Physician Group Supports Federal Decriminalization, Regulation of Marijuana

A group of doctors and academics are calling on the federal government to decriminalize marijuana use for both medical and recreational uses.


First Charges Filed Against Officials Behind the Flint Water Crisis

Three officials have been charged for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis, and many more people are expected to face charges.


USDA Won’t Pay 2 Idaho Families over Pesticide Contamination Cases

The USDA has rejected claims filed by 2 Idaho families who claim their cows were poisoned after eating hay contaminated with methyl bromide.


Farmers Sue USDA for Appointing Unqualified Individuals to Organics Board

The Cornucopia Institute and 2 of its members have filed a lawsuit against the USDA and Tom Vilsack, alleging unqualified individuals were appointed to determine what is “organic.”


Pennsylvania Becomes 24th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

After more than 2 years, much political infighting, and numerous changes, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill into law.


Will the DEA Choose to Reschedule Marijuana this Summer?

The DEA could reschedule marijuana this summer, in spite of agency head Chuck Rosenberg, who said in November that weed is “bad and dangerous.”


Medical Marijuana Could Be Legal in Pennsylvania by Week’s End

Medical marijuana activists are hopeful that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill will pass the House, but are still fearful lawmakers could still kill it.


Study: Monsanto’s PCBs Causing ‘Severe Impact’ on Whales and Dolphins

A recently-released study says that PCB contamination of dolphin and whale habitats have caused entire populations to vanish. Extinction may be coming.


American Nurses Association Comment to the FDA: GMOs Aren’t Natural

The American Nurses Association weighed in on products with the ‘natural’ label, telling the FDA that products containing genetically modified ingredients should not be labeled ‘natural.’


Japan to Release Radioactive Water from Fukushima into the Sea

TEPCO, the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, is waiting for government clearance to dump irradiated water into the ocean.


EU Parliament Members Test Urine for Glyphosate Ahead of Vote on the Herbicide Chemical

European Parliament members symbolically gave urine samples this week to test for glyphosate ahead of a vote on whether to re-license the RoundUp chemical.


Companies ‘Willfully Violating’ Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Will Have to Pay

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says food manufacturers who “willfully violate” the state’s GMO labeling law, set to go into effect July 1, will be hit in the wallet.


Whoopi Goldberg, Maya Elisabeth Inspire NJ Medical Marijuana Bill

Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Elisabeth inspired NJ lawmakers to propose adding menstrual cramps to the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana.


US Pork Producers Develop 3-Point Plan to Beat Antibiotic Resistance

The US National Pork Board will implement guidelines January 1, 2017 that aimed at reducing antimicrobial resistance.


Researchers Genetically Engineer Human Embryos to Be HIV-Proof

Chinese researchers claim to have genetically modified human embryos for the 2nd second time, making them “HIV-proof.”


California Became the 2nd State to Raise the Legal Smoking Age – Will it Help?

The California state Senate passed a bill raising the smoking age from 18 to 21, but a new study suggests it might do little to reduce nicotine addiction and deaths.


This State may Become the 1st to Ban the Sale of Bee-Killing Neonicotinoids

Maryland lawmakers are set to combine 2 bills banning the commercial sale of bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids.