California Set to Regulate Medical Marijuana – Finally

Medical-Cannabis1Nineteen years after voters made California the first state to legalize medical marijuana, lawmakers in the Golden State appear poised to finally pass legislation regulating the industry.

Until now, the state’s medical cannabis providers have operated in somewhat of a legal gray area. Many dispensaries are licensed by municipalities, but none have been officially blessed with a state license. Read more

Is Value Options Insurance cover substance abuse treatment?

causes-of-drug-addiction-300x199The majority of individuals with alcoholism or drug addiction are resistant to get treatment, due to their inability to recognize and accept that they have a problem. Many families opt for intervention to help their loved one to identify and to agree that they require professional assistance.

If you have concerns about your loved one who is currently taking drugs or abusing alcohol, speak to a Substance Abuse Professional at the treatment center, that provides a comprehensive program for individuals with drug or alcohol addiction problem. A health care provider will be able to give you an adequate advice, and furnish a basic idea of how to approach this matter.

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Amphetamine, Cocaine Usage Increase Risk Of Stroke Among Young Adults

2aa7919b8f62e2d9ec117734e2755ecfIncreasing rates of amphetamine and cocaine usage by young adults significantly boost their risk of stroke, with amphetamine abuse associated with the greatest risk, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report.

In the study, available online in the Archives of General Psychiatry, UT Southwestern physicians examined more than 8,300 stroke patients – ranging in age from 18 to 44 – at more than 500 Texas hospitals in the years 2000 through 2003.

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How is a Pro-Pot State Keeping

colorado_marijuana_14318288Colorado – One of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana is taking steps to keep teens from using the drug.

Colorado, in its second public service campaign since pot became legal at the start of 2014 for people over 21, was careful this time to not vilify the drug. Instead, after Health Department officials talked with more than 800 minors through focus groups, school visits, and phone interviews to help craft the campaign, the ads seek to send the message that marijuana use early in life can stymie a child’s potential. 

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The cost of Colorado weed

colorado_marijuana1It’s been a little over a year since Colorado began allowing stores to sell marijuana for recreational use and the market continues to grow rapidly. But there are clouds (ahem) on the horizon.

Nicholas Colas and his team at Convergex, a global brokerage company based in New York, surveyed a number of marijuana stores in Colorado last week to get a better picture of the state of the nascent market.

What they found was that prices are declining faster than some had expected, while the number of people visiting the stores has increased.

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