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Will Marijuana’s Decriminalization Ruin This Company?

Bob Dylan once sang, “Oh, the times they are a-changin’.” While these lyrics are not directly tied to marijuana — although Mr. Dylan has certainly written many on the subject — they are certainly apt when you consider America’s attitude toward pot. Could changing attitudes present a risk to correctional companies? America’s mellowing out on […]

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The mythology of marijuana

Over the course of my 52-year professional career as a forensic pathologist and medicolegal consultant, I have been involved in numerous civil and criminal lawsuits dealing with various kinds of drugs — prescription, over-the-counter and illicit. Some of these cases have been quite significant, including a few that have been the subject of congressional hearings. […]

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Can Marijuana Kill You?

A recent headline reads: “Can Marijuana Kill You? German Scientists Say Yes.” The article focuses on a study of two (count ’em, two!) young men who died while they had detectable levels of THC in their blood. I take a lot of pleasure in this kind of melodrama. If prohibitionists are stooping this low, we must really […]

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Jerry Brown Afraid Marijuana Legalization Will Make Too Many Potheads

California Governor Jerry Brown is afraid that widespread marijuana legalization could lead to the creation of too many “potheads.” California has had a medical marijuana program since 1996 and it was one of the first states to pursue such a program. More expansive programs have been adopted by states such as Colorado and Washington in […]

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The 7 States Slamming the Door on Legalized Marijuana

Colorado’s newly legal recreational marijuana industry is creating quite a buzz – particularly when it comes to visions of a new tax revenue stream for cash-strapped states. With the Centennial State’s successful rollout, it seemed certain that others, in addition to Washington state, would follow. But, there are major headwinds that may keep the budding […]

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Medical marijuana bill limits who can prescribe pot

SACRAMENTO – Law enforcement groups and municipalities have switched tactics in the debate over regulating medical marijuana in California, and are pushing a bill that protects local bans and limits who can recommend the drug. The legislation would require patients to go through their primary-care doctors – or someone their primary doctor refers them to […]

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JAMAICA DRUGS-Report says Jamaica largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the United States

WASHINGTON, Mar 4  – The United States says Jamaica remains the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the United States and Caribbean islands and that even though cocaine and synthetic drugs are not produced locally, Jamaica is a transit point for drugs trafficked from South America to North America and other international markets. But in […]

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Gupta: ‘I am doubling down’ on medical marijuana

It’s been eight months since I last wrote about medical marijuana, apologizing for having not dug deeply into the beneficial effects of this plant and for writing articles dismissing its potential. I apologized for my own role in previously misleading people, and I feel very badly that people have suffered for too long, unable to […]

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Medical Marijuana Providers Fear Effects of Wider Legalization

SEATTLE — There should be, one might think, a note of triumph or at least quiet satisfaction in Muraco Kyashna-tocha’s voice. Her patient-based cooperative in north Seattle dispenses medical marijuana to treat seizures, sleeplessness and other maladies. And with the state gearing up to open its first stores selling legal marijuana for recreational use, the […]

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Marijuana, fine, but leave medicine out of it

I recently visited a medical-marijuana dispensary in Denver. I expected tie-dyed tapestries and Bob Marley posters. Instead, I found a well-designed shop that looked like any high-end health-supplement boutique. The display cabinets were organized with various strains of marijuana and there were many non-smokable types, including transdermal patches, oral sprays and edibles. An employee proudly […]

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