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07.17.17

Countering the negative public health impacts of the anti-vaccination movement

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was authored by Javier Saladich, a Summer Research Intern at the O’Neill Institute. Javier is a third year law student at ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona, Spain. Any comments or questions can be emailed to javier.saladich@esade.edu. In light of recent measles outbreaks in Europe and the United States and a […]

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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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08.27.16

The Public Health of Private Prison Healthcare

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Katie Gottschalk and Rebecca Reingold. On August 18th, the United States Justice Department declared its plan to end the use of privately run prisons. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates made the announcement after officials concluded that private prison facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those […]

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08.12.16

Faster, higher, sicker? Ending sugary drink and junk food sponsorship of the Olympic Games

By Sarah Roache

In the midst of a global epidemic of adult and childhood obesity, it is time for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reject sponsorship from manufacturers of junk food and sugary beverages and harness the power of the Olympic brand in support of health and longevity. Big food, big soda, big sponsorships At the 2016 […]

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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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04.12.16

Mexico’s first real attempt to legalize cannabis

By Fernanda Alonso

Last week, Mexican Senator Roberto Gil Zuarth, introduced a bill that would legalize cannabis, both for medical and personal use. This is only the last of a few drastic changes that Mexico has undertaken in recent months surrounding its marihuana policy. In the last six months, the Supreme Court has ruled on two cases on the issue. The […]

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