Aaron Kase

America's Nutty Drug Warriors Going After African Immigrants for Choosing a Stimulant That Isn't Coffee

Three Maasai men sit near the back of an open-air restaurant and nightclub outside Bisil, Kenya, a small town about 100 kilometers south of Nairobi. A pile of small leafy sticks rests on the table in front of them.

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Delivering Medicine (Marijuana?) By Drone?

Soon, drugs could be falling from the sky in San Francisco. A startup named QuiQui has unveiled a plan to start delivering prescription medication via drone in the Mission District.

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Girl Scouts Outlaw Cookie Sales Outside of Pot Shops

Girl Scout cookies are a great way to satiate the munchies, or so implies the name of the popular Girl Scout Cookie strain of medical marijuana. But there is no official connection between the Girl Scouts of America and the pot trade, and thanks to a new policy by the youth group disallowing sales outside of pot dispensaries in the state, marijuana customers hungry for Girl Scout cookies in Colorado will have to walk a little out of their way to get their Thin Mints and Samoas.

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Marijuana Might Stop the Spread of HIV

Marijuana may be able to slow immune tissue damage in HIV patients, a new study has found. Doctors can already recommend cannabis to HIV and AIDS patients in medical marijuana states to combat nausea, weight loss and pain, and there is a pharmaceutical THC derivative available to patients in all states. Now evidence from this and previous studies suggests that marijuana could actually be effective in combating the underlying disease.

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Obama Says Easing Marijuana Restrictions a Job for Congress - But That's Just Not True

President Obama continued to hint this week that he might support loosening federal marijuana policies, although he inaccurately claimed it was the responsibility of Congress to initiate such a change.

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Ibuprofen Can Kill Pot Buzz, Research Reveals

Ibuprofen is great for squashing a headache. Turns out, the pain medication can also block a marijuana high, which can be either a bummer or a benefit depending on your perspective.

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Can Smoking Pot Be Considered a Form of Free Speech?

The latest front in the battle for rationalized drug laws is in downtown Philadelphia, where an activist facing a federal trial for marijuana possession asserts that he was smoking as a constitutionally protected method of political expression.

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Johnson & Johnson $2.2 Billion Settlement Just a Slap on the Wrist

When profit is the name of the game, why let teenage boys growing breasts or elderly nursing home patients suffering strokes stand in the way?

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What Is It Going to Take for America to Turn into a Marijuana User's Paradise?

Imagine a country where any adult could use marijuana for medicine, reflection, or just because they enjoy getting high, without fear of harassment or prosecution by police and politicians. That vision is a long way from becoming reality in America, but the country has in recent years taken enormous strides toward more rational and sensible marijuana policy, with more progress still to come.

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Public School Asks Parents to Pay $613 Per Student As Right-Wing Governor Destroys Public Education With Insane Defunding

Want to see a public school system in its death throes? Look no further than Philadelphia. There, the school district is facing end times, with teachers, parents and students staring into the abyss created by a state intent on destroying public education.

On Thursday the city of Philadelphia announced that it would be borrowing $50 million to give the district, just so it can open schools as planned on Sept. 9, after Superintendent William Hite threatened to keep the doors closed without a cash infusion. The schools may open without counselors, administrative staff, noon aids, nurses, librarians or even pens and paper, but hey, kids will have a place to go and sit.

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