Tag Archives: Medical Marijuana

Debate on Charging Woman with Breast Feeding while Drunk

A North Dakota woman recently pleaded guilty to child-neglect charges after prosecutors accused her of breast-feeding her infant while drunk, but the case has prompted debate over the legality and wisdom of the charges, the Associated Press reported July 7. …

FDA Strengthens Warnings on Pain Medications Containing Propoxyphene

Manufacturers of pain-relief medication containing propoxyphene — such as Darvon and Darvocet — must emphasize the potential risk for overdose by strengthening warning labels on the drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced July 7. The FDA also ordered …

New Florida Law Protects Informants

The murder of a young Florida woman acting as an informant in a drug case has led to legislation protecting confidential informants, the Tampa Tribune reported June 30. The new Rachel’s Law was named for Rachel Hoffman, a 23-year-old who …

House Budget Draft Would Clear Way for D.C. Medical Marijuana Vote

The financial services subcommittee of the U.S. House appropriations committee has removed a ban on the District of Columbia using federal or local funds to legalize marijuana or to reduce penalties for its possession or distribution, the Washington Examiner reported …

Study: Cognitive Functions Can Recover After Methamphetamine Use

Researchers at the University of California at Davis reported that certain cognitive deficits resulting from methamphetamine use can be recovered, although recovery takes at least a year.  The researchers measured research subjects on their ability to direct their attention to …

Study: Tobacco Linked to Brain Damage

New research has found a direct link between tobacco use and brain damage, Science Daily reported on June 23. Researchers led by Debapriya Ghosh and Anirban Basu of the Indian National Brain Research Center (NBRC) said that the compound NNK, found …

Researcher Decries Parental Permissiveness on Drinking

A Penn State researcher says that parents who let teens drink alcohol may be setting their kids up for binge drinking in college, but the study by Caitlin Abar of the school’s Prevention Research and Methodology Center makes no distinction …

More College Students Dying from Drinking, NIAAA Reports

Alcohol-related deaths, heavy drinking and drunk driving are all increasing among U.S. college students, according to a report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Alcohol-related deaths among college students ages 18-24 rose from 1,440 in 1998 …

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Conviction of Marijuana Advocate

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of prominent medical-marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal for growing the drug, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 12. Rosenthal was convicted of growing marijuana for a San Francisco dispensary in 2003, then retried …

Ft. Hood Commander Orders Dinner at Home to Combat Stress

Series: Drugs and the Military Soldiers on leave from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan have been ordered to get home for dinner by the commander of the Army’s Fort Hood, who is looking for ways to cut soldiers’ stress, …