Amanda Reiman

Scientists Release Definitive Study: Marijuana Is a Medicine

On Thursday the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive review of research on marijuana and concluded that marijuana does indeed have medical value.

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Someone Was Arrested for Marijuana Every 45 Seconds in 2014

This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog.

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Don't Be the Next Person to Be Tricked by a Popular Online 'Legal' Medical Cannabis Scam

Dear Doctors,

I live in Oklahoma, where there is no access to medical cannabis. My 10 year-old son has epilepsy and I really want to try CBD. I did a Google search and came up with a bunch of sites that claim to provide CBD oil and that they will ship it to Oklahoma. Is this true? Is this the same CBD product I have heard about in the news?

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San Francisco's 420 Games Disrupt the 'Lazy Stoner' Stereotype

Jokes filled the crisp, foggy early morning air at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. “We’re all number 420! Is that so we don’t get confused?” joked a young man.

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94 Experts Agree: Addiction Is More Than a Brain Disease

The following originally appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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Dr. Oz Brings Reefer Madness Back to Daytime Television

This week, Dr. Oz had a segment on his show about cannabis, asking the question, is it addictive?

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I Stopped Smoking Pot, and I Didn't Go 'Gaga'

Lady Gaga has been in the news a lot lately, and not just because of her SNL hosting stint. She has been making claims that she was addicted to marijuana, using 15-20 joints a day.

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How Firing Teachers for Marijuana Could Widen the Race Gap in Education

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Behind a veiled claim of protecting the public, collateral sanctions continue to be heaped upon those arrested for using drugs. While these policies may be well intentioned, they are creating an inter-generational chain reaction that unjustly impacts entire communities for decades to come.

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3 Ways Bill O'Reilly's Drug War Rhetoric Is All Wrong

In a recent post to his syndicatd column, conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly asks the U.S. to please stop sending the wrong message about drug use. O’Reilly reminisces about the days of Just Say No and then goes off on a rant about the failures of other countries to stop drug use. Talk about people in glass houses! For many American children, drug use actually starts long before that first sip of beer, and the rates of youth drug use in the U.S. surpass use in most other industrialized nations. Given that, one has to wonder if O’Reilly himself is on drugs.

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Most Americans Want Feds To Respect State Pot Laws, But Whether They Will Is Up For Debate

Recently, the citizens of Colorado and Washington made a decision about how their respective states should regulate marijuana. Since then, the state and local governments have responded by ceasing arrests for those in compliance with the new laws, dismissing pending cases for marijuana offenses, providing new information to the public, and most importantly, certifying the results of the election so that the laws take effect.

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Legal Marijuana Is Good for Children and Other Living Things

When Michael Saffioti's mother suggested that he turn himself in to the Lynnwood Police Department for missing a court date related to a minor marijuana violation, surely she thought the 22-year-old would get a slap on the wrist. She could not have imagined that her son would not return from the police station. Saffioti struggled with a potentially fatal dairy allergy, experiencing great anxiety associated with the constant threat of a reaction. To calm his anxieties, he was using medical marijuana. Although he lived in Washington, which allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Saffioti did not have a recommendation from his doctor. After a few brushes with the law over his marijuana use, Saffioti missed a court date, and went to the police station with his mother, medical records in hand to resolve the issue. But, after one night at Snohomish County Jail, Saffioti died after being served a lethal meal of oatmeal containing dairy. Even more disturbing, Saffioti had told the guards he was having a reaction and they did not believe him, leaving him to die a slow death in his cell.

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Where Are the Bad Guys? Crackdown on Medical Pot Attacks the Sick and Working

The feds claim that the only victims in their crackdown on medical cannabis dispensaries are profiteering drug peddlers out to make money off of marijuana-hungry citizens. But what is more often the case is that hard-working staff, well-intentioned patients and entire communities end up on the losing end.

Imagine this:

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