strains of marijuana which prove to be helpful for aContinue Reading

In a Twist, Fight for Medical Pot Goes to Florida Statehouse – WTXL ABC 27

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The push to more broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida is going before state lawmakers. Republicans who were once opposed medical pot are now embracing it. They are motivated by the strong show of support voters gave it in November. A constitutional amendment received about 58 percent of theContinue Reading

Critics complain Florida Legislature should not dictate who gets relief from … – Bradenton Herald

Critics complain Florida Legislature should not dictate who gets relief from … – Bradenton Herald

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Bradenton Herald Critics complain Florida Legislature should not dictate who gets relief from …Bradenton HeraldCathy Jordan inhales deeply as her husband, Robert, holds a marijuana cigarette for her. The Jordans are behind a petition to legalize medical marijuana for people like Cathy, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS,Continue Reading

In a twist, fight for medical marijuana goes to Florida Statehouse – Tribune-Review

WEST PALM BEACH — Republican lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by a strong show of support from voters and worried that a constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allowContinue Reading

In a twist, fight for medical pot goes to Florida Statehouse – U-T San Diego

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The push to more broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida is going before state lawmakers. Republicans who were once opposed medical pot are now embracing it. They are motivated by the strong show of support voters gave it in November. A constitutional amendment received about 58 percent of theContinue Reading

In a twist, fight for medical marijuana goes to Florida Statehouse – WWSB ABC 7

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The push to more broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida is going before state lawmakers. Republicans who were once opposed to medical marijuana are now embracing it. They are motivated by the strong show of support voters gave it in November. A constitutional amendment received about 58 percent ofContinue Reading

In a Twist, Fight for Medical Marijuana Goes to Fla. Legislature – NBC 6 South Florida

Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuanaContinue Reading

Fight for Medical Marijuana Goes to Fla. Legislature – NBC 6 South Florida

Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuanaContinue Reading

In a twist, fight for medical pot goes to Florida Statehouse – Journal Review

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a lawContinue Reading

In a twist, fight for medical pot goes to Florida Statehouse – Bismarck Tribune

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a lawContinue Reading

In A Twist, Fight For Medical Pot Goes To Florida Statehouse – CBS Local

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — The topic of medical marijuana continues to be a major talking point in the state of Florida. Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendmentContinue Reading

In a twist, fight for medical pot goes to Florida Statehouse – Beatrice Daily Sun

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a lawContinue Reading

In a Twist, Fight for Medical Pot Goes to Florida Statehouse – ABC News

In a Twist, Fight for Medical Pot Goes to Florida Statehouse – ABC News

Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuanaContinue Reading

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Workers Unionize – CBS Local

CBS Minnesota (con’t) Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSMinnesota.com/ACA Health News & Information: CBSMinnesota.com/Health MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Workers in Minnesota’s new medical marijuana industry now have a union. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union says it has organized employees at Minnesota Medical Solutions, in Ostego, the first facility expected to be open for production. TheContinue Reading

Minnesota’s new medical marijuana industry now has a union – La Crosse Tribune

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s new medical marijuana industry now has a union. The United Food and Commercial Workers says it has organized one of the state’s two medical cannabis production facilities. Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1EzeIAF ) the union represents a handful of employees at Minnesota Medical Solutions, in Otsego, the first facilityContinue Reading

More Than a Woman: Transcending Gender and HIV – Huffington Post

More Than a Woman: Transcending Gender and HIV – Huffington Post

It was several years ago when I had my first experience with a friend coming out to me as transgender. I hadn’t seen her for many years, but I was happy for her transition from the young man I had known to her new self. For decades I’ve tried to be a trans ally. ForContinue Reading

Why does pot give you the munchies? Blame your brain – Los Angeles Times

Why does smoking marijuana give people the munchies? Yale University researchers got dozens of lab mice stoned in order to find out. Previous scientific studies (and anecdotal evidence) show that when people and animals are exposed to the active ingredients in marijuana they are driven to eat long after they should feel full. “Everyone knowsContinue Reading

Uruguay: Medical Marijuana May Cost More Than Recreational Pot – NBCNews.com

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — As this country’s remarkable legal marijuana experiment continues to unfold, an unexpected detail has emerged: It could cost more for cancer patients to buy weed for pain relief than for plain old stoners getting high just for fun. Citing Uruguay’s drug czar Julio Calzada, El Observador newspaper reported on Feb. 6 thatContinue Reading

Many States Mulling Medical Marijuana Bills

Many States Mulling Medical Marijuana Bills

By Bara VaidaWebMD Health News Feb. 12, 2015 — This year, more than a dozen states are expected to consider proposed laws to legalize or expand access to medical marijuana. Bills introduced in 10 states aim to permit some form of legal medical pot for the first time. In six states, law-makers are expected toContinue Reading

State’s pot tax tally offers lessons – The Durango Herald

State’s pot tax tally offers lessons – The Durango Herald

Ed Andrieski/Associated Press file photo The Department of Revenue posted its first full year of pot tax data for 2014 on Tuesday. Colorado’s lessons about taxing legalized marijuana can be useful to other states looking to legalize use of the mind-altering plant. Ed Andrieski/Associated Press file photo The Department of Revenue posted its first fullContinue Reading

Colorado Brings in $44 Million In Taxes On First Year Of Marijuana Sales – Daily Caller

Colorado Brings in $44 Million In Taxes On First Year Of Marijuana Sales – Daily Caller

Business Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists has submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on the marijuana ordinance. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered votersContinue Reading

NeuroBreak: Creatine Flops in PD, Non-Futile Alzheimer Trial

Taking the amino acid creatine for at least 5 years failed to affect multiple measures of Parkinson’s disease progression, according to a final report in JAMA. The trial had previously been halted for futility. In Alzheimer’s disease drug development, this is what qualifies as good news: a pivotal trial was not halted for futility afterContinue Reading

Morning Break: Fatal Lice Therapy, Free Weed

A head lice treatment involving mayonnaise and a plastic bag went fatally wrong for a Massachusetts toddler. Geneticists aren’t only interested in human gut bugs; a team from Weill Cornell is creating a bacterial profile of the bowels of New York City’s public transportation system. A cautionary tale about fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT): A UtahContinue Reading

Morning Break: FDA Chief Said to be Quitting; Calif. May End Vax Refusals

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will step down, with an official announcement to come Friday, Reuters reported. California lawmakers seek to end the “personal belief” vaccine exemption. Ebola epidemic ebbing? Not so fast, WHO says — new cases rose in West Africa last week for the first time in 2015. It’s life in prison for RobertContinue Reading

Surgeon General Says Medical Marijuana “Can Be Helpful” & It’s A Big Freaking … – Bustle

Surgeon General Says Medical Marijuana “Can Be Helpful” & It’s A Big Freaking … – Bustle

Marijuana is on the march. With legalization measures passing by popular vote in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. — a position now supported by a slight majority of Americans, according to Gallup — and growing insights into its medicinal uses, the decades of stereotypes and taboo seem to finally be washing off theContinue Reading

OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Surgeon general softens on pot – The Hill

Welcome to OVERNIGHT REGULATION, your daily rundown of rules from Capitol Hill and beyond. It’s about time for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s Congressional Dinner, so without further adieu: THE BIG STORY Pot politics are heating up in Washington. Marijuana advocates in Congress feel new momentum after Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Wednesday that potContinue Reading

U.S. Surgeon General Open to Studying Medical Marijuana – Slate Magazine (blog)

U.S. Surgeon General Open to Studying Medical Marijuana – Slate Magazine (blog)

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is willing to give weed a chance. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told CBS This Morning on Wednesday that he sees some promise in early studies on medical marijuana and indicated that he could be swayed in favor of its use for certain patients. MurthyContinue Reading

US Surgeon General Says ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’ – Huffington Post

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has joined the growing chorus of top medical professionals and organizations in favor of reforming marijuana laws to allow access for medical purposes. On today’s CBS This Morning Murthy said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful. IContinue Reading

Surgeon general: Medical marijuana ‘can be helpful’ – The Hill

The nation’s top doctor on Wednesday suggested an openness to wider use of medical marijuana, saying the drug might offer some medical benefits. “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana can be helpful,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told “CBS This Morning.” “So I think we have toContinue Reading

Medical marijuana gets a boost from the nation’s top doctor – Fusion

The nation’s top doctor confirmed on Wednesday what many Americans already know: medical marijuana can help treat certain ailments. “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said on “CBS This Morning.” “So I think we have to use that dataContinue Reading

The Surgeon General Is Finally Coming Around on Pot – Mother Jones

Despite the legalization of medical marijuana in 30 states, the federal government still lists cannabis under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” But today, the nation’s new top doctor appeared to challenge that designation. “We have some preliminaryContinue Reading

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Says Marijuana ‘Can Be Helpful’ For Some … – Huffington Post

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation’s newest surgeon general, says that marijuana “can be helpful” for some medical conditions, and wants science to dictate policy on the federally banned substance. “We have some preliminary data that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful,” Murthy said during a Wednesday interview on “CBS ThisContinue Reading

Top U.S. doctor says medical marijuana may help some conditions – GlobalPost

Thomson Reuters February 2, 2015 2:00 February 2, 2015 2:00 By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ top doctor said that medical marijuana can help some patients in comments on Wednesday that may boost pressure on the Justice Department to redesignate the drug under federal law. In an interview on “CBS This Morning,”Continue Reading

Seattle gets a marijuana vending machine – USA TODAY

Seattle gets a marijuana vending machine – USA TODAY

Liza Javier, KING TV-Seattle 1:24 a.m. EST February 4, 2015 Seattle’s first marijuana vending machines.(Photo: King-TV, Seattle) SEATTLE — Seattle residents can now purchase cannabis the same way they buy soda and snacks – right out of a vending machine. Well, maybe not quite the same. First they need to enter a medical marijuana dispensaryContinue Reading

Washington state looks to share marijuana taxes with cities – U-T San Diego

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there’s still no place to get the sanctioned stuff: More than 100 cities and counties have banned pot businesses, making it tough to undermine the black market. Lawmakers think they have at least a partial solution: payingContinue Reading

Washington looks to share marijuana taxes with cities – U-T San Diego

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there’s still no place to get the sanctioned stuff: More than 100 cities and counties have banned pot businesses, making it tough to undermine the black market. Lawmakers think they have at least a partial solution: paying theContinue Reading

Washington looks to share marijuana taxes with cities – Chron.com

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there’s still no place to get the sanctioned stuff: More than 100 cities and counties have banned pot businesses, making it tough to undermine the black market. Lawmakers think they have at least a partial solution: paying theContinue Reading

Washington looks to share marijuana taxes with cities – San Antonio Express-News

US News Washington looks to share marijuana taxes with cities Gene Johnson, Associated Press February 2, 2015 Updated: February 2, 2015 7:03pm SEATTLE (AP) — Washington legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there’s still no place to get the sanctioned stuff: More than 100 cities and counties haveContinue Reading