Drinking and Drugs

Marijuana in America : Instant Guide
A study finds that kids who start smoking marijuana early smoke three times as much and twice as often as those who start later.

Marijuana and kids: The risks of starting young

A new study says that people who start smoking pot when they're under 16 are more likely to suffer brain impairment than "late-onset" users

Marijuana in America : Fact Sheet
Dutch police offers get a whiff of what marijuana really smells like with a scratch-and-sniff card.

The marijuana wars: The Netherlands' scratch-and-sniff strategy

Authorities in the Netherlands are handing out small cards that smell like marijuana in a novel attempt to crackdown on cannabis cultivation. How will this help?

Marijuana in America : Opinion Brief
Though California's Prop 19 failed to pass, Sacramento and Rancho Cordova have both voted to start taxing marijuana when it does become legal.

Legalizing marijuana: The drive for 2012

California's Prop 19 went down to defeat. But pro-legalization activists are already gearing up for the next big battle

Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
Alcohol scored a rating of 72 in overall harmfulness, a new study finds, compared with 55 points for heroin and 54 for crack.

Alcohol: More dangerous than heroin?

British researchers say alcohol does more harm to society than heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, and ecstasy

Marijuana in America : Opinion Brief
Both major political parties as well as the two candidates for governor were against the vote to legalize marijuana in California.

Why did Prop 19 fail? 6 theories

California's ballot initiative to legalize marijuana attracted loads of international attention and celebrity support. So why didn't it pass?

Marijuana in America : Opinion Brief
Ryan Landers uses medical marijuana to curb stomach pains associated with his 15-year HIV/AIDS battle.

Marijuana activists vs. Prop 19?

Many who battled for years to legalize the drug for medicinal use have come out against the ballot measure that would decriminalize its recreational use. Why?

Marijuana in America : Opinion Brief
Zach Galifianakis lights up a joint on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" after saying that "maybe people see [marijuana] as taboo still."

Zach Galifianakis' 'dramatic' Prop 19 endorsement

The popular comic lights up a joint on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' during a discussion of Prop 19. Was that a good idea?

Marijuana in America : Best Column
Californians may be split, but 26 out of the state's 30 major newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, are decidedly against Proposition 19.

Why the media doesn't want Prop 19 to pass

Nearly all of California's major newspapers are opposing marijuana legalization, says Radley Balko in Reason. What happened to the media's liberal bias?

Marijuana in America : Audio
A marijuana break during the work day? That could be the future for California workers, according to this ad, if the state approves Proposition 19.

California's 'paranoid' anti-marijuana radio ad

The California Chamber of Commerce uses some old-school scare tactics in its efforts to sway voters on Prop 19, but claims it's just providing a reality check

Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
In a statement, Four Loko owners say "consuming caffeine and alcohol together has been done safely for years."

Time to ban 'Blackout in a can' drink Four Loko?

The boozy energy beverage is too dangerous to keep on the shelves, say critics. Is government regulation the answer?

Marijuana in America : Best Column
George Soros became the largest donor to the Prop 19 campaign after Richard Lee, a medical marijuana entrepreneur, who gave $1.5 million to the cause.

Why George Soros wants to legalize marijuana

Criminalizing pot didn't get us anywhere, says George Soros in the WSJ. California's Prop. 19 represents a big step in the right direction

Marijuana in America : Opinion Brief
Prop 19 voters: Is this bud for you?

Will California's Prop 19 pass?

The trailblazing pot-legalization measure remains a close call in the polls. Which way will Golden State voters go?

Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
More likely to tipple in the future?

Why do smart kids grow up to be heavier drinkers?

A pair of new studies suggests a correlation between intelligence and a thirst for alcohol. What's the connection?

Marijuana in America : Forecast
California's Prop 19 would be the most permissive marijuana law in the nation. A medical marijuana dispensary in L.A. is pictured.

Marijuana on the ballot: 6 states moving toward 'legalization'

Calfornia voters aren't the only ones considering loosening their state laws against pot possession next week

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
People who carry the "tipsy gene" get buzzed more easily ââ¬â but are also less likely to become alcoholics.

Get drunk easily? Blame your parents

A low tolerance for alcohol could be part of your genetic makeup, say scientists

Marijuana in America : The Bullpen
Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson: I smoke pot, and I like it

Will Wilkinson on the issues surrounding the legalization — and taxation — of marijuana

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