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OPINION
June 6, 2007
Re "Not enough marijuana," editorial, May 31 One only hopes that the Drug Enforcement Administration sees the irony in Judge Mary Ellen Bittner's decision to allow for the private production of cannabis for government-approved research. While unfettered access to marijuana is only a phone call away for millions of U.S. teens, it remains out of reach for qualified researchers who wish to study its therapeutic utility in clinical trials. Chalk up another victory for America's misguided pot policies.
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OPINION
May 22, 2008
Re "Organ prospects go up in smoke," May 19 Transplant centers need to answer to science about denying organs to medical marijuana patients. Two studies, the latest released just last month at the University of Ottawa, have found that treatment with marijuana or cannabinoids actually helps hepatitis patients, perhaps because it helps them better tolerate their drug treatment regimens. This being so, denial of livers to marijuana patients would seem to constitute malpractice. Dale H. Gieringer San Francisco The writer is the California director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
NEWS
January 11, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Marijuana smoke does not damage lungs in the same manner as tobacco smoke, according to a study released Tuesday. But that conclusion probably will not change minds as to whether the drug should be legalized. The study found that smoking marijuana on an occasional basis does not appear to significantly damage the lungs. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the paper supports previous research that has also failed to find a link between low or moderate exposure to marijuana smoke and lung damage.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Although it's now legal to smoke weed in Colorado, you still can't secretly feed it to your classmates. Two University of Colorado Boulder students face multiple felony charges after the marijuana-laced brownies they brought to class put their professor in the hospital and sickened seven classmates, campus police said Sunday. November's voter-approved Amendment 64 made Colorado's marijuana laws some of the most relaxed in the nation, but Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, may not get much help from it. The pair have been arrested on suspicion of planning and intentionally committing second-degree assault and inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means.
NEWS
August 29, 1989 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
James W. Smith believes that California's marijuana laws are anachronistic and that the priority given to enforcement of those laws in this liberal college town is just plain dumb. He has already organized a political base and is busy collecting signatures to put an initiative on the Berkeley city ballot next June aimed at shaking up city officials' attitudes toward pot.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates' initiative to get billionaires to pledge at least half their wealth to charity signed on 11 new families with a variety of causes and interests. They causes they support include medical research, science museums, "Canadianism" and the legalization of marijuana. The list of billionaires joining the Giving Pledge initiative includes Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife, Betty; Progressive Corp. Chairman Peter B. Lewis; and Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin; according to a statement Tuesday from the campaign.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the first step Wednesday toward making New York the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, announcing plans to let some hospitals distribute the drug to patients with “serious illnesses.” The announcement in his state-of-the-state speech represents a shift for Cuomo, who had opposed legalizing the drug for any use. But most New Yorkers want their state to follow the lead of others that have...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1995 | ALAN EYERLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A seldom-used law to keep convicted drug offenders away from local parks was repealed by the City Council on Tuesday, avoiding a costly civil rights legal battle. The ordinance, possibly the only one of its kind in the nation, prohibited people convicted of certain drug-related crimes from entering any of the city's 40 parks for three years after their conviction or release from custody. The law was used four times since the council adopted it in 1993.
NEWS
December 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday refused to relax restrictions on marijuana. Administrator John C. Lawn, in an order published in the Federal Register, rejected a longstanding petition by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, known as NORML. Lawn's order means that marijuana will remain under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, rather than be placed in Schedule II, as the marijuana organization had asked in its petition.
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