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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 29, 2013/ 25 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Marijuana Moves Into the Mainstream

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When opinion shifts in modern America, the change can be like a flash flood. Three years ago, 54 percent of California voters rejected Proposition 19, which would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Last year, Colorado and Washington voters approved measures to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Last week, Gallup released a poll that found that 58 percent of Americans support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana -- a 10-point jump from one year ago. Sunday's New York Times reports that a template for how the two states will regulate marijuana may be found in California.

Since voters approved Proposition 215 to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, Adam Nagourney and Rick Lyman report, the requirements for getting a medical marijuana card "have been notoriously lax."

It turns out Prop 215 opponents were right and wrong.

The official ballot argument against Prop 215 argued that the measure was designed to "exploit public compassion for the sick in order to legalize and legitimatize the widespread use of marijuana in California." Clearly, some recreational users have gamed the system.

But they were wrong about the outcome. Despite dire warnings about Prop 215's shielding drug dealers and allowing unlimited quantities of marijuana to grow near schoolyards, medical marijuana doesn't seem to have increased teenage use.



A 2012 study found "little evidence of a relationship between legalizing medical marijuana and the use of marijuana among high school students." Researchers D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University and Daniel I. Rees of the University of Colorado examined the data in Los Angeles, where the number of dispensaries surged to more than 600 by 2010, and found teen usage to be no greater than in cities without medical marijuana dispensaries.

In a piece published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Anderson and Rees linked legal medical marijuana to a reduction in heavy drinking among 18- to 29-year-olds and a 5 percent decrease in beer sales.

The journal also published a counterpoint piece that found the evidence on marijuana use leading to less alcohol use was mixed and uncertain.

There are three things we know:

1) Alcohol abuse is more dangerous than marijuana abuse. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta found no documented case of death from a marijuana overdose. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 80,000 Americans die from excessive alcohol use each year.

2) Marijuana does have medical uses. That's why the California Medical Association recommends the legalization and regulation of cannabis.

3) The war on marijuana is a waste of money. When federal prosecutors go after medical marijuana dispensers, they are using a nuclear weapon to incarcerate people for using or distributing a nonlethal drug.

As Amanda Reiman of the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance put it, "prohibiting marijuana, prohibiting dispensaries, doesn't make marijuana go away."

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