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Current Events

January 20, 2015
The impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado has been less than critics and supporters predicted, according to The Wall Street Journal. The state has seen neither a tax windfall nor dramatic social consequences, the...
January 20, 2015
As U.S.-grown marijuana displaces Mexican cannabis in this country, drug traffickers are sending more cheap heroin and methamphetamine into the United States, according to The Washington Post.
January 20, 2015
A federal judge will rule later this year on whether marijuana should continue to be classified as a Schedule I drug, alongside LSD and heroin, according to the Associated Press. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller...
January 9, 2015
Marijuana use in all age groups in Colorado and Washington State, where recreational marijuana is legal, has exceeded the national average during the past year, according to a new report by the anti-legalization group...
January 9, 2015
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has added three new strains of synthetic marijuana to its list of banned substances. These drugs are considered Schedule I drugs, which have a high potential for abuse, no...
January 9, 2015
The 2014 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress, provides an in-depth description of the public health community’s success in reducing cigarette smoking and other forms of...
December 23, 2014
The federal spending measure passed over the weekend includes a provision that will end the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana in states where it is legal, The Los Angeles Times reports. The provision...
December 22, 2014
The Colorado Board of Health announced it will fund grants totaling more than $8 million for studies examining the potential medical benefits of marijuana. The studies will examine marijuana’s effects on epilepsy, pain...
December 22, 2014
A group of senators working to reduce the toll of prescription drug abuse sent letters to government officials and health groups this week, urging them to continue fighting what they called a national epidemic. The...
December 16, 2014
Smoking in federal prisons, which has been banned in practice since 2006, has been officially outlawed, according to U.S. News & World Report. Prison guards will still be allowed to possess tobacco.

 

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