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Court Bars Feds From Prosecuting Medical Pot Cases

A federal appeals court on Tuesday banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the federal agency to show that 10 pending cases in California and Washington state violated Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Court Bars Feds From Prosecuting Medical Pot Cases →

California Wheezing: Spike In Ozone Levels Causing Breathing Problems

LOS ANGELES — Southern California sunshine means sparkling beach weather, but this summer it’s contributing to a return of a traditional nemesis: smog. The enormous region that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Mojave Desert is having its worst summer air quality since 2009, regulators said Thursday. Huge wildfires have Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California Wheezing: Spike In Ozone Levels Causing Breathing Problems →

DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg said Thursday the decision is rooted Read More … Source:: … Continue reading DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana →

Program Uses Empathy to Combat Teen Sex Trafficking

It didn’t take Long Beach high school student Vanessa Hernandez long to realize that girls in her own school could be victims of sex trafficking. Hernandez recently took part in a daylong program in Southern California by iEmpathize, a nonprofit that’s teaching kids how to care and to speak Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading Program Uses Empathy to Combat Teen Sex Trafficking →

Gun Violence and Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper

For some people, the attack on police officers by a gunman in Dallas this summer brought to mind another attack by a sniper in Austin 50 years ago – on Aug. 1, 1966. That’s when student Charles Whitman stuck his rifle over the edge of the clock tower at the Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading Gun Violence and Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper →

Calif. GOP Convention Staffers Hit With Norovirus

CLEVELAND — Eleven members of the planning team for the California delegation to the Republican convention were recovering Tuesday from a bout of norovirus, or what’s commonly known as stomach flu, health officials said. No delegates appeared to be affected. The symptoms, which can include vomiting and diarrhea, were first reported Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Calif. GOP Convention Staffers Hit With Norovirus →

How Can You Tell If a Driver Is Stoned?

In a famous scene from the Coen brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski is cruising behind the wheel of his car, tunes blasting as he sips beer and smokes pot. In a classic stoner move, he tries to flick his lighted roach out the window – Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading How Can You Tell If a Driver Is Stoned? →

Soon You’ll Be Able to Smoke Pot at the Gym in San Francisco

NOVATO — A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out. Former running back Ricky Williams, who Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Soon You’ll Be Able to Smoke Pot at the Gym in San Francisco →

In Contra Costa, One Man’s Homeless Outreach Mission Comes to an End

F or the past dozen years or so, Doug Stewart has spent most of his nights in places most people would never choose to go. He treks through urban woodlands and along dark and dangerous train tracks in Contra Costa County, seeking the out-of-the-way places where those with no permanent shelter Read More … Source:: … Continue reading In Contra Costa, One Man’s Homeless Outreach Mission Comes to an End →

Some Women Tossing the Tampon for Reusable Menstrual Care

The more things change, the more they stay the same. About 70 years after the invention of disposable tampons and sanitary pads, some women — primarily millennials — are choosing environmentally friendly forms of feminine products. “I definitely would never go back to tampons. It’s a game-changer.” There’s Thinx, a reusable “period-proof” underwear Read More … Continue reading Some Women Tossing the Tampon for Reusable Menstrual Care →

California, Washington Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Implants

SEATTLE — Washington state and California sued Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday, saying that for years the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold to repair pelvic collapse. In the latest legal actions over the problem-prone devices, Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Kamala Harris of California Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California, Washington Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Implants →