Word drug policy experts to UN: Prevention first

The United Nations’ 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs today wrapped up a week of meetings in Vienna, Austria, where world drug policy experts advocated for stronger efforts to prevent harms associated with drug use. Among them was Pubudu Sumanasekara, vice president of IGOT International, an umbrella...

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DEA: marijuana drug scheduling stays, research expands

After many months of rigorous review that included careful evaluation of the world body of science, the Obama administration’s Drug Enforcement Administration announced today that marijuana’s Schedule 1 drug classification will remain intact, and the number of sites allowed to grow the drug for research will expand. The...

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Colorado youth marijuana use IS on the rise

Given that the health of American youth is in question and that so many states base their policies on reports issued by the State of Colorado, it is important to understand what the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) actually tells us. The survey’s results are gleaned from voluntarily self-reported information collected...

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Pueblo docs lead fight against commercial marijuana

Commercial marijuana threatens public health, taxpayer resources, Pueblo’s three largest healthcare providers said in support of a ballot measure to end it.

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UN supports international drug conventions

The United Nations has reaffirmed its commitment to upholding the international drug conventions that are the cornerstone of world drug policy. That’s a blow to marijuana legalization advocates.

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Legal drugs harm poor countries

My friend, George Ochieng Odalo, serves as director of the Slum Child Foundation, a nonprofit organization assisting children living on the streets and in the most unstable households of Nairobi, Kenya. Today, on his first visit to the United States, he will address the United Nations in New York City about how legal drugs harm...

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GAO pillories DOJ marijuana law enforcement

The U.S. Justice Department has failed to track marijuana’s impact on the nation and specific states where the drug has been sanctioned, according to a report released by the independent, nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.

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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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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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Marijuana no treatment for PTSD

I joined the U.S. Army in 2012 at age 42 largely because I am a psychiatrist who wants our active-duty and veteran service members and their families to receive the mental healthcare they need and deserve. I continue to serve and was deployed to the Middle East in the Fall of 2014. Those four months yielded incredibly valuable...

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