Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US CT: Medicinal Marijuana Urged To Help Combat Deadly Opioid

    Hartford Courant, 26 Feb 2018 - People who were addicted to opioids and those who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses offered emotional testimony Monday urging state officials to approve medical marijuana as an alternative painkiller that could help halt Connecticut's deadly opioid epidemic. "My passion and drive to achieve this is fueled by my personal experience battling pharmaceutical drug addiction solely with the use of cannabis," Cody Roberts of Seymour told the state Board of Physicians, which is charged with approving conditions for the state's medical marijuana program. Roberts testified he's lost eight friends in the past year to opioid overdoses, and has been addicted himself.
  2. US CT: Public Hearing On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    Hartford Courant, 16 Feb 2018 - In a change from the past, the legislature's general law committee will hold a public hearing on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. In a change from the past, the legislature's general law committee will hold a public hearing on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. (Getty Images)
  3. US CT: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Would Be Costly To State And

    Hartford Courant, 15 Feb 2018 - Opponents of recreational marijuana legalization in Connecticut argued Thursday it would cost the state more than it would collect in tax revenue. Legalization would cost the state $216 million in 2020, "far outweighing even the rosiest tax projections," a report released Thursday by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a group dedicated to stopping the legalization of marijuana, says.
  4. US CT: UConn Study: Teenage Pot And Alcohol Use Can Reduce Success

    Hartford Courant, 06 Nov 2017 - Teens who use a lot of marijuana and alcohol are less likely to have a full time job when they grow up, or to get a college education or get married, according to a new study by University of Connecticut researchers. The study of 1,165 young adults from across the U.S. also found that dependence on pot and booze may also have a "more severe effect on young men" than on young women.
  5. US CT: Police: Shootings That Left 2 Dead Were Drug-Related

    Hartford Courant, 25 Sep 2017 - Two men were killed in Hartford in a few-hour span Friday into Saturday. Six people were shot, two fatally, in separate narcotics-related shootings in Hartford Friday night and Saturday morning, police said.
  6. US CT: Oped: Should Parents Lie About Smoking Pot?

    Hartford Courant, 07 Jul 2017 - "Hey, Mom. Have you ever smoked weed?" The only question perhaps trickier than this would include either algebra or an unwanted marriage proposal. I kind of thought I didn't have to worry anymore about getting asked this question. The teen questioner and I had just sat down to lunch at Plan B with his grandmother. It totally threw me off.
  7. US CT: As Marijuana Debate Continues, A Little Girl's Life Is Changed

    Hartford Courant, 04 Jul 2017 - There are good days for West Tarricone. Days when she can laugh and live like any other 9-year-old. Days when she can play with her brother, Blake, and watch "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on her iPad. But there are also bad days. Days when her body weathers 100 seizures. Days when it has closer to 1,000 - some lasting more than 90 minutes.
  8. US CT: Oped: Forum: Clergy Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol

    New Haven Register, 29 Jun 2017 - As clergy, we write in support of proposals to tax and regulate marijuana in Connecticut. It may seem counterintuitive for a rabbi and a minister to adopt this view. We believe, however, that people of faith have a special responsibility to speak about what policies serve our communities best. Of course, we recognize that marijuana should not be used by youth and can become addictive for some individuals at any age. Given these realities, our focus must be not to prohibit all use, but to respond in the most effective way to the possibility of abuse. Regulation and education - not prohibition - are the best path. We learned this a long time ago concerning alcohol.
  9. US CT: Malloy Announces Legislative Proposals To Help Curb Opioid

    Hartford Courant, 26 Jan 2017 - [photo] This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. (Toby Talbot / AP) Flanked by commissioners from a half-dozen state agencies, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced legislative pointed at prescription drugs, a dangerous pathway to opioid addiction.