Category: Health

The New Model for a Health-First Approach to Legalizing Weed

Recreational marijuana will no longer be a priority for Canada’s criminal justice system. This week the Senate passed legislation that will make the country the second in the world to strictly regulate weed—but technically legalize it—beginning in October. The first was Uruguay, so Canada is the first major economy, and an experimental model for the rest of the world that…

Separating Kids From Their Families Can Permanently Damage Their Brains

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to end the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, reversing his own administration’s policy after a national outcry. However, many immigrant children will likely still face great turmoil, beyond the stress of the immigration experience itself. According to the new rules, immigrant families can still be detained…

When a Child Says She’s Trans

Claire is a 14-year-old girl with short auburn hair and a broad smile. She lives outside Philadelphia with her mother and father, both professional scientists. Claire can come across as an introvert, but she quickly opens up, and what seemed like shyness reveals itself to be quiet self-assuredness. Like many kids her age, she is a bit overscheduled. During the…

Letter: Trump’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act will cost California’s small businesses

Efforts to undermine ACA will impact small firms Re: “Trump administration won’t defend the ACA” (Mercurynews.com, June 7): The Trump administration’s efforts to destabilize the Affordable Care Act will result in many of California’s small businesses paying more for health insurance next year. Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and more in your inbox weekday mornings. Sign up…