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How Jeff Sessions’ Decision on Marijuana Could Affect Georgians

By Hawkins Spizman |

The federal government has, at least once, claimed that marijuana has no medical benefit. Studies have shown otherwise. A father in Georgia has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, namely Attorney General Jeff Sessions, alleging that the government’s classification as marijuana as a Schedule I substance is preventing some who need it from… Read More »

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Can I Go to Jail for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Most people are aware that it is generally illegal to possess non-prescription narcotics and other illicit drugs. If the police find you with heroin, cocaine and even marijuana, you could be looking at jail time. But what about possessing tools and instruments, otherwise known as paraphernalia, related to those drugs? Read on to discover… Read More »

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Marijuana Has Been “Decriminalized” in Atlanta. What’s That Really Mean?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Until just last week, those in possession of small amounts of marijuana in Atlanta faced jail time. Even less than an ounce could land you behind bars. Thanks to a new city ordinance, any person in Atlanta that is caught with less than a single ounce of marijuana won’t be facing any time in… Read More »

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When It Comes to Weed, the Federal Government Still Rules

By Hawkins Spizman |

Across the country, marijuana laws are trending toward the liberal. Marijuana is being permitted for medicinal use and, in some states, recreational use. In fact, 44 states as of 2017 have legalized the use of the herb for medicinal purposes. In other states, having a small, personal amount of marijuana on your person is… Read More »

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Dangerous Fentanyl Sweeping Over the Country

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you work in human or animal medicine, you may have been familiar with fentanyl before it hit the news for all the wrong reasons. The drug is a powerful pain reliever, used for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Fentanyl must be dosed accurately, and only by a medical professional. However, the powerful drug is… Read More »

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Georgia Expands Medical Marijuana Laws

By Hawkins Spizman |

Governor Nathan Deal signed a new law into effect last Tuesday, expanding the medical marijuana program within the state. Senate Bill 16, now law, named six more conditions as eligible to be treated with medical marijuana. These conditions are: Tourette’s syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, epidermolysis bullosa and AIDS. Medical marijuana, in the… Read More »

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Can I Share My Adderall?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Adderall was initially released in 1996 and since, prescriptions for the drug have reached record numbers. For every one person that was prescribed the drug when it was released, there are three patients currently being prescribed the medication. Originally released as a means of treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, demand for the… Read More »

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The Dangers of Driving While High

By Hawkins Spizman |

Georgia has seen an increase in the number of people who have been arrested for driving while high in recent years. The number of drivers charged with driving under the influence after being suspected of being high behind the wheel is up 20 percent in the past five years. Many states who are seeing… Read More »

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A Brief Look at Federal Drug Classification

By Hawkins Spizman |

Drugs, certain chemicals and some substances are divided into categories. These five categories are divided in such a way that each drug in the category has the same acceptable medical use, potential for abuse and possible dependency. The most important factor in determining which category a drug will be placed in is its potential… Read More »

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