People at public universities, community colleges, and child-care facilities in Arizona will no longer be allowed to use, or be in possession of medical marijuana; Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed the law yesterday and it'll take effect in the summer. The measure is the latest of a series of attempts to restrict the therapeutic use of marijuana in the state; it moved quickly through the legislature with bipartisan support. Those backing the law say it will protect federal funding for colleges and universities, which they claim would be threatened if medical marijuana were allowed on campus. "With the health and safety of Arizona's students, as well as literally hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, this legislation is critically necessary," says Republican State Representative Amanda Reeve. "Our children and adult students are far too important to risk. I'm proud to say we acted swiftly and decisively when confronted by this obvious concern." The concern was prompted in part by events in neighboring California: in recent months the federal government has sought to shut down medical marijuana greenhouses and pot shops in located near schools and parks, and one terminally ill medical pot patient was ejected from a university hospital.
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Ninety-six addicts, armed with kitchen knives, escaped a compulsory drug rehabilitation center in Vietnam on Sunday. Vu Xuan Thai, director of the Haiphong Rehabilitation Center, says detainees threatened guards with their improvised weapons before making an after-dinner getaway. Altogether 96 of the center's 201 occupants fled. Since then, 15 of the escapees have returned voluntarily; police are searching for the rest. The escape highlights Vietnam's controversial compulsory rehab policy for its 140,000 addicted citizens. In an effort to combat the country's drug problem, addicts are required to undergo two years of rehabilitation, during which they must either learn a trade or perform manual labor. But treatment centers have often been less about rehab and more about exploitation. Last year the NGO Human Rights Watch, in a 121-page report called the The Rehab Archipelago, detailed how residents at these rehab centers are forced to perform often-hazardous unpaid labor in agricultural production, garment making or construction. According to one inmate, detainees face abuse if they don't work: “If you refused to work, they slapped you," he said. "If you refused to work then they sent you to the punishment room. Everyone worked." Detainees are often held captive despite having the legal right to request release if they don't get the care they need. More than 500 drug addicts escaped from another rehab center in Haiphong in May 2010.
Seth Binzer, aka Shifty, the 37-year-old former lead singer for the band Crazy Town (hit single: "Butterfly") and repeated star of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (seasons one and two) and Sober House (also seasons one and two) has reportedly fallen into a coma. He has been in the ICU of an LA hospital since last Thursday. Faithful Celebrity Rehab and Sober House viewers may remember him as the guy who smoked crack on the roof of the rehab during season two and later, on Sober House, sent his castmates videos while off on a relapse. Binzer was scheduled to appear in court later this month after a coke possession arrest in February. Adam Goldstein, better known as sober advocate and celebrity DJ DJ AM (who died of a drug overdose in September of 2009), was also a former member of Crazy Town.
One of the world's leading sports doping experts has accused the anti-doping movement of "omertà"–referring to the Mafia's code of silence–for "silencing him" with an unfair new contractual requirement. Dr Michael Ashenden has just resigned from his position on the International Cycling Union's (UCI) panel of doping experts, because of a new clause in his contract that would prevent him from giving personal opinions on any of his cases. Dr Ashenden has been reviewing blood profiles since 2008 and is considered a leading authority in blood doping and the Athlete's Biologial Passport (ABP)—an electronic record of blood and urine samples taken over a pro athlete's career. He's worked on many high profile cases including those of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador—but isn't willing to have to ask permission before speaking to the media about his role as a reviewer of blood profiles. "It seems to me that too much emphasis is being placed on controlling what the media are told," Ashenden tells the BBC. "There should be nothing to hide, so why stop the experts from talking?" The UCI has thanked Ashenden for his contributions, but declines further comment.
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