WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a
western Kansas woman against the state and several agencies after her son
was removed from her home in 2015 when he told school officials she used
Shona Banda, of Garden City, alleged in the lawsuit filed in March that
the defendants denied her civil rights by refusing to allow her to use
medical marijuana to treat her Crohn's disease, interfered with her
parenting and questioned her son without her permission. Medical marijuana
is not legal in Kansas.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday,
agreeing with the defendants' contention that Banda had no right to use
marijuana and the agencies had some immunity.
Banda says she intends to pursue the case after she recovers from a recent
WASHINGTON - An unprecedented 50 percent of Americans think it's high
time that marijuana should become legal in the United States,
according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
That's up from 46 percent from a year ago -- and way up from a mere 12
percent in 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and 84 percent
of respondents opposed to legalization.
"If this current trend on legalizing marijuana continues, pressure may
build to bring the nation's laws into compliance with the people's
wishes," the pollsters said in a statement.
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McCOOK -- A Holbrook attorney is trying to launch a ballot initiative
to legalize marijuana in Nebraska.
Frank Shoemaker submitted petition language to the Nebraska secretary
of state earlier this month.
Shoemaker is listed as the sole sponsor of the Nebraska Marijuana
Legalization Initiative. The petition seeks to amend the state
Constitution to remove all laws that regulate the private,
non-commercial use of cannabis, and to regulate all commercial uses.
It seeks to place the question on the November 2012 ballot.
Shoemaker, an unsuccessful candidate for Legislature in 2006, would
need to collect valid signatures from 10 percent of the state's
registered voters. In 2008, that number was more than 112,000 signatures.
If drugs can safely give your brain a boost, why not take them? And if
you don't want to, why stop others?
In an era when attention-disorder drugs are regularly - and illegally
- - being used for off-label purposes by people seeking a better grade
or year-end job review, these are timely ethical questions.
The latest answer comes from Nature, where seven prominent ethicists
and neuroscientists recently published a paper entitled, "Towards a
responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy."
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A group that wants to allow the use of
marijuana for medical purposes has turned in nearly 500,000
signatures to put the issue on the November 2008 ballot.
The Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care says the 496,000
signatures it handed over to the secretary of state's office should
easily contain 304,101 valid signatures, the minimum required.
If approved by voters, the initiative would allow qualified,
seriously ill patients to use and grow a limited amount of marijuana
for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a doctor.
Twelve states and five Michigan cities have passed laws allowing the
medical use of marijuana. Marijuana is illegal under federal law
under all circumstances.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court tightened limits on student
speech Monday, ruling against a high school student and his
14-foot-long "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner.
Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as
advocating drug use, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court
in a 5-4 ruling.
Joseph Frederick unfurled his homemade sign on a winter morning in
2002, as the Olympic torch made its way through Juneau, Alaska, en
route to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
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Two Political Parties Are Putting Pressure on the Government to Ban
National and New Zealand First want Associate Health Minister Jim
Anderton to made a decision, and say he has had long enough to
consider the situation.
Mr Anderton, who is in charge of the Government's drugs policy, said
yesterday he needed more time to study expert advice before taking
any steps to ban party pills.
The question is whether pills containing benzylpiperazine (BZP)
should be banned.
At present they can be legally purchased by people over 18, but
critics say pill doses are often far higher than recommended and lead
to serious harm.
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Democrats control Congress, a socialist is in the Senate and the
president's approval ratings are in the tank. So it's no surprise that
advocates of drug reform are looking forward to a new day -- sort of.
Consider this: A bill that would allow sick people to use marijuana
might actually pass the House. Of course, it's probably dead on
arrival in the Senate, and President Bush would almost certainly stamp
it with an override-proof veto.
But "at the very least, we'll see some hearings on the issue,"
predicted Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the pro-reform
Drug Policy Alliance.
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Steroid use in New Zealand is low, but some of our sports people like
a toke of dope, analysis of Drug Free New Zealand's (DFNZ) testing
The agency's annual report shows 15 athletes out of 1262 tested
throughout the year to June 30, 2006, had a banned substance in their
system, but two thirds of them were for cannabis.
DFNZ executive director Graeme Steel said was taking up a significant
portion of its resources despite the fact it did not appear to
enhance anyone's performance.
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Methamphetamine use has hit rural communities the hardest, and those
also are areas where treatment programs are most limited, experts
told Congress on Wednesday.
A common, but untrue, myth is that meth users can't overcome their
addictions, said Richard Rawson, a professor at the University of
California at Los Angeles. Rawson said his UCLA clinic treats people
addicted to alcohol, cocaine, heroin and meth. Meth users have
similar success rates.
But those addicts who most need help can't get to it, said Leah
Heaston, a director of treatment centers in rural Indiana, told the
House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources.
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WASHINGTON -- Leah Fyten believes every family on her South Dakota
reservation has been affected by methamphetamine use. The drug has
torn apart these families, led to increases in crime and bumped
mortality rates. And now, the director of the Flandreau Santee Sioux
Housing Authority says, it's affecting the reservation's already
desperate housing situation.
Housing is not only ruined by meth labs, which are highly poisonous
and often difficult to spot, but also by the destructive habits that
often accompany drug use. The housing authority on the Flandreau
reservation has spent countless dollars fixing up holes in the walls,
broken windows, ruined appliances and other damage wrought by the
violent habits of drug users, Fyten said.
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Afghanistan -- The worst three weeks of violence since the fall of
the Taliban have left more than 500 people dead, the U.S.-led
coalition said Saturday.
Fighting on Saturday killed six insurgents and three police,
officials said. Late Friday, a top Afghan intelligence agent narrowly
survived a bomb attack on his convoy that killed three other people
near the capital, Kabul.
Much of the recent Taliban fighting is believed funded by the
country's $2.8 billion trade in opium and heroin -- about 90 percent
of the world's supply.
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Washington - Despite three decades of upbeat reports on battles won
in the war on drugs, cocaine, heroin and marijuana are as easily
available as ever and experts say the United States has yet to
develop a strategy that works.
Just as in previous years, the government's progress reports for this
year on drug control point to new records on cocaine seizures and on
the eradication of coca plantations in Colombia, the world's top
producer of cocaine.
The annual reports were issued by the White House Office of National
Drug Control Policy, a 130-member group which sets anti-drug policy
and is headed by "drug czar" John Walters, and by the State
Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
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Pediatricians should speak out in support of needle exchange programs
to reduce the spread of HIV among injection drug users, the American
Academy of Pediatrics says in a toughened policy statement.
Doctors also should discuss HIV risk with their teenage patients
"with a nonjudgmental approach" and offer confidential help if local
laws allow, the group says in the statement appearing Monday in the
"If we can help young people avoid a chronic illness that we have no
cure for, I would hope people would embrace that idea," said the lead
author, Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid of Chicago's John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.
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BASEL, Switzerland -- When Kevin Herbert has a particularly
intractable programming problem, or finds himself pondering a big
career decision, he deploys a powerful mind expanding tool -- LSD-25.
"It must be changing something about the internal communication in my
brain. Whatever my inner process is that lets me solve problems, it
works differently, or maybe different parts of my brain are used, "
said Herbert, 42, an early employee of Cisco Systems who says he
solved his toughest technical problems while tripping to drum solos
by the Grateful Dead -- who were among the many artists inspired by LSD.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Rhode Island on Tuesday became the 11th state to
legalize medical marijuana and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled in June that patients who use the drug can still be prosecuted
under federal law.
House lawmakers voted 59-13 to override a veto by Gov. Don Carcieri,
allowing people with illnesses such as cancer and AIDS to grow up to
12 marijuana plants or buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana to relieve their
symptoms. The law requires them to register with the state and get a
photo identification card.
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PRAGUE (CTK) - Czech patients may soon start using hemp
(cannabis)-based medicines as the government plans to include them
among legal medical products in an amendment to the law on addictive
substances, the daily Lidove noviny (LN) reports today.
So far, the substances from cannabis, mainly its major active
substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can be applied in research only
on the basis of a permit issued by the Health Ministry. Theoretically,
they can be used in a special medical treatment in selected cases, but
the ministry says that no one has been treated with hemp extracts yet.
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BOSTON --For John Halpern to study the effects of peyote on American
Indians who use the hallucinogenic cactus in religious ceremonies,
observing from a distance was not an option.
Halpern lived on the Navajo Nation reservation for months at a time
and participated in prayer ceremonies. Earning their trust and
cooperation would have been impossible if he refused to ingest peyote,
"It never would have happened if I hadn't done that. It's one of the
ways they take the measure of a man," said Halpern, a psychiatrist at
the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital in Belmont, just outside of
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Melissa Etheridge says she smoked medicinal marijuana to
help with the side effects of chemotherapy during her treatment for breast
The 44-year-old singer, who was diagnosed over a year ago, is now cancer-free.
"Instead of taking five or six of the prescriptions, I decided to go a
natural route and smoke marijuana," Etheridge says in an interview to air
Sunday on "Dateline NBC" (7 p.m. EDT).
When asked how her doctors reacted, Etheridge says, "Every single one was,
'Oh, yeah. That's the best help for the effects of chemotherapy.'"
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Venezuela, US Talk Over Drugs Cooperation
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan and U.S. officials on Friday held talks on
anti-narcotics cooperation in the first meeting since Washington classified
President Hugo Chavez's government as a failure in the war on drugs.
After discussions with the U.S. ambassador, Venezuelan Interior
Minister Jesse Chacon told reporters the governments had made progress
toward a new anti-narcotics accord, including possible sharing of U.S.
aerial surveillance data in the Caribbean.
"We are going to keep working and look at areas where we can
cooperate," Chacon said. "The United States has a capacity in the
Caribbean near Florida's coast, which we could use for more support
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