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Recreational Substance Use

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  • Gwynn's death renews call for chewing tobacco ban

    Gwynn's death renews call for chewing tobacco ban
    NEW YORK -- The death of Hall-of-Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn from mouth cancer has renewed calls to end the use of chewing tobacco from its traditional place in the game. Gwynn, 54, died June 16 after two surgeries to remove malignant growths inside...
  • Experts to address teen drug use trends

    An Orange County Superior Court judge, Mission Hospital's emergency services director and a sheriff's deputy will discuss recent drug-use trends in Orange County at a public meeting May 12 in the Laguna Beach High School library. Laguna Beach Unified...
  • A step toward sanity on marijuana [Editorial]

    A step toward sanity on marijuana  [Editorial]
    In 2010, Baltimore City police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them — 11 percent of the total — were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of man-hours by Baltimore City police, Central Booking officials,...
  • Amid marijuana safety concerns, Colorado unveils pot vending machines

    LITTLETON, Colo. — In the posh resorts of Vail Valley, where celebrities are as common as the paparazzi who stalk them, a machine has suddenly stolen the limelight. Meet Zazzz, thought to be the nation's first identity-verifying marijuana...
  • Smoke weed, turn into a pothead? Not so fast.

    Los Angeles Times Opinion LA blogger Paul Whitefield argues that a just-released study reporting differences in the brain scans of marijuana consumers versus non-users may just validate the stereotype that those who ingest the substance become "potheads."...
  • Potential for heart attack, stroke risk seen with marijuana use

    Potential for heart attack, stroke risk seen with marijuana use
    Over a five-year period, a government-mandated tracking system in France showed that physicians in that country treated 1,979 patients for serious health problems associated with the use of marijuana, and nearly 2% of those encounters were with patients...
  • Student's death in Colorado raises questions on pot and health

    DENVER — It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is...
  • O'Malley should sign marijuana decriminalization bill [Letter]

    O'Malley should sign marijuana decriminalization bill [Letter]
    According to The Sun, Maryland legislators will pass a bill that would decriminalize possession of 10 grams or less of pot ("Assembly set to pass wage, marijuana bills," April 7). This is a breakthrough bill, especially promoted by the Black Caucus,...
  • Democratic congressman says he didn't mean to suggest he had smoked pot

    Democratic congressman says he didn't mean to suggest he had smoked pot
    WASHINGTON - It was a misunderstanding, it seems, but even in this era of looser marijuana laws, the prospect of a top congressman smoking pot was not taken lightly. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, seemed to suggest...
  • Deal to stiffen drug penalties gets positive reviews from MLB players

    Deal to stiffen drug penalties gets positive reviews from MLB players
    The agreement announced Friday between Major League Baseball and the players' union to stiffen penalties for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs was applauded by players who said they are tired of seeing the sport embarrassed by cheaters....
  • Up in smoke [Commentary]

    Up in smoke [Commentary]
    Last week, the Maryland Senate approved Senate Bill 364, which would "decriminalize" possession of marijuana. The Senate bill, which passed 36 to 8, would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and impose small civil...