S.O.S. Drug Policy Newsletter & Legislative Updates

Marijuana Threat Assessment, Part One: Recent Evidence for Health Risks of Marijuana Use

Thanks to advances in science, we have never known so much about the effects marijuana use has on the human body, particularly, the fragile brain. Yet, in a political era when scientific research is regularly marshalled to end public policy debates, the powerful, growing scholarship on marijuana has largely been ignored or dismissed. Indeed, marijuana use seems to be one of the glaring areas in modern life where wishful thinking reigns over rationality.

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Even ‘Medical’ Marijuana Has Dangers Says DEA

Sorry, pot pushers - your "medical marijuana" is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance. In a recent press release, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confirmed the dangers of allowing marijuana to be grown and used freely. Indeed, the detrimental health effects that come from a lack of regulation overshadow the "medicinal" benefits of marijuana...

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Obama Signs the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act

Published by The White House Statement by the President on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 Today, I signed S.524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 into law. This legislation includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic. Given the scope of this crisis, some action is better than none.…
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