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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Can Marijuana Ease the Opioid Epidemic?

After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job.  Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana for one of 10 conditions, including her primary diagnosis, inflammatory bowel disease. Continue reading.
A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered Pennsylvania prisons to abandon a policy that automatically kept former death-row inmates in solitary confinement, in some cases for years after their capital sentences had been vacated. Continue reading
Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a measure that will license and regulate the popular ride-sharing industry, bringing to a close a tumultuous, three-year effort marked by threats from Uber executives they would pull out of New Jersey.  N.J. is now the 36th state to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing businesses. Continue reading.
In 2012, the U.S. added over 39 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to a pile of 33-foot-diameter one-metric-ton spheres stacked 2.3 miles high and 4.6 miles across. Continue reading
The targeting of election systems in Arizona and Illinois by Russian hackers last summer received a lot of media attention. But those were far from the only or even the most serious recent attacks on government computer networks, which are increasingly coming in the crosshairs of cyber criminals drawn by the sensitive data stored on those computers and the relatively lax security employed to protect them from being hacked. Continue reading
On any given day at the Salud Clinic, Lucrecia Maas might see 22 patients. They come to the community health center tucked away in an office park here needing cavities filled, prescriptions renewed and babies vaccinated. When they start to speak, it’s rarely in English. Sometimes it’s Hindi. Or Dari. Or Hmong. Or Russian. Continue reading.
The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is concerned about his “record of hostility” toward the Voting Rights Act and the enforcement of civil rights. Continue reading.
When she was 12, Logan began having suicidal thoughts. She started cutting herself and withdrew from her friends. She went from being a straight-A student to a failing one, and had to give up a coveted spot at her magnet school in Tennessee. Continue reading.
After President Trump signed executive orders last week to ramp up immigration enforcement, Democratic members of the state Senate on Tuesday made good on their promise to speed up legislation meant to strengthen protections for immigrants and religious minorities in California. Continue reading.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced new measures aimed at addressing the state’s growing opioid epidemic, including proposals to limit prescriptions for pain medications and increase prison terms for drug dealers convicted of distributing opioids that result in lethal overdoses.Continue reading.
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