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UK government finally concedes cannabis has a medicinal effect

Source : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cannabis-legality-uk-government-finally-admits-marijuana-has-a-medicinal-effect-a7355941.html The government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has found that Cannabidiol (CBD) has a “restoring, correcting or modifying” effect on “physiological functions” when administered to humans, in a potential milestone in the campaign to legalise cannabis and bring about evidence-based laws regarding drugs. The review ...

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Marijuana legalization is leading in every state where it’s on the ballot this November

Source : https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/05/marijuana-legalization-is-leading-in-every-state-where-its-on-the-ballot-this-november/ Marijuana advocates are heading into the final weeks of the 2016 campaign with the wind at their backs as the latest polling shows legalization measures currently favored by voters in all five states where they’re on the ballot. This is something of a reversal from just a ...

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Worth a shot? Locals balk as city considers heroin-injection facilities

Source : http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2016/43/br-heroin-injection-sites-2016-10-14-bk.html Are they high!? The city is considering opening facilities where heroin users can safely shoot up under medical supervision, but some advocates in areas such as Bay Ridge and Sunset Park — where opiate addiction is raging — say the plan is bonkers and warn that finding ...

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To combat drug overdose, address the stigma

Source : http://www.metro.us//news/to-combat-drug-overdose-address-the-stigma/zsJphE—3vehRfA5s3hY/ For most people battling drug addiction and their families, standing up to the stigma is another hurdle entirely. The shaming stares and discrimination imposed by neighbors, friends, classmates or coworkers, in church or at grocery stores, is tangible. And painful. From that sense of alienation was born ...

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Feds Declare War On Herb Touted As A Solution To Opioid Addiction

Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dea-kratom-schedule-i_us_57c5c263e4b0cdfc5ac98b83?section A new DEA push against kratom shows drug warriors haven’t learned from past failures. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to place the herbal supplement kratom on its list of Schedule I drugs, effectively banning a naturally occurring psychoactive substance that some say holds promise as ...

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Mom of overdose victim: ‘Drug policy is the reason people are dying’

 Source : http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/27/health/mom-heroin-overdose/index.html Story highlights Louise Vincent says the societal approach to addiction must change « That’s what would have saved my daughter, » she says She advocates for the use of the opioid-blocking drug naloxone (CNN) In March, Louise Vincent was forced to live every parent’s worst nightmare. Her daughter Selena ...

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