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Legislation Allows People to Legally Consume Drugs Under Supervision of Staff Trained to Prevent Overdose

California Legislature to Consider Allowing Pilot Overdose Prevention Projects

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Legislation Allows People to Legally Consume Drugs Under Supervision of Staff Trained to Prevent Overdose and Provide Access to Drug Treatment   By Drug Policy Alliance — In Sacramento today, State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman and State Senator Scott Weiner reintroduced legislation to allow the City of San Francisco to pilot and evaluate an “overdose prevention site” program. These sites would allow drug users could consume illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine, or…

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Jasmine Ball, 33, lost her twin daughters who were born prematurely. Photograph: Talia Herman for the Guardian

Why are so many of San Francisco’s black mothers and babies dying?

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In one of the wealthiest US cities, the racial disparity in birth outcomes is stark: ‘Why isn’t this sounding a bigger alarm?’ By Leslie Casimir, The Guardian — Jasmine Ball was barely five months pregnant with twins when the labor pains jolted through her lower body. Rushed to the hospital, the doctors told her that her cervix had dilated completely. There was nothing they could do to stop the babies…

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Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

San Francisco Shows Nation Way Forward by Throwing Out Old Marijuana Convictions

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“While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular.” By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams — Just weeks after a California measure legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Wednesday that…

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