California companies would be prohibited from selling marijuana
edibles made in the shape of a person, animal, insect or fruit under a
measure given final legislative approval Thursday and sent to the
governor for consideration.
"We are trying to protect children," said Assemblyman Rudy Salas
(D-Bakersfield), who authored AB 350.
Lawmakers said marijuana edibles have been made in the past to look
like gummy bears or miniature pineapples. In April, some middle school
students in San Diego got sick after a classmate sold them
marijuana-laced gummy bears.
The state plans to begin issuing licenses for the sale of recreational
marijuana to people 21 and older in January, so lawmakers have
introduced several bills aimed at preventing pot from being marketed
Democrat Larry Krasner, the front-runner to become Philadelphia's next
district attorney, says he supports city-sanctioned spaces where
people addicted to heroin can inject drugs under medical supervision
and access treatment, a move advocates see as a promising step toward
making the city the first in the U.S. to open such a site.
His Republican opponent, Beth Grossman, says she's open to discussions
on the matter.
For those on the front lines of the heroin crisis in Philadelphia,
both are encouraging stances in a political arena where the idea can
still be dismissed out of hand. But recently, cities across the
country have begun to consider the possibility of instituting
supervised injection sites; several nations, including Canada, have
used the approach for years.
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Just six days after her 28-year-old son died from a heroin overdose,
the president of the Pennsbury school board wept as she thanked her
colleagues for unanimously approving an ambitious new $149,000
antidrug program aimed at fighting an opioid epidemic that has ravaged
young grads in their Lower Bucks County community.
"Thank you all for doing this - now more than ever it means the world
to me," a tearful Jacqueline Redner said immediately after the vote.
After a decadelong battle with addiction, her son Josh was found dead
in a motel room on Sept. 13.
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BOSTON -- Marijuana legalization opponents will outnumber supporters
four to one on the new commission that will spearhead the state's
efforts to get a legal marijuana industry up and running by next
summer and then regulate the newly legal market.
Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed Britte McBride, a
lawyer with experience working for the attorney general's office, the
state Senate and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security,
to the newly minted Cannabis Control Commission, and joined Gov.
Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in agreeing on two picks
to round out the five-person panel.
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DENVER - Many college students will tell you that making pot brownies
is easy - just sprinkle a little marijuana into a pan of melting
butter, then follow the instructions on the back of the Duncan Hines
But marijuana entrepreneurs in this center of cannabis innovation face
a much higher bar. They have no trouble dreaming up creative treats
and concoctions infused with psychoactive THC, but meeting hundreds of
pages of health and safety regulations means their imagination is
handcuffed. And for good reason: the rules demand precise dosing,
uniform potency, and warning symbols imprinted on the food itself.
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Energy drinks could be a gateway to cocaine use, according to a new
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health
found that young adults who said they'd consumed energy drinks yearly
between ages 21 and 24 were at greater risk for subsequently doing
cocaine, using prescription stimulants for non-medical uses and
The 1,099 study participants were recruited as 18-year-old college
Those who didn't consume energy drinks as they got older were less
likely to develop substance-abuse problems.
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MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker signed seven bills Monday to combat the
spread of opiates and was set to approve four more.
The 11 measures, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the
Legislature, would funnel more money into fighting opiates, tighten
the ability to get some drugs from pharmacies and give doctors more
guidance on treating addiction. They were passed in a special session
the Republican governor called in January.
"We've taken serious steps to combat this issue, including creating
the Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse, but we won't stop until
there are zero opioid overdoses in Wisconsin," Walker said in a statement.
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After a year of having an opioid antidote in middle and high schools
in Carroll County, a new state law requires that the medicine be
available at the elementary school level, too.
The Start Talking Maryland Act, which lays out now-required opioid
education at least once at all schooling levels, also requires all
schools to carry naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote.
Filipa Gomes, supervisor of Health Services for Carroll County Public
Schools, said in addition to the extra naloxone, Carroll County Public
Schools staff are training more people how to administer the antidote.
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In the ongoing battle to stem the heroin and opiate epidemic in
Maryland, the newest focus is a state law that mandates teaching
students in elementary schools through college about the dangers of
Public schools are tweaking drug-education lessons and colleges are
preparing sessions for incoming students to comply with the Start
Talking Maryland Act, which becomes law July 1.
The act, passed by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Larry Hogan
earlier this year, requires public schools to offer drug-education
that includes the dangers of heroin and opiates starting in elementary
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A federal civil rights lawsuit filed last week against a south Georgia
sheriff offers new details of the bizarre school-wide search of
hundreds of students where deputies allegedly touched girls' breasts,
vaginal areas and groped boys in their groins.
One of the nine Worth County High School students who filed the
lawsuit, identified as K.P., told the AJC that the April 14 search was
"very, very scary." She said the incident was stuck in her memory and
it colored the rest of her senior year.
The day of the search, she said, students didn't know what was
happening when an announcement was made early in the day that the
school was on lock-down.
HAYFORK, Calif. - The red and purple opium poppies that his family
grew on a mountainside half a world away were filled with an
intoxicating, sticky sap that his mother traded for silver coins to
feed her children and pay for their escape.
Adam Lee smiles at the memory of a childhood in war-torn Laos and
voyage to America, where he spent decades adapting to life in big cities.
Now 47 years old, Mr. Lee has returned to the mountains - the Trinity
Alps of Northern California - and to a career farming a different
mind-altering crop for his livelihood: marijuana.
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Jeanine Moss never expected to get into the cannabis industry. But
that was before her hip-replacement surgery.
Ms. Moss, 62, of Marina Del Ray, Calif., had quit her job as a
marketing consultant before she had her hip done in 2014. As she left
the hospital, her doctors handed her a "shopping bag filled with
opiates," she said. The drugs made her disoriented and woozy.
So she switched to medical marijuana, which is legal in California and
was familiar to her, having grown up in the nearby Venice section of
Los Angeles. Within a week, she had tossed away her
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At every school in New Rochelle, just north of the Bronx, in
Westchester, there is a locked medicine cabinet in the nurse's office,
stocked with things like EpiPens for allergic reactions, inhalers for
asthma, Tylenol for aches and pains.
Now, those cabinets also include naloxone, an antidote for people who
are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a
nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing.
The city keeps it in every nurse's office, including in its elementary
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Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie
County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017.
It could be worse. Last year started more deadly.
During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so
many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die
that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took aggressive steps,
including promotion of the widespread use of the opiate antidote Naloxone.
By year's end, 247 people had died in confirmed overdoses, with 77 more
suspected deaths, officials said Thursday.
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Anti-drug advocates hailed Gov. Chris Christie's pledge Tuesday to make
New Jersey's addiction crisis a top job in the final year of his term in
office, but there were worries about funding and follow through.
Using soaring rhetoric, heartfelt personal stories of loss and
unmistakable zeal, the governor used his State of the State address to
outline a series of new initiatives to battle the opioid epidemic that has
devastated New Jersey.
Paul Ressler, who lost his son Corey to a heroin overdose and now runs an
organization that informs the public about the use of the opioid overdose
antidote naloxone, praised the goal of getting more teenagers into
treatment. Christie promised to change state regulations that exclude 18
and 19 year olds from treatment facilities for children.
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Over a 12-hour period in Beverly Hills, two sisters and a boyfriend of one
of the them were rushed to the hospital after accidentally overdosing on
Police say all three are lucky to be alive.
"The boy was the luckiest," said Detective Sgt. Lee Davis of the Beverly
Hills Public Safety Department. "Two of our detectives went to his house
about the two prior overdoses and they found him totally unresponsive and
all alone. If they didn't show up, this probably would have been a totally
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[photo] Addy Schultz, 72, cuddling a baby going through opioid withdrawal
at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff
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cancer and women's health issues.
Study suggests prevention efforts are having an effect on melanoma in Pa.,
As the 13-day-old infant scrunched up his face and squirmed in obvious
pain, Addy Schultz tightened her embrace. The baby relaxed in her arms
"When he cramps up, I hold him harder and pat a little firmer," explained
Schultz, 72, sitting in a rocking chair in the newborn intensive care unit
at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "They don't like to be stroked or
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Thursday that
Congressional Republicans are on a "rescue" mission to repeal and replace
the Affordable Care Act and that he and President-elect Donald Trump are
in perfect sync with the process of replacing Obamacare. (CHIP
Funding for mental illness and opioid addiction treatment in Pennsylvania
will take a big hit if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to
research published this week by Harvard Medical School.
More than 181,000 Pennsylvania residents with mental and substance abuse
disorders will lose access to services made available under the ACA,
concluded Harvard health economics professor Richard G. Frank and New York
University public service dean Sherry Glied.
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Professor Shad Ewart is teaching a course on emerging markets in relation
to marijuana legalization and entrepreneurial pursuits at Anne Arundel
Start stoner-friendly munchies stands in Colorado. Or open a lounge near a
marijuana dispensary in Oregon.
Or try selling fertilizer to weed growers, dude.
"Opportunities are endless, whatever we can create in our heads," said
Dean Warner, an Anne Arundel Community College student.
The college launched Monday a class exploring business opportunities
around the country's expanding marijuana market.
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Charles Cutler is an internal medicine specialist from Norristown.
Want to know what's important in medicine today?
Ask Charles Cutler, an internal medicine specialist from Norristown who
last month was sworn in as the 167th president of the Pennsylvania Medical
The society's 16,000 members are physicians and medical students
throughout the state. Among the issues it promotes are leadership,
education, and public health.
Cutler, a member for 35 years, belongs to numerous other medical
organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery County
Medical Society. He is a member of Einstein Physicians Norriton, a part of
the Einstein Healthcare Network.
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