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Spurred by a pair of medical-marijuana regulation bills freshly signed into law by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, advocates in Colorado are eyeing a legalization push

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Here’s one way to separate the sick from the stoners: A California doctor is promoting a form of medical marijuana he claims is more therapeutic — but won’t get you high … Isn’t that special: Researchers say that frequent users of ketamine (a.k.a. Special K) can develop incontinence ? Professional poker players are renowned for their stamina and focus — but some may be using drugs to gain an edge at the table ? Yet another report finds fewer heart-attack hospitalizations after public smoking bans — this time in London ?

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Hospitals in the U.K. admitted about 100 fewer heart-attack victims each month after a ban on indoor smoking went into effect in July 2007, the

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The ability of poker players to stay at the table for hours on end is aided in many cases by the use of drugs, according

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The collected papers of William White, an important author and historian in the addiction treatment and recovery field, are now online in a new website devoted to his writings.

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Have you been ’iced’? Smirnoff says don’t blame us for the viral game … About half of Californians say they support marijuana legalization, but that may not be good news for supporters of the ballot question … New Jersey medical-marijuana backers say they’ll brook no delay in implementing a new state law … Relabeling loose cigarette tobacco as pipe tobacco has allowed the industry to avoid $250 million in taxes

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Just under half of California residents express some level of support for a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the state, according to a

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Offering both counseling and medication to alcoholics saves big bucks for society, a new study says … Seniors, prepare to be flattered: a new Indiana law requires retailers to check IDs of anyone buying alcohol, regardless of age … a Montana proposal to direct alcohol tax revenues to addiction treatment and prevention has fallen victim to the state’s budget crisis … Colorful cancer sticks: The tobacco industry is replacing terms like “light” and “mild” with new color schemes on cigarette packs

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The White House says that teens “understand and embrace” the Above the Influence (ATI) brand — the peer-oriented ads promulgated by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. But the campaign’s supporters want to focus the ads more tightly to local needs, and is calling on communities to engage teens in the “Influence Project” to “share their insights about the positive and negative influences they see around them and their approach to ’staying above it.’”

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Reclaiming Futures project is beginning to transition from the relatively secure world of foundation funding to the more arduous task of seeking multiple sources of support, but will have to find its way without the stewardship of longtime national program director Laura Nissen.

Nissen announced on June 7 that she plans to step down in May 2011 once a successor is in place, citing a desire to “concentrate on teaching and research in my role as a faculty member at the School of Social Work at Portland State University.”

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