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1 US IL: Wire: Lawsuit Filed By Kansas Mom Over Medical Pot UseTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Associated Press (Wire)          Area:Illinois Lines:27 Added:12/28/2016

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 marijuana.

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 surgery.

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2 US: 50% Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana: PollTue, 18 Oct 2011
Source:Agence France-Presse (France Wire)          Area:United States Lines:64 Added:10/23/2011

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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3 US NE: Nebraska Lawyer Pushes For Marijuana Ballot InitiativeTue, 28 Jun 2011
Source:Associated Press (Wire)          Area:Nebraska Lines:25 Added:06/29/2011

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.

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4 US: Web: Brain-Enhancing Drugs: Legalize 'Em, Scientists SayWed, 10 Dec 2008
Source:Wired Magazine (US) Author:Keim, Brandon Area:United States Lines:123 Added:12/11/2008

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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5 US MI: Wire: Signatures Turned in to Put Medical Marijuana Issue on BallotTue, 20 Nov 2007
Source:Associated Press (Wire)          Area:Michigan Lines:31 Added:11/20/2007

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.

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6 US: Wire: Student Free-Speech Rights LimitedMon, 25 Jun 2007
Source:Associated Press (Wire)          Area:United States Lines:61 Added:06/25/2007

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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7 New Zealand: Wire: Nats And NZ First Call For Party Pill BanThu, 14 Dec 2006
Source:New Zealand Press Association (New Zealand Wire)          Area:New Zealand Lines:59 Added:12/14/2006

Two Political Parties Are Putting Pressure on the Government to Ban Party Pills.

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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8 US: Web: Guarded Hope for Dope ReformWed, 15 Nov 2006
Source:Wired News (US Web) Author:Dotinga, Randy Area:United States Lines:131 Added:11/16/2006

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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9 New Zealand: Wire: Cannabis Main Offender In NZ Athlete DrugWed, 11 Oct 2006
Source:New Zealand Press Association (New Zealand Wire)          Area:New Zealand Lines:54 Added:10/11/2006

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 regime shows.

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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10 US AR: Wire: Rural Meth Addicts Have Trouble Getting TreatmentThu, 29 Jun 2006
Source:Arkansas News Bureau (Wire: AR) Author:Hegstad, Maria Area:Arkansas Lines:83 Added:06/29/2006

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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11 US: Wire: Meth Takes A Toll On Indian ReservationsSun, 11 Jun 2006
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Jalonick, Mary Clare Area:United States Lines:127 Added:06/13/2006

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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12 Afghanistan: Wire: Afghan Violence Kills More Than 500Sat, 10 Jun 2006
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Coone, Daniel Area:Afghanistan Lines:62 Added:06/11/2006

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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13 US: Wire: War On Drugs - Elusive Victory, Disputed StatisticsTue, 07 Mar 2006
Source:Reuters (Wire) Author:Debusmann, Bernd Area:United States Lines:134 Added:03/07/2006

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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14 US: Wire: Pediatricians Group Backs Needle ExchangesMon, 06 Feb 2006
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Johnson, Carla K. Area:United States Lines:65 Added:02/06/2006

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 journal Pediatrics.

"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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15 Switzerland: Web: LSD: The Geek's Wonder Drug?Mon, 16 Jan 2006
Source:Wired News (US Web) Author:Harrison, Ann Area:Switzerland Lines:215 Added:01/16/2006

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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16 US RI: Wire: House Overrides Carcieri's Medical Marijuana VetoTue, 03 Jan 2006
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Johnson, M. L. Area:Rhode Island Lines:91 Added:01/03/2006

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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17 Czech Republic: Wire: Hemp-Based Medicines May Be Legalised in Czech RepublicWed, 21 Dec 2005
Source:CTK Czech News Agency (Czech Republic, Wire)          Area:Czech Republic Lines:75 Added:12/23/2005

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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18 US: Wire: Study: Religious Use of Peyote Not Harmful to American IndiansFri, 04 Nov 2005
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Kunzelman, Michael Area:United States Lines:117 Added:11/05/2005

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, he said.

"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 Boston.

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19 US: Wire: Etheridge: I Used Medical MarijuanaFri, 14 Oct 2005
Source:Associated Press (Wire)          Area:United States Lines:35 Added:10/15/2005

NEW YORK (AP) -- Melissa Etheridge says she smoked medicinal marijuana to help with the side effects of chemotherapy during her treatment for breast cancer.

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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20 Venezuela: Wire: Venezuela, U S Talk Over Drugs CooperationFri, 07 Oct 2005
Source:Reuters (Wire)          Area:Venezuela Lines:62 Added:10/08/2005

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 there."

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