Anti-marijuana Kansas lawmaker: African Americans more susceptible to drug abuse because of “genetics”

Published: Jan 8, 2018, 5:11 pm • Updated: Jan 8, 2018, 5:13 pm By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post A Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives is facing criticism this week after arguing that illicit drugs are illegal in part because of “the African Americans” and their predisposition to drug…

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Sessions: Softened approach to drug enforcement led to surge in drug abuse and violent crime

Published: Jun 19, 2017, 8:21 am • Updated: Jun 19, 2017, 8:23 am By Jeff Sessions, Special To The Washington Post Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can’t, and don’t, file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the…

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NFL drug policy drama: Cowboys’ Randy Gregory gets one-year ban for substance abuse

Published: Jan 6, 2017, 7:17 am • Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 5:25 pm By Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press FRISCO, Texas — Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended for at least a year Thursday for another violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. It’s the third time this season Gregory…

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‘But this is just drug abuse and it’s not medicine’: Arkansas medical marijuana opponents launch first TV ad

Published: Oct 20, 2016, 9:09 am • Updated: Oct 20, 2016, 10:57 am By Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Opponents of medical marijuana initiatives in Arkansas launched a TV ad Wednesday claiming competing proposals on the November ballot would lead to drug abuse, while two state…

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Study: Opioid Abuse Rates Lower In Medical Marijuana States

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Rates of prescription opioid abuse are significantly lower in jurisdictions that permit medical marijuana access, according to data reported by Castlight Health, an employee health benefits platform provider. Investigators assessed anonymous prescription reporting data from over one million employees between the years 2011 and…

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Congressman Blumenauer: Medical Marijuana Could Help Solve Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Today, on the House floor, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) addressed the serious opioid abuse epidemic across America, highlighting medical marijuana as an alternative to highly addictive prescription opioids in treating chronic pain. In his remarks, Representative Blumenauer called for further reforms to our medical marijuana laws, including making sure our…

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