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The proportion of marijuana-positive drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado has increased dramatically since the commercialization of medical marijuana in the middle of 2009, according to a study by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers.
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The world of marijuana is changing. And that means the world of marijuana-related news stories is also changing. With two states having legalized the drug, there is certainly a lot to write and talk about. At least two deaths have already been attributed to legal marijuana cookies in Colorado, and poison control centers continue to report increasing calls related to the drug. Publications sympathetic to legalization (like the HuffPost and Rolling Stone) continue to publish articles that obscure the science behind marijuana use and the increasing concern of public health officials over the experience of legalization in places like Colorado. These articles make grand, often unfounded assumptions about marijuana and marijuana legalization. It is not just the pro-marijuana media outlets that sometimes misrepresent what is happening with pot. Here are some considerations any fair-minded writer should take into account when writing about the complicated world of weed
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Health officials in Philadelphia are warning about a deadly mix of heroin and the powerful narcotic fentanyl that has killed dozens of people in recent months. The city Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability said Monday that the drug cocktail is being blamed for the deaths of least 28 people in the city this year, with most of the fatalities happening between March 3 and April 20.
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Gangs are stealing headlights from Range Rovers and Land Rovers for use in cannabis factories. The £800 units have very bright lights but radiate less heat than conventional 12-volt lights, which means their use in the illicit indoor farms is harder to detect.
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The Pinal County Sheriff's Department says it has arrested a medical marijuana cardholder for illegally growing and selling pot.
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Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring match over the Obama administration's attempt to reform the way the federal government approaches criminal justice and punishment.
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Cannabis use in college students with psychiatric disorders is high and appears to have a significantly greater negative impact on function in this population, new research suggests. Investigators at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, found that almost 25% of college students being treated for a mental illness also abused cannabis, which was linked to significant functional impairment and a greater likelihood of medical leave from school compared with their counterparts who used cannabis but did not have a mental illness.
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The green-cross storefronts of medical marijuana dispensaries are common in much of Washington, and the state is plowing ahead with licensing people to grow and sell recreational pot to adults. But a federal trial scheduled to begin in the coming weeks for five people in Spokane suggests not all is OK with weed in the state.
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Scientists at University of Colorado School of Medicine are studying what goes into spice and how to detect it. "Spice itself is usually not a drug of abuse, it's more drug of experimentation," said Jeffrey Galinkin, Chief Medical Officer at CU Toxicology. "People think of spice as a natural drug because they think of it as a marijuana derivative. Spice is not."
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