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02.03.17

The Cannabis Update: Germany legalizes for medical use while scientists in the USA analyze existing scientific evidence

By Fernanda Alonso

Germany joins the growing cannabis experiment   On January 19th, Germany joined the growing list of countries who have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the German Parliament after being first approved by the country’s cabinet in May 2016, will come into effect March 2017. The law allows doctors to […]

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12.09.16

Legal cannabis: what we know and what is soon to come

By Fernanda Alonso

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about what the results of the cannabis ballot initiatives could mean for legalization in the U.S.. I mentioned that although four new states legalized cannabis for personal use, it will be a couple of years until we see these fully implementing their regulated markets. However, while we […]

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11.16.16

2016 Elections: a tipping point for cannabis legalization?

By Fernanda Alonso

On November 4th, during a Bill Maher interview with President Obama, Obama acknowledged that federal prohibition could begin to crumble if the five states voting on cannabis legalization for personal use approved the initiatives. In his words “The good news is that after this referenda, to some degree it’s going to call the question. Because […]

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10.11.16

Welcome to America’s opioid epidemic: where more people are hooked on prescription painkillers than tobacco

By Fernanda Alonso

Two weeks ago, CNN released a great informative guide to American on drugs. After reaching out to every state for the latest statistics on drug deaths, they found that drug deaths continue to rise rapidly in many states, especially deaths due to overdoses. Drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in this country, having […]

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10.11.16

Welcome to America's opioid epidemic: where more people are hooked on prescription painkillers than tobacco

By Fernanda Alonso

Two weeks ago, CNN released a great informative guide to American on drugs. After reaching out to every state for the latest statistics on drug deaths, they found that drug deaths continue to rise rapidly in many states, especially deaths due to overdoses. Drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in this country, having […]

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09.01.16

Soda tax successfully puts Berkeley's sugary drink consumption well below its Bay Area neighbors

By Fernanda Alonso

Berkeley’s soda tax, which passed in a landslide victory in November 2014, was the nation’s first “soda” tax to pass. The tax, a penny-per-ounce tax paid by distributors of sugary drinks, applies to soda, fruit drinks energy drinks, and sugary coffee syrups. Now, the results of most measures to decrease use of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and […]

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09.01.16

Soda tax successfully puts Berkeley’s sugary drink consumption well below its Bay Area neighbors

By Fernanda Alonso

Berkeley’s soda tax, which passed in a landslide victory in November 2014, was the nation’s first “soda” tax to pass. The tax, a penny-per-ounce tax paid by distributors of sugary drinks, applies to soda, fruit drinks energy drinks, and sugary coffee syrups. Now, the results of most measures to decrease use of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and […]

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08.08.16

Vaping flavor: dangerous trends in youth consumption of e-cigarettes

By Fernanda Alonso

This post was written by Irene Cuellar Araiza and Fernanda Alonso  Currently, we are experiencing a new phenomenon with youth consumption of e-cigarettes all around the United States. For the second consecutive year, e-cigarettes were the most popular product among youth. FDA’s newest statistics indicate that more than 3 million middle and high school students […]

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07.07.16

Two years and counting: cannabis legalization efforts are starting to paint a clearer picture

By Fernanda Alonso

By Philipp Nagel and Fernanda Alonso  A month ago, rumors spread that the DEA was about to reschedule cannabis from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug in the Controlled Substances Act. Even though this rescheduling would not have many impacts in terms of legalization, it would allow derivatives of cannabis to be made available […]

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06.15.16

A healthy dose of film at AFI DOCS Festival

By Fernanda Alonso

AFI DOCS, the nation’s capital’s biggest documentary film festival is back! This year, the festival created by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel in order to showcase the best in national and international documentaries, will run from June 22-26 in multiple venues in DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.  The festival has been providing us […]

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