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Legalizing Marijuana: Separating Fact from Fiction

Legalizing Marijuana: Separating Fact from Fiction

In addition to choosing a president this November 8th nine states have marijuana legalization on the ballot this election day. Just like the presidential election, misinformation abounds when it comes to marijuana and the effects its legalization would have on the states considering it. Here are a few of the most common myths associated with marijuana legalization and the truths they’re hiding.

Myth: Only recreational smokers want to legalize marijuana.

Reality: Medical marijuana is an effective treatment for a wide...
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Legalizing Marijuana in California: Information for Parents


Legalizing Marijuana in California: Information for Parents

It is likely that Proposition 64, which will legalize the use of recreational marijuana in California, will pass in November. At least, that is what most people expect.

As an addiction treatment provider, it matters little to me whether or not marijuana is legal or illegal. The drugs that people use and abuse are based largely on social norms, not legal status. When it is socially acceptable to use a substance, more people will choose that substance...
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Words Matter: How the Words You Use Can Decrease Anxiety

A healthy concern for your well-being can make you more likely to anticipate and effectively head-off possible threats. But taken to excess, worrying can make your days filled with anxiety and stress. What is a person to do?


One of the most effective ways to combat excessive anxiety is to build confidence in yourself. There will always be unexpected, difficult elements of life that you can’t change, like a sudden death in the family...
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