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Rockefeller Institute: Legal marijuana linked to opioid-use declines amid drug crisis

By David Robinson Some states allowing medical marijuana and recreational pot saw declines in opioid prescribing as authorities pushed urgent efforts to combat the historic American drug crisis. Medicaid patients, for example, are getting about 5.9 percent fewer prescription painkillers in medical marijuana states. Further, the opioid prescription declines are deeper where recreational pot is …

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Medical marijuana for PTSD and pain signed into Georgia law

By Mark Niesse Georgians suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain will soon be allowed to use medical marijuana. Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 65 into law Monday, adding PTSD and intractable pain to the list of conditions eligible for treatment by cannabis oil. It will take effect …

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Video Shows Canvasser Lying About Medical Marijuana Initiative

By Adam Drury Controversy has erupted in Utah over an anti-cannabis group’s efforts to remove signatures from a petition supporting medical marijuana. The Utah Medical Association has been hiring canvassers to knock on the doors of people who signed a petition in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. But the canvassers …

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Skunk smell from marijuana crops driving Californians to distraction

By Shehab Khan The smell from marijuana crops is driving Californians to distraction. Marijuana has become a new crop of choice in the farmlands surrounding Carpinteria, in south California. Residents say a thick, skunk-like odour from the marijuana plants settles over the valley in the evenings and before dawn. “We …

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It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks

By Aaron E. Carroll The benefits and harms of medical marijuana can be debated, but more states are legalizing pot, even for recreational use. A new evaluation of marijuana’s risks is overdue. Last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering released a comprehensive report on cannabis use. At …

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