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How Jeff Sessions’ Decision on Marijuana Could Affect Georgians


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 obtaining the "medication." Plaintiffs in the case say that the federal government has classified marijuana in the same category as LSD and heroin, both known to be highly addictive. The government has also failed to recognize that there are medical benefits to marijuana, leaving some who need...

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Can I Go to Jail for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

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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 more about how you could be charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and what penalties you may be facing. What Is Drug Paraphernalia? Drug paraphernalia describes items that are used in connection with illegal drugs. Paraphernalia may be used to distribute drugs or ingest them. Federal law says that...

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

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 the clink. In short, possession of small amounts of weed has been decriminalized. Mayoral candidate Kwanza Hall wrote the ordinance and introduced it to the city in March. After its passing, Hall said, "This is a moment of history for Atlanta. We have made positive progress." While...

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When It Comes to Weed, the Federal Government Still Rules

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 no longer a crime, carrying only small fines. In yet eight other states and the District of Columbia, having a small amount for personal use carries no penalty at all. No matter what state laws say, the federal government hasn't caught up. As we all learned in...

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Dangerous Fentanyl Sweeping Over the Country

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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 now being found outside of the hospital or clinic: It has moved to the streets all over the country. A photo was recently released by the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory that perfectly depicted the danger of fentanyl. They took a picture of two vials. One...

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Georgia Expands Medical Marijuana Laws

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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 form of a limited type of cannabis oil, was first made legal in 2015. Persons with severe forms of certain illnesses were permitted to possess no more than 20 ounces of the oil. Eight illnesses, including Parkinson's disease, cancer and epilepsy were covered under the law....

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Can I Share My Adderall?

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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 drug is high, in part due to its high potential for abuse. As many college students know, when you need to stay awake and alert, Adderall and similar drugs can help --- but can also be highly dangerous. Who Is Most Likely to Abuse Adderall? Abusers of Adderall,...

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The Dangers of Driving While High


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 this increase are turning to states like Colorado where marijuana has been legalized to see how officers are keeping the streets safe. Officers say that it is difficult to determine just how under the influence of marijuana someone is. Officers often rely on drivers themselves to speak...

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A Brief Look at Federal Drug Classification


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 for dependency. Here is a brief outline. Schedule I Schedule I drugs, chemicals and substances have no accepted medical use. They also have a high potential for abuse. Some of the drugs listed in this category are: heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, peyote and methaqualone. Schedule II Schedule II drugs, chemicals...

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