Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

(CNN)Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana’s production, sale and consumption in December 2013. Although the Canadian government had initially stated its intent to implement by…

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Ireland has changed utterly: the cruel eighth amendment is history | Ivana Bacik

An end to our 35-year struggle for safe, legal abortion is at last in sight, writes senator and campaigner Ivana Bacik Ireland has spoken and we have made history. The clause inserted into our constitution in 1983 that bestowed on the unborn a right to life equal to that of…

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Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids

(CNN)Dear Honorable Jeff Sessions, I feel obligated to share the results of my five-year-long investigation into the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Before I started this worldwide, in-depth investigation, I was not particularly impressed by the results of medical marijuana research, but a few years later, as I started…

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Extra glass of wine a day ‘will shorten your life by 30 minutes’

Drinking is as harmful as smoking, and more than five drinks a week lowers life expectancy, say researchers Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected…

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Marijuana legalization could help offset opioid epidemic, studies find

(CNN)Experts have proposed using medical marijuana to help Americans struggling with opioid addiction. Now, two studies suggest that there is merit to that strategy. The researchers found that states that allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes had 2.21 million fewer daily doses of opioids prescribed per year under…

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CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

(CNN)California’s insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. The California probe centers on a deposition by Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, who served as…

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