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1 US: Higher and Higher: Pot Use DoublesTue, 09 Aug 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:United States Lines:65 Added:08/09/2016

There are currently about 40 million cigarette smokers in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given that cigarette use is in decline, marijuana use could become more prevalent than cigarette use in just a few years' time.

A new Gallup poll out Monday finds that the percentage of American adults who say they currently smoke marijuana has nearly doubled over the past three years.

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2 US CT: OPED: Learning From Europe On Drug PolicySun, 24 Jul 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Stewart, Ryan V. Area:Connecticut Lines:113 Added:07/24/2016

America's drug policies are largely misguided.

Many people, from common citizens to seasoned politicians, are aware of this, and have sought to change these laws in response to the needless incarceration of indulgers and addicts and, as a consequence, an ever-expanding population of prison inmates - the largest in the world.

However, the ethos of the War on Drugs has, since the early 1970s, remained a powerful motivation for lawmakers and justice officials to maintain the status quo.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as of Jan. 30, 2016, the U.S. prison population was made up in large degree of drug offenders, with 46.6 percent of all inmates having been incarcerated for such offenses. The second-largest group of inmates by offense, classed under "Weapons, Explosives, Arson," made up just 16.9 percent.

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3 US MA: Mass. Court Says Marijuana Question Can Go ForwardThu, 07 Jul 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Salsberg, Bob Area:Massachusetts Lines:68 Added:07/07/2016

Boston (AP) - Massachusetts' highest court on Wednesday cleared the way for a November ballot question on legalizing small amounts of recreational marijuana, but it ordered changes in the wording of the question's title and the brief statement that explains the measure to voters.

The justices, in a unanimous opinion, said the current title and statement were "clearly misleading," though otherwise found no reason to disqualify the proposal from the ballot.

The ruling from the Supreme Judicial Court came hours before supporters of legalized pot turned in more than 25,000 additional certified voter signatures to the secretary of state, well above the 10,792 needed to assure a spot on the ballot.

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4 US CT: OPED: Treat Heroin Crisis As An EpidemicSun, 03 Jul 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Salcedo, Sylvester L. Area:Connecticut Lines:84 Added:07/03/2016

On June 20, The Day published a guest commentary by Jim Spellman of Groton, "Stopping heroin at the source," which contended that "two appropriate recommendations have been offered to counter the heroin crisis - treat it as an epidemic and counter it as a village."

Left unclear was who determined that these are the two appropriate recommendations in all of Connecticut.

But, on his first point, I will agree that the heroin crisis in our state should be treated as an epidemic.

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5 US CA: Sanders' Pro-pot Agenda Takes Root In CaliforniaThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT)          Area:California Lines:28 Added:05/26/2016

Bernie Sanders is turning to marijuana to bolster his credentials in California ahead of the crucial Democratic primary there.

The Vermont senator told a rally in Santa Monica that he would vote yes on an initiative proposed for the November ballot in the state that would legalize the drug. In Riverside, he told more than 1,000 people that the 40-year U.S. war on drugs has unfairly targeted minorities, He told more than 5,000 people in San Bernardino on Tuesday that as a senator he has worked to remove marijuana from Washington's list of the most dangerous drugs.

For Sanders, the 475 delegates at play in the June 7 California primary are crucial for his attempt to close the gap with front-runner Hillary Clinton before the convention.

- - Bloomberg

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6 US: Once Unthinkable in U.S., Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get SeriousMon, 09 May 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Klepper, David Area:United States Lines:57 Added:05/09/2016

Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.

An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider government-sanctioned sites where heroin users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.

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7 US: Could Marijuana Help Treat Heroin Addiction?Wed, 27 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT)          Area:United States Lines:26 Added:04/27/2016

Concord, N.H. (AP) - The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates.

Some are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.

It's a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis. But there's a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for the addiction.

Advocates for medical marijuana argue a growing body of scientific literature supports the idea. But the research falls short of concluding marijuana helps wean people off opioid painkillers and heroin.

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8 US: Medical Pot Activists Fear Epilepsy Drug Could UndercutMon, 18 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Smyth, Julie Carr Area:United States Lines:66 Added:04/19/2016

Columbus, Ohio (AP) - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

Epidiolex is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD, with little of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets traditional pot users high. CBD products are the current rage in medicinal pot products, and activists fear that if the maker of Epidiolex manages to get FDA approval it could undercut the political momentum of the medical marijuana movement.

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9 US CT: Proponents Urge Connecticut to Cash in on LegalWed, 06 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Haigh, Susan Area:Connecticut Lines:66 Added:04/06/2016

Hartford (AP) - Proponents of legalizing marijuana in Connecticut urged state lawmakers on Tuesday to act quickly and capitalize on the "novelty factor" of possibly becoming the first New England state to allow recreational use of the drug.

Tracy Helin, of Middletown, who is registered to use the state's medical marijuana program to relieve cancer symptoms, warned legislators who attended an informational hearing on legalization that time is of the essence. Recreational marijuana legalization is being considered in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont.

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10 US CT: Prevention Group Launches State 'Stop Pot' CampaignTue, 05 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT)          Area:Connecticut Lines:45 Added:04/05/2016

The Governor's Prevention Partnership announced Monday that it has formed a statewide coalition to prevent the legalization of recreational marijuana in Connecticut.

Along with the Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals and others, the partnership urged lawmakers to "consider the best interests of young people in the debate over legalization," according to a news release.

"Parents especially need to understand that marijuana is very harmful and addictive," said Jill Spineti, president and chief executive officer of the partnership. "Marijuana has a significant negative impact on a child's physical and mental health, development and overall well-being."

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11 US RI: Rhode Island AG to Hold Forum on Legalizing MarijuanaMon, 04 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT)          Area:Rhode Island Lines:30 Added:04/04/2016

Providence (AP) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is hosting a forum on marijuana regulation and policy that will focus on learning from states that have legalized the drug.

Tuesday's forum at Brown University will include speakers from the marijuana industry group the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production.

Representatives from states where marijuana is legal will also speak, including a representative from the city of Denver, another from the Washington attorney general's office and a researcher from the Washington State Institute on Public Policy.

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12 US CT: Pot Advocates Hope To Keep Issue AliveSun, 03 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Haigh, Susan Area:Connecticut Lines:67 Added:04/03/2016

Hartford (AP) - Even though two bills legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Connecticut failed this session, proponents are seeking to keep the issue alive by holding a public informational meeting on the subject.

Reps. Juan Candelaria and Toni Walker, both Democrats from New Haven, are seeking input on the pros and cons of marijuana legalization from experts and members of the public. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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13 US CT: Panel Shows It Takes a Community to Fight OpioidFri, 01 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Drelich, Kimberly Area:Connecticut Lines:95 Added:04/02/2016

Old Lyme - As speakers at a community forum Thursday evening shared their or their loved ones' stories of recovering from heroin addiction, they were met with a standing ovation by more than 100 attendees.

The forum at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, organized by the Community Action for Substance Free Youth under the Lymes' Youth Service Bureau, focused on treatment and prevention of opioid addiction.

Parker Rodriguez told the audience that he grew up with a loving family in Lyme. At age 12, he had his first drink and went on to experiment with drugs.

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14 US CT: PUB LTE: Making A Case For Legalizing DrugsFri, 01 Apr 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:D'Esopo, Sanford Area:Connecticut Lines:40 Added:04/01/2016

In the April Harper's Monthly, author Dan Baum argues convincingly for legalizing all drugs.

He reveals that the "War on Drugs" was a sham from the start. The late, disgraced John Ehrlichman, Nixon's chief counsel, told him its real purpose was to discredit and harass enemies: antiwar hippies (marijuana) and blacks (heroin). Nixon's cynical war isn't merely an abject failure; it's created violent illegal trafficking, cost billions, and destroyed countless lives.

Almost everyone, including new "drug czar" Michael Botticelli, knows criminalizing drugs hasn't worked. The only sensible solution is to legalize, shifting the billions saved from enforcement and incarceration to regulation and treatment. Now-nonexistent taxes gained by legalizing could boost overstressed municipal, state and federal budgets.

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15 US: Poll: Not Enough Being Done To Fight Drug UseSat, 26 Mar 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Pane, Lisa Marie Area:United States Lines:42 Added:03/27/2016

Sharon Johnson calls herself an addict, although she's been sober for three years now. She started by smoking pot and eventually moved to crack cocaine. Her daughter has tried heroin and "I believe I'm going to pull her out of the gutter someday," Johnson laments.

Johnson has seen firsthand the ravages of drug abuse reflected in a national Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Whether it's alcohol or illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, a majority of Americans say it's a problem and that more needs to be done to address it.

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16 US: FDA Urges Safer Generic PainkillersFri, 25 Mar 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Perrone, Matthew Area:United States Lines:92 Added:03/25/2016

Officials Embracing Tactic to Fight Addiction

Washington - Federal officials are encouraging generic drugmakers to develop painkillers that are harder to abuse, the latest in a string of steps designed to combat abuse of highly-addictive pain drugs like codeine and oxycodone.

The Food and Drug Administration published draft guidelines outlining testing standards for harder-to-abuse generic painkillers. The agency already has approved five brand-name opioid pain drugs which are designed to discourage abuse. The current version of OxyContin, for example, is difficult to crush, discouraging abusers from snorting or dissolving the tablets to get high.

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17 US CT: Editorial: Extend Marijuana Use to Ease Child SufferingSun, 20 Mar 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT)          Area:Connecticut Lines:88 Added:03/20/2016

The state legislature should pass a law legalizing the use of marijuana for patients under 18. Children who have no other options should not be denied this medicine.

The worst pain a parent can imagine is the loss of a child. Almost as devastating is to watch a child suffer. If the suffering continues for a long time, or repeats over and over again, the helplessness is agonizing for parents, who would do anything to stop it.

Parents of children who suffer multiple seizures a day, and with those episodes, a constant risk of further disability and death, are asking the Connecticut General Assembly to legalize the use of marijuana for patients under 18. For some children it offers relief from the brutal cycle of seizures that make school and play impossible and may steal the ability even to walk and talk.

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18 US CT: Medical Marijuana Advocate Dies At Age 13Wed, 16 Mar 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Shanahan, Martha Area:Connecticut Lines:134 Added:03/16/2016

Montville Girl Had Moved to Maine for Access to Drug

Montville - Just last week, Susan Meehan was in Hartford telling legislators that she left Connecticut to give her daughter, Cyndimae, a better life.

But Cyndimae Meehan's life ended Sunday as she napped in her father's arms in Augusta, Maine. She was 13.

The former Montville resident moved to Maine with her mother two years ago, as part of the family's fight for access to medical cannabis.

Medical marijuana is not approved for pediatric use in Connecticut, but Cyndimae needed it to treat her Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. "She was a happy kid, she really was," Susan Meehan said Tuesday. "In between seizures, she had a smile on her face."

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19 US CT: Bill On Medical Marijuana For Kids Gaining SupportMon, 14 Mar 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Benson, Judy Area:Connecticut Lines:153 Added:03/14/2016

Linda Lloyd doesn't want to leave her home in Pawcatuck, where her 6-year-old son, Henry, attends "the best school ... he could possibly attend" and has a support network of family and friends close by.

"Please don't force me to move out of state and leave my home in order to give my son a fighting chance," Lloyd told the state legislature's Public Health Committee during a hearing earlier this month.

Lloyd, testifying for the first time at the General Assembly, was among eight parents and more than 20 others supporting legalization of medical marijuana for their children and others with debilitating seizure disorders and other conditions that have not responded to traditional pharmaceuticals.

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20 US CT: Norwich Heroin Forum Focuses On Saving AddictsFri, 11 Mar 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Florin, Karen Area:Connecticut Lines:138 Added:03/11/2016

Norwich - If they're still breathing, there's hope.

When somebody overdoses on heroin and is treated in the emergency room at The William W. Backus Hospital, they speak to an outreach worker before they leave.

It's one of the steps members the Norwich Heroin Task Force, comprising social services agencies, health care providers, police and others are taking as they try to get a handle on the growing number of heroin- and opiate- addicted residents in the region.

More than 120 people attended a forum on the growing public health crisis Thursday, with presentations from social workers, doctors, addiction specialists and parents of addicted children.

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