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U.S. officials make huge drug bust

Federal authorities made what they called one of the largest methamphetamine busts in U.S. history last week, finding more than 5,528 pounds of the drug inside a semitrailer that crossed from Mexico at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego.

Agents also found more than 127 pounds of fentanyl inside the commercial truck, which had California license plates and was being driven by a Mexican citizen, authorities said.

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High potency weed linked to psychotic episodes, mysterious vomiting illness in young users

One day in fall 2018, Bo Gribbon began to vomit and couldn’t stop. He threw up multiple times an hour from morning to night before his mother drove him to the hospital near their home here.

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ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY ON THE SCIENCE AND IMPACT OF CANNABIS

A group of doctors from around the world recently formed a new and unique medical organization that aims to take the politics out of cannabis and focus solely on research regarding the short- and long-term effects of its use. The Marijuana Prevention Initiative (MPI) of San Diego County hosted a news conference in May to introduce the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC). The non-partisan nonprofit is a medical organization of doctors who educate on cannabis based on the scientific and medical literature. The group was created to facilitate informed decisions when considering cannabis policy and law.

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Juul to pay $40m in US lawsuit over teen targeting claims

E-cigarette maker Juul has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a US state that accused the firm of marketing its products to young people.

Juul will pay $40m (£29m) to North Carolina over six years and will change its advertising in the region.The vape pen manufacturer did not, however, admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. A Juul spokesman said: "This settlement is consistent with our ongoing effort to reset our company.

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