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1/4 of AIDS patients use medical marijuana

Via NORML:

San Mateo, CA: Approximately one out of four patients suffering from HIV has smoked marijuana within the past month to relieve symptoms of the disease, according to clinical findings published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Twenty-three percent of the 252 participants in the study responded […]

Update on Feds stepping on California’s laws

More details on the story I mentioned yesterday are available from Americans for Safe Access.

In a stunning display of duplicitous double dealing, federal agents yesterday seized two medical marijuana patients from a California state courtroom after the local prosecutor lured the couple’s defense counsel into the judge’s chambers to dismiss the state charges […]

New Drug Tests, Same Old Stupidity

Via TalkLeft:

Here we go….the federal government is overhauling the way it drug tests employees. It is moving from urine tests to saliva, hair testing and sweat tests. Major corporations are expected to follow suit. Here’s what’s planned:

Saliva testing, done using a swab that looks much like a toothbrush but with a pad […]

Venezuela Decriminalizes Drug Possession

Via Al Giordano’s BigLeftOutside:

The latest: a reform of the penal code that, while increasing penalties for drug traffickers like every other country, has just decriminalized possession. According to the oligarch’s daily El Universal, which leads its report in a panic over the reform’s simultaneous legalization of abortion and euthanasia, here’s what the new […]