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Gov. Cuomo has outlined a series of concerns to lawmakers that must be addressed before he'll even consider signing the bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in New York, the Daily News has learned.
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Black market marijuana, which many expected to disappear after the substance was legalized, is thriving. It is grown on public land owned by the federal government in the state. Worse it is controlled by Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs).
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More than a decade after voters here first said marijuana could be medicine, Colorado is preparing to embark on the largest state-funded effort to study the medical benefits of cannabis.
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Substance abuse is traumatic for parents, who have trouble accessing treatment for their children. Within the last five years, drug overdoses have become one of the top three killers of 15 to 19 year olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even so, the resources for addiction treatment are hard to locate, expensive and rarely meet patients' needs.
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A definitive, comprehensive review of the current state of scientific knowledge on marijuana written by the nation's leading drug scientists has recently been published by the premier medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. This article is of historic importance and of great relevance for the current national debate over marijuana policy. Hopefully it will be useful in stemming the tide of a growing public misconception that marijuana is not an addictive drug and that marijuana use is not harmful. It is imperative that this summary of knowledge be shared widely and that specifically it be used to inform policy in the interest of public health and safety. In a commentary from the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. Robert L. DuPont, MD presents a brief synopsis of the findings from Volkow, et al. (2014) as well as a policy context for these findings.
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The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) produced by the Centers for Disease Control is one of the nation's longest-running and most extensive efforts to monitor health-risk behaviors contributing to the leading causes of death for children and young adults. Drug use — specifically, marijuana use — is tracked. In the CDC's latest report, issued late last week, the two states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use — Colorado and Washington — are not represented. And still other states — such as California, where adolescent marijuana use is pronounced, and Oregon, which is currently considering the legalization of marijuana for recreational use — didn't fully participate in the study, if at all.
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The stakes are getting higher - politically and financially - in Florida's heated campaign over a November referendum to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. The latest financial reports by the two main groups fighting the legalization of medical marijuana show a total of more than $7.7 million has been raised to oppose the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.
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Low-level drug offences should be decriminalised in West Africa, according to a high-level report.
The West Africa Commission on Drugs says drug cartels are undermining the region by using it to transit cocaine.
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The online tool Google Trends may be able to help track the public's use of marijuana, a new study suggests. The researchers say the tool can also be used to gauge growing interest in other drugs. The study found a significant correlation between state Google Trends marijuana search volume and current marijuana use among youth and adults in those states.
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The U.S. Justice Department's support for a reduction in sentences for nonviolent drug offenders is a step in the right direction — and one that shows marijuana legalization is unnecessary to reform any problematic drug laws, says Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Project SAM), a national, volunteer nonprofit co-founded by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
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