Category: Health

California cannabis: Booming pot delivery businesses running afoul of law

Nearly two months after California legalized cannabis sales, the black market for marijuana continues to flourish as communities and law enforcement struggle to crack down on door-to-door couriers delivering cheaper, unregulated weed. Only 25 percent of the cannabis consumed in the state is purchased from government-approved brick-and-mortar retailers, according to a report released this week by the Cannabis Growers Association.…

The Frustrating Inadequacy of Antidepressants

In 1897, the French sociologist Émile Durkheim decided to study and compare the suicide rates of different religions. He found that Protestants were most likely to commit suicide, and Jews least likely. Durkheim chalked it up to the absence of clergy and confessions in Protestantism, which he believed promoted loneliness, as well as the religion’s do-it-yourself spirit. If you don’t…

Letter: State AG Becerra vows to protect patient drug data

The California Department of Justice must safeguard the rights and interests of nearly 40 million Californians. That’s why when it comes to requiring doctors to utilize a database containing sensitive, personal prescription drug information, we won’t sign off until we know it works and doesn’t leak (Editorial, Feb. 11). CURES puts patients’ personal information on the line. The updated system…

Pregnancy pioneer: California woman had twins at 53 and the world trolled her for it

Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. She laughs when her husband says, “She is so old … she babysat Abraham Lincoln.” Wait, there’s a better one, her husband says, before recounting the time a relative told his wife: “You’re not a cougar. You’re…

Bill would allow special needs students to use medical marijuana in California schools

SACRAMENTO — California minors with special needs or severe disabilities who rely on marijuana for medical purposes would be allowed to use the drug at their school under legislation introduced this week by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). The measure would allow a parent or guardian to administer the drug in the form of oil, capsules, tinctures, liquids or…