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Don’t worry, Mom, it’s not a bong; it’s art Culture 

Don’t worry, Mom, it’s not a bong; it’s art

Call it high art. A pop-up art gallery inside the Chateau Marmont hotel features a display of hand-blown, art-glass marijuana paraphernalia — and the price tags run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Grey Space Art, which will be at the hotel through Oct. 5, is the brainchild of a 22-year-old New Yorker named Benjamin Milstein, who said he amassed cash after investing in cannabis stock in 2013 two weeks before it became legal in Colorado. That sparked an interest in functional glass art in the form of bongs…

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Marijuana Makes a Play for the Runway, as Legalization Spreads in the U.S. Culture 

Marijuana Makes a Play for the Runway, as Legalization Spreads in the U.S.

“The marijuana industry never had room for professional design while stuck in the criminal sector,” Fast Co. noted recently. As such, stoner merch was, for decades, largely limited to cheesy t-shirts and stereotypically Rastafarian-inspired wares, but as marijuana is being legalized – or otherwise decriminalized – in various states in the U.S. (in accordance with state law, as it is still categorized as a controlled substance per federal law), an entire lifestyle movement is mounting around it. Read the full article

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Surviving an opioid overdose may depend on what your local police decide Culture 

Surviving an opioid overdose may depend on what your local police decide

In southwest Ohio, people die from drug overdoses at more than double the national rate. In the future, whether someone survives could hinge on what county they are in. The sheriff in Butler County this summer declared that his officers wouldn’t carry medication to reverse overdoses. In Middletown, a city of 49,000 that overlaps the county, a council member frustrated by ballooning costs went even further, suggesting ambulance crews shouldn’t have to save the lives of some people who have been revived before. Read the full article

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ASK DR. MITCH: HEALTHY HEADS Culture People 

ASK DR. MITCH: HEALTHY HEADS

Dr. Mitch Earleywine, the author of Understanding Marijuana and The Parents’ Guide to Marijuana, dishes on anxiety, crime, better meditation and CBD vs. THC. Can cannabidiol really help with anxiety? — Jess Stress Hi Jess, For starters, anxiety responds well to psychological treatments, so don’t hesitate to go to abct.org to find a good therapist. (A few sessions can work wonders!) Nevertheless, CBD has shown consistent anxiolytic effects in the lab. We first saw CBD taking the edge off THC-induced anxiety more than 30 years ago, so I’m sure it…

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5 WAYS CANNABIS-TAX DOLLARS IMPROVE LIVES Culture People 

5 WAYS CANNABIS-TAX DOLLARS IMPROVE LIVES

The revenue from state taxes on marijuana isn’t just improving infrastructure; it’s also improving lives. Here are five ways how. 1. Reducing Crime In 2016, Alaska passed a bill directing half of the proceeds from the state’s excise tax on commercial pot into programs intended to reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders. This year, $3 million in reefer revenue (projected to increase to $6 million in subsequent years) will bolster a fund to reduce recidivism rates by addressing the various issues associated with repeat offenses, such as substance abuse…

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