Epidiolex helping kids with epilepsy

Dec 10, 15 Epidiolex helping kids with epilepsy

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

Epidiolex, which is now in clinical trials, is widely considered among healthcare experts to be the safer experimental option for treating forms of severe childhood epilepsy than the non-purified CBD oils typically found in medical marijuana dispensaries, such as “Charlotte’s Web.”

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ASAM marijuana policy updated

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) continues to oppose marijuana legalization and recommends that jurisdictions that already have sanctioned the sale of marijuana products prohibit those sales to anyone under age 25, according to its recently updated “Public Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids and Legalization.

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Legal marijuana’s impact on CO troubling

Sep 15, 15 Legal marijuana’s impact on CO troubling

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

Marijuana-related problems of public health and safety are worsening in Colorado, according to a new federal report released today by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.

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Feds ease rules on cannabis research

Jun 22, 15 Feds ease rules on cannabis research

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

The White House today announced its intention to lift a bureaucratic requirement identified as an impediment to scientific research of cannabis. The move is consistent with calls from a group of bipartisan lawmakers and from recommendations issued in May by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a nonprofit organization focused on...

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CO adult pot use almost double national average

Jun 16, 15 CO adult pot use almost double national average

Posted by in Marijuana, Research, Uncategorized

A new statewide study funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that 13.6 percent of Colorado adults are regular users of marijuana — almost double the rate (7.4 percent) of the entire United States, according to recent Health and Human Services studies. The study also found 1 in 5 marijuana...

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SAM: Marijuana research overhaul

Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, today released a new report, “Researching Marijuana’s Potential Responsibly: A Six-Point Plan” and called for a series of recommendations aimed at overhauling how marijuana is researched in the United States. The report — which SAM co-founder and honorary board member...

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Clearing the Haze: Another look at pot

Apr 13, 15 Clearing the Haze: Another look at pot

Posted by in Media, Uncategorized

I am honored to have worked with the editorial board and publisher of The (Colorado Springs) Gazette on a perspective series about marijuana legalization titled “Clearing the Haze.” I am a journalist and a native North Carolinian — the great-granddaughter of tobacco farmers — who firmly stands against the...

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NIDA corrects the record

Mar 24, 15 NIDA corrects the record

Posted by in Research, Uncategorized

Marijuana-legalization advocates frequently claim the National Institute on Drug Abuse has a monopoly on marijuana research and is biased in the projects it decides to fund. To support the claim, this quote, which first appeared in the New York Times in 2010, is often repeated as it was here three years later on DailyKos.com....

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Winning high school sportsmanship

Feb 28, 15 Winning high school sportsmanship

Posted by in Athletic Wellness

A Texas high school basketball team’s extraordinary sportsmanship is also a winning approach to life.

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AAP opposes pot legalization — again

The American Academy of Pediatrics — a professional organization of 62,000 pediatricians committed to optimal physical, mental and social health for children, adolescents and young adults — today reaffirmed its strong stance against marijuana legalization and the use of so-called “medical marijuana”...

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