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August 26th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

Study: Medical marijuana linked to fewer painkiller overdoses

(CNN) - States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Researchers looked at medical marijuana laws and death certificate data in all 50 states between 1999 and 2010. During that time, just 13 states had medical marijuana laws in place.

"We found there was about a 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on average after implementation of a medical marijuana law," lead study author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber said.


Filed under: Health • Marijuana • News
July 8th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

Berkeley to approve medical marijuana for low-income residents

It's official. Washington is now the second state where people can legally buy recreational marijuana. The demand is expected to be huge as business starts.

One reason: as of now, there are only 24 stores in a state of nearly 7 million people. And only one in the city of Seattle. But while Washington looks to cautiously bring pot to the masses, one California city - where marijuana is only available for medicinal use - is looking to give pot to the poor.

The Berkeley city council is expected to officially approve that plan Tuesday night.

Are they going too far?

CNN's Dan Simon has more.

Filed under: Business • Health • Marijuana • News
July 2nd, 2014
08:58 PM ET

Do U.S. drug laws apply differently to minorities?

Colorado is cashing in on pot. It's been six months since recreational marijuana became legal, and the state has already collected more than $11 million dollars in taxes.

While pot is bringing in millions in Colorado in most parts of the country, it can still land you in jail. Reports show black people are much more likely to be arrested for pot than whites.

So, are U.S. drug laws applied differently to minorities?

CNN's Jim Clancy has more.

Filed under: Justice • Marijuana • News • Politics
What's in your pot candy?
July 1st, 2014
09:16 PM ET

Deaths prompt Colorado regulators to push for restrictions on pot edibles

Colorado's pot market is about to get a lot bigger.

Starting Tuesday, anyone can apply for a license to open a recreational marijuana business.

For the past six months, only medical marijuana shops could apply to sell pot to the masses.

As the pot industry expands, there are growing concerns about public safety, especially when it comes to edible products. A pot brownie or cookie may contain nearly a dozen doses of marijuana.

Officials are trying to push restrictions because, in some cases, the consequences can be deadly. CNN's Ana Cabrera has more.

Filed under: Colorado Pot • Marijuana • News
June 20th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

Pope Francis says "no" to marijuana legalization

The Pope is speaking out against the worldwide trend toward legalizing recreational drugs.

He calls it a very, very bad idea.

Pope Francis says he opposes making recreational drugs legal

At a drug enforcement conference in Rome, Pope Francis said, "drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise."

Outfront, CNN Religion Commentator Father Beck, Senior Editor of Reason Magazine Brian Doherty and Former Senior Drug Policy Advisor to President Obama, Kevin Sabet.

Filed under: Marijuana • News • Pope Francis
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