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    Whatever happened to children trading friendship bracelets on the playground? Two fourth graders -- 10-year-olds, folks -- were busted for selling pot at their school's playground. The incident took place in Colorado -- where marijuana was legalized this year. It will probably not come as a major shock to learn how the tots got their hands on a small bag of weed: they simply swiped it from their relatives.

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    Somebody make it stop! Justin Bieber has been riding on an out-of-control train for months now, and every time we suspect he is about to slow down and get help, yet another report comes out that paints a really ugly picture of the singer. This time, Biebs and his entourage -- including his father, for Pete's sake! -- were reportedly "extremely abusive" to staff aboard a private flight from Canada to watch the Super Bowl in New Jersey and smoked so much marijuana the crew had to wear oxygen masks. They ignored the pilot's pleas to stop smoking, which would have been nice since the crew has to pass drug tests in order to stay licensed, and were so mean to a female flight attendant that she hid in the cockpit for most of the trip. 

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    Just days after Colorado legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, a 2-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital because she accidentally ingested a cookie that contained the drug. Aida Hernandez said she believes her toddler daughter picked up the treat, which looked brown, "like a chocolate chip cookie," outside of their apartment door. The mom claims she herself doesn't use marijuana, but that it's "everywhere" now that it's legal in her home state. Mom knew something was up when she noticed her child was opening and closing her eyes while asleep, couldn't walk well, and seemed weak. At the hospital, the girl tested positive for THC -- much to her mom's shock.

    Is this just the first of many more stories we can expect to emerge about the dangers of marijuana since its legalization in certain areas? 

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    How far would you go to help your child? What if you'd tried everything to help your child and nothing was working? Jason David knows that feeling. His son 6-year-old Jayden has Dravets Syndrome, a form of epilepsy that caused him to have almost constant violent seizures. Jayden was on 22 pills a day to try and control the seizures, but they got to the point where he couldn't eat, sleep, walk, or even go to the bathroom. Jason didn't know how long his son could hold on. He went to his doctor and said, "I don't know how long Jayden is going to last."

    That's when Jason decided to take matters into his own hands. He decided to try a liquid form of medical marijuana, which had had some success with seizures. It was a risk. Could Jayden even get worse? But he tried it. And it worked.

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    'Glee' star Cory Monteith is free again! 28 days of rehab completed. Check! Back into the arms of ever-supportive girlfriend Lea Michele. Check! Clean and sober. Check! (Of course, that's just a hope and assumption on my part.) Now it's smooth sailing and happy days forever, right? Well, not really. As any sober person can tell you, the days following rehab or the first month in a 12-step program are grueling for an addict. However, they're nothing compared to the 30 days that follow.

    Will Cory Monteith make it? Does he have what it takes to stay clean and sober this time?

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    Hey, man, can't sleep? Psst. C'mere. I got something for ya. Good stuff. Naw, man, this'll make you snooze like a baby. So went the conversation between actress Rachel McAdams and her grocer -- well, I'm making that conversation up, but it must have been pretty close. Because Rachel, for whatever reason, went to her grocer for advice about what to do to cure her insomnia. Maybe she was looking for vitamins or a homeopathic remedy or something. But instead her grocer gave her, well, an herb. A green herb. One with a distinctive skunky bouquet. Call it pot, call it weed, call it marijuana. But don't call it a remedy for insomnia, because the last thing Rachel got when she puffed up this funky bammy was sleep.

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    I wasn't particularly surprised to learn that the results of a second inquest into the tragic death of Amy Winehouse merely confirmed the original coroner's report: The 27-year-old singer died of alcohol poisoning. I was however, saddened. Again. Because Winehouse was young and talented and it's absolutely tragic that her life was cut short. But also because I can't help but feel that a common misconception contributed to her demise: That alcohol is somehow less dangerous than the other (illegal) substances Winehouse worked so hard to give up: Heroin. Crack cocaine. Marijuana. Yes, these drugs are illegal. Yes, alcohol is perfectly legal. But numbers don't lie: According to the statistics, alcohol is the deadliest substance of all.

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    Last week, my 10-year-old son walked in and proclaimed, "Well, I learned some pretty inappropriate stuff in class today." Like most fifth graders, my kid rarely complains about hearing something he's not supposed to, but as it turned out, he was right ... or was he?

    That day, a drugs and narcotics officer spoke to the class, which was all well and good. I'm sure I signed off on that lesson at some point. Though I don't recall signing off on a discussion that involved club drugs, pill parties, and roofies.

    Yep, you heard me. Apparently, this lesson covered everything from the usual substances to why you should never leave your drink unattended in a club. Really?

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    The cure for cancer may be a ways off, but a young biologist in Madrid identified a plant with quite a bit of promise at slowing the disease. Yes, it's the very same plant that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency considers at the top of its schedule of controlled substances: Marijuana. Cristina Sanchez found that aggressive brain cancer cells died every time they were exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana -- and other "cannabinoids." 

    Believe it or not ... This happened back in 1998. And ever since, mounting evidence all over the globe has concurred that marijuana shows major promise for slowing cancer growth -- even going so far as to directly attack tumors -- as well as manage many cancer symptoms (nausea, pain, loss of appetite, fatigue). 

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    The health news for pot smokers just keeps getting better. Last week, researchers released a study concluding that occasional pot users suffered no long-term effects in terms of memory and mental function -- and in some cases actually scored better on memory tests than people who said they didn't touch the potent weed -- when they hit middle age. This week comes more research that'll tickle those who take an occasional toke -- and bring them even more bragging rights, especially over cigarette smokers: According to a long-term study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, low to moderate marijuana use has no significant negative effect on users' respiratory health, especially not when compared to regular tobacco use. Yep, according to the latest research, smoking two or three joints a month isn't nearly as bad for your lungs as puffing your way through eight or nine cigarettes a day.

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