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Grab Bag of Addiction Links

Posted Nov 06 2013 1:37pm

Recent reading from around the net.


Can Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Coexist?
“The Washington State Liquor Control Board released recommendations for what to do with the state's medical marijuana system now that recreational marijuana is legal.” [Atlantic Cities]

Premature claims of a cannabis addiction "cure"
“Have scientists found a ‘cure’ for marijuana addiction? New treatment blocks the kick that users get from the drug,” reports the Mail Online. Based on the evidence presented in the study, which involved animals, the answer to the Mail’s question is 'not yet'. [NHS Choices]

Can Gambling Machines Prevent Addiction?
“Today's digital slot machines and poker screens in casinos and at online gambling sites are capable of amassing a wealth of behavioral data on individual players, and they are on the verge of altering game play on the fly.” [Scientific American Mind]

Food for thought: UF researcher’s book lays out evidence for food addiction
“For some, the famous potato chip slogan “Betcha can't eat just one” isn’t a wager — it’s a promise.” [University of Florida Health]

New Zealand’s bold experiment with regulating recreational drugs
“It’s been nearly a century since the United States began its experiment in prohibiting recreational drugs besides alcohol, caffeine and tobacco — and virtually no one sees the trillion dollar policy as a success.” [Reuters]

More Than 1,000 Meet in Denver to Develop Drug War Exit Strategy
“Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration's recent announcements about marijuana legalization and mandatory minimums really mean?” [Huffington Post]

This Is Why Social Media and Drinking Alcohol Don't Mix (Infographic)
“Engaging with peers and customers on social platforms can be dangerous. Doing so while you’re under the influence of alcohol is downright irresponsible. “ [Entrepreneur]

Economists Predict Marijuana Legalization Will Produce "Public-Health Benefits"
“In their 2012 book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know, Jonathan Caulkins and three other drug policy scholars identify the impact of repealing pot prohibition on alcohol consumption as the most important thing no one knows.” [Forbes]

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