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  • It's Time to Legalize a Harmless Plant Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    It is long past time for politicians at all levels to end this bankrupt policy of Prohibition, and stop breaking down the doors of Americans who only want to possess a harmless plant in the comfort of their own homes.

  • Pot Should Remain a Controlled Substance Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    Pot should remain as a controlled substance, with marijuana-based medicines (like cocaine-based medicines) available by subscription fulfilled not from your home-grown stash but through a pharmacy, contends Bob Enyart, pastor of the Denver Bible Church.

  • Risky Business Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:12 PM ET
    Marijuana plant

    Several states with dispensaries have seen an increase in both arrests and the confiscation of  marijuana plants. However, a look at DEA records shows what appears to be an uneven enforcement policy among pot-friendly states over the past several years.

  • What's at Stake? Individual Liberty Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    So what argument should advocates employ? That the government has no business interfering in private activities except to prevent harm to others

  • Where There's Smoke, There's Fire Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:09 PM ET

    The shutdown of Oaksterdam University was another in an ongoing dispute between federal and local officials in California on the topic of  marijuana laws. It's one that has been escalating over the past year – but so far discussions between the state and feds have been rare.

  • Ready to Roll Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:09 PM ET

    More than two years after New Jersey approved a measure to legalize marijuana for chronically ill patients, the program may finally be on the verge of allowing dispensaries to open.

  • In Oregon, Still Smokin', but Drawing Fire Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:08 PM ET
    Marijuana

    Not only was Oregon the first state to decriminalize pot in 1973, years before its glamorous neighbor to the south, but its medical marijuana program has operated with few glitches since it began in 1998. Now, it's an issue in a top statewide election race.

  • Eli Lilly Hopes New Dye Will Counter Patent Losses: CEO Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 12:41 PM ET

    Eli Lilly hopes one of its dyes, used to determine whether someone may have Alzheimer's disease, will counter the expected lost income loss income from losing patents on some of its best-selling drugs, the CEO said on CNBC Thursday.

  • Walgreen: Ready to Rebound?     Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    Walgreen is getting a pharmacy facelift and the chain, based in Illinois, is adding fancy food, more booze and amping up its drugstores. Kermit Crawford, Walgreen president, offers insight into the company's business strategies.

  • Whitney Houston: Official Cause of Death     Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 7:25 PM ET

    CNBC'S Bertha Coombs reports the official cause of death for 48-year old Whitney Houston was an accidental drowning but chronic cocaine use was a major contributing factor.

  • DNA molecule

    The promise of low-cost gene sequencing could lead to a new era of personalized medicine, yielding new approaches for treating cancers and other serious diseases. The New York Times reports.

  • Indonesia Confronts Drug Use Among Pilots Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

    The Indonesian airline industry has made progress toward mending its reputation — amid soaring demand — after a series of spectacular crashes in recent years drew international attention to the country’s poor safety record. Now it has a new problem to deal with: drug abuse among its pilots. The NYT reports.

  • Obama to Return Major Donations Tied to Fugitive Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 6:26 AM ET
    President Barack Obama makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011.

    Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama’s re-election campaign, The New York Times reports.

  • Americans Cut Back on Health Care During Recession Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 5:11 PM ET
    Cost of healthcare

    Americans have not increased spending on healthcare since 2009, according to a National Health Expenditures report.

  • Pharma Sector Outperforms S&P     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 10:52 AM ET

    CNBC's Seema Mody reports the pharma sector is up about 8% and outperforming the S&P 500 this year.

  • 'Double-Dip' Blow Could Strike Big Pharmas in 2012 Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 5:26 AM ET

    Pharmaceutical giants’ profits could take a "double-dip" hit next year from patent expirations on blockbuster drugs and President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, according to a report from CreditSights, a credit market research firm.

  • The drug developer's stock took a hit Thursday, after data was released linking an ingredient in its weight loss treatment to an increased risk of birth defects.

  • Test Traders for Cocaine Use: Italian Minister Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 5:14 AM ET

    Drugs, and especially cocaine, "pollute" the economic world and traders should be tested for narcotics, Carlo Giovanardi, a junior minister with responsibility for the family in Silvio Berlusconi's government, said in an interview published on YouTube and quoted by the Guardian.

  • Drug Sweep, Boeing Plant Raid Net 37 Arrests Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 3:18 PM ET

    More than three dozen people have been charged in a prescription drug sweep that included a raid on a Boeing plant near Philadelphia that makes military helicopters.

  • Are PBH's Glory Days Over?     Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 2:26 PM ET

    Are pharmacy benefit managers becoming obsolete? CNBC's Herb Greenberg says consumers can now buy away from their PBM and insurance plans at Costco, Walmart, Target, and Walgreens.

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