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The Cannabis Update: Germany legalizes for medical use while scientists in the USA analyze existing scientific evidence

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Germany joins the growing cannabis experiment   On January 19th, Germany joined the growing list of countries who have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the German Parliament after being first approved by the country’s cabinet in May 2016, will come into effect March 2017. The law allows doctors to […]

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Legal cannabis: what we know and what is soon to come

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about what the results of the cannabis ballot initiatives could mean for legalization in the U.S.. I mentioned that although four new states legalized cannabis for personal use, it will be a couple of years until we see these fully implementing their regulated markets. However, while we […]

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2016 Elections: a tipping point for cannabis legalization?

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On November 4th, during a Bill Maher interview with President Obama, Obama acknowledged that federal prohibition could begin to crumble if the five states voting on cannabis legalization for personal use approved the initiatives. In his words “The good news is that after this referenda, to some degree it’s going to call the question. Because […]

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Prisons and Jails as Health and Labor Issues

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Public health, criminal justice, and economic justice are inextricably linked. Health in prisons and jails is a matter of ongoing public concern, as the vast majority of incarcerated people will return to the community at the end of their sentences. In this blog post, I want to draw further attention to incarceration as a public […]

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The Public Health of Private Prison Healthcare

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This post was written by Katie Gottschalk and Rebecca Reingold. On August 18th, the United States Justice Department declared its plan to end the use of privately run prisons. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates made the announcement after officials concluded that private prison facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those […]

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