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AACAP announces policy statement opposing marijuana legalization

April 25, 2014  |  Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
news
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) supports efforts to increase awareness of marijuana’s effects on adolescents and improve access to evidence-based treatment, rather than emphasis on criminal charges, for adolescents with cannabis...

Court says Alabama chemical endangerment law applies to unborn

April 23, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
news
A decision this month by the Alabama Supreme Court led to an outcry from groups advocating substance use treatment services for pregnant women.

Eyes on Tennessee for action regarding pregnant substance users

April 17, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
blog
Numerous health and advocacy groups are urging Tennessee's governor to veto legislation that would expose pregnant women who use substances to arrest and jail time.

Making sense of reefer madness in Colorado

April 16, 2014  |  Marvin Ventrell, JD
article
In the second installment of a two-part series, Marvin Ventrell concludes that where you stand on marijuana policy depends largely on where you sit.

STUDY: Marijuana use affects structure of the brain

April 16, 2014  |  Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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A new study, conducted by a team of experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, shows that repeated marijuana smoking results in two neural regions being misshapen or enlarged.

HHS Secretary Sebelius resigns

April 11, 2014  |  Charlene Marietti
news
President Obama has accepted the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Colorado's landmark marijuana experiment

April 10, 2014  |  Marvin Ventrell, JD
article
A journey into the system reveals both dangers and opportunities.

MDs and the public weigh in on marijuana

April 2, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
blog
New opinion surveys of physicians and the general public show more support for medical uses of marijuana than for legalization of recreational use.

United Nations agrees to support recovery movement

March 31, 2014  |  Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
news
At a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime meeting, a resolution on the importance of recovery proposed by the United States was approved.

The Marijuana Conundrum

March 26, 2014  |  Roland Reeves, MD
blog
Rarely a day goes by where we do not encounter political, legal or medical news and arguments asking or declaring how we should handle marijuana. As an addiction medicine physician, I too encounter these questions almost daily.

Vermont police see differing stances on opioids vs. marijuana

March 17, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
news
Three associations representing Vermont police officers are expressing concern that the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin appears at least open to the idea of legalizing marijuana.

Attorney General Holder proposes reduced drug sentences

March 13, 2014  |  Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
news
Attorney General Eric H. Holder has proposed that the United States Sentencing Commission reduces prison sentences for those convicted of dealing drugs, decreasing the average sentence from 62 months down to 51 months.

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