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World Health Organization: CBD Should Not Be Subject to International Drug Controls
GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 14 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release:

Use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) possesses no likely abuse potential and should not be subject to international drug scheduling restrictions, according to recommendations issued this week by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence.

Stated WHO: "Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions. Current evidence ... Show Full Article

Study: Retail Marijuana Access Laws Not Associated With Upticks in Teen Use
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Dec. 14 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release:

The enactment of statewide adult use marijuana regulations is not associated with increased trends of youth use, according to state-by-state data compiled by the US Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The report identified recent declines in rates of past year cannabis use by teens in most jurisdictions where adult use is legally regulated, including Colorado, the District of Columbia, Oregon, and Washington. Declines in the percentage of teens ... Show Full Article

Peorians Deserve Their Water Back
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following news release:

Illinois American Water is running a complicated show in the City of Peoria. They control the water system and they're charging residents twice as much as what customers of neighboring public systems pay and the U.S. average.

Water privatization in Peoria mirrors issues that towns all across the country run into when they sell a public resource to a privately owned corporation. Each time it means: losing transparency, accountability, management, and reliability. In sum, local residents have little say over the ... Show Full Article

Mississippi Workers Are Dying on the Job at One of the Highest Rates in the Nation
GREENVILLE, Mississippi, Dec. 14 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following news release:

Workers in Mississippi suffer high numbers of severe work-related injuries, and they face one of the highest workplace fatality rates in the nation, yet the government systems that are supposed to protect these injured workers are among the nation's worst, according to a report released today by the National Employment Law Project and the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights.

In fact, Mississippi has one of the highest on-the-job fatality rates of any state in the union. Yet workers ... Show Full Article

ICC Helps Persecuted Family With Housing, Small Business in Indonesia
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- International Christian Concern issued the following news release:

Christians in Indonesia face severe persecution at the hands of radical Muslims, sometimes the government, and even their family members. Many of them live in fear of attack or harassment because they have chosen to follow Christ. This was the case for Supriyani, a recently converted Christian woman, who was kicked out of her house by her parents after she decided to convert to Christianity.

She comes from a Muslim background, but married a Christian man who shared the Gospel with her. The family agreed ... Show Full Article

Hope for One of World's Rarest Primates: First Census of Zanzibar Red Colobus Yields Surprising Results
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, Dec. 14 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society issued the following news release:

A team of WCS scientists recently completed the first-ever range-wide population census of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirkii) an endangered primate found only on the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa.

The good news: there are more than three times as many Zanzibar red colobus monkeys (more than 5,800 individual animals) than previously thought, and many more monkeys living within protected areas than outside of them. And the bad news: survivorship of young animals ... Show Full Article

Feinstein Institute Uses Bioelectronic Medicine to Treat Lupus
MANHASSET, New York, Dec. 14 -- Northwell Health (formerly the North Shore-LIJ Health System) issued the following news release:

Researchers at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research are conducting a clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of bioelectronic medicine to treat pain associated with lupus, a chronic and potentially fatal autoimmune disease affecting upwards of 5 million people around the world. This pilot study will test the effect of an innovative, proprietary device, which emits electrical pulses through the patient's ear five minutes a day for four days.

Based ... Show Full Article