Sessions: Drug addiction starts with marijuana. Trump: Just say no

Published: Oct 27, 2017, 8:53 am • Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 8:53 am By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Speaking at separate events Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump delivered remarks on drug policy that matched messaging straight out of the 1980s. “We’ve got to re-establish first…

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$3.8 Million Federal Grant Given To Study Cannabis and Opiod Addiction

Federal Grant Permits Research On Effect Of Cannabis To Opioid Problem This week saw the National Institute of Health (NIH) receiving a federal grant of $ 3.8 million that will allow researchers to analyze the impact of medical cannabis on opioid use. The study, which will take five years, will…

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How Big Pharma is hindering treatment of the opioid addiction epidemic

Published: Aug 9, 2017, 1:08 pm • Updated: Aug 9, 2017, 1:08 pm By Robin Feldman, The Conversation “A crippling problem.” “A total epidemic.” “A problem like nobody understands.” These are the words President Trump used to describe the opioid epidemic ravaging the country during a White House listening session…

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New Mexico Health Sec rejects medical marijuana for opiate addiction, citing lack of scientific evidence

Published: Jun 16, 2017, 7:26 am • Updated: Jun 16, 2017, 7:32 am By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s top health official has rejected state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommendations to add opiate dependence and Alzheimer’s disease to the list of conditions that qualify a person to…

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Massachusetts sheriffs: Increase proposed marijuana tax, use money for addiction treatment

Published: Apr 25, 2017, 1:49 pm • Updated: Apr 25, 2017, 1:49 pm By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — Sheriffs urged state lawmakers Monday to boost the tax consumers will pay on recreational marijuana and earmark the additional revenue for substance abuse prevention and treatment. The proposal was…

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Sean Spicer correlated marijuana use to opioid addiction. Medical research is not on his side

Published: Feb 24, 2017, 7:49 am • Updated: Feb 24, 2017, 8:39 am By Derek Hawkins, The Washington Post The epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States has been well documented. A staggering 33,000 people died in 2015 from overdosing on prescription painkillers, heroin or similar drugs, on par…

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