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  • A Gallery of Medical Marijuana Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 3:30 PM ET
    Depending on what your position is on the medicinal uses of marijuana, Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D. wrote in a 1997 article for the The New England Journal of Medicine that physicians who prohibit prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.Thousands of suffering patients with cancer, AIDS, and other diseases claim that marijuana provides them relief from devastating symptoms such as intractable nausea, vomiting, and pain by smoking marijuana.We asked Hi

    Thousands of patients claim marijuana provides them relief from devastating symptoms. We asked High Times Cultivation Editor Danny Danko to put a cost on this relief.

  • Regeneron CEO: EYLEA & More     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 6:15 PM ET

    Dr. Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals president/CEO, discusses the strategies behind his company's products, and why people using the same drug are switching to his company versus another.

  • Surprisingly Legal Drugs Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 10:15 AM ET
    Amyl nitrate is a medical treatment for heart disease and cyanide poisoning. It’s also used as an inhalant that goes by the street name “poppers,” and it’s been abused ever since the disco era.

    The marketplace for narcotics isn’t what it used to be. Read ahead to see a list of dangerous drugs that are legal in many American states.

  • Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 2:40 AM ET
    Police display almost 4,700 kilos of diverse drugs, cocaine and derivatives, seized in the last fifteen days by the Peruvian police drug enforcement agency, in Lima on May 7, 2010. Almost 4,000 kg of cocaine mixed with powdered sulfur, valued in USD 140 million, were seized in a container being shipped to Europe by sea. Drug trafficking in Peru generates revenues of USD 22,000 million (17 percent of the U.S. GDP) each year, representing an increase of between 3,000 and 4,000 million dollars over

    When policy makers in Washington worry about Mexico these days, they think in terms of a handful of numbers: Mexico’s 19,500 hectares devoted to poppy cultivation for heroin; its 17,500 hectares growing cannabis; the 95 percent of American cocaine imports brought by Mexican cartels through Mexico and Central America, the New York Times reports.

  • In this excerpt from a live interview with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Grupo Salinas Chairman & CEO Ricardo Salinas says Mexico's new president should try to reduce drug-related violence in Mexico by allowing illegal drugs to flow more freely to the United States buyers who are creating the demand in the first place.

  • Roger Clemens Acquitted on All Charges Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | 5:15 PM ET
    Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens (C) and his attorney Rusty Hardin (R) arrive at the U.S. District Court after the jury announced it has a verdict in Clemens' perjury and obstruction trial June 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The jury found Clemens not guilty on all counts.

    Roger Clemens has been acquitted on all charges by a jury that decided he didn't lie to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

  • Buying Sanofi Shares = Short Euros? Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 11:46 PM ET

    Looking to short the euro? You could buy shares of  Sanofi, the world’s fourth-largest drug company by sales, because of its limited exposure to Europe.

  • Fingerprint drug-testing prototype.

    Two companies have teamed up to market fingerprint-based drug testing to police, prisons, and, they hope, American companies. 

  • Distillery Hopes 4/20 Celebrants Pass the Hemp Vodka Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 11:41 AM ET
    Alaska Distillery’s Hemp Seed Spirits Vodka

    On Friday, Alaska Distillery seeks to capitalize on the cannabis celebrations as it officially launches the country’s first hemp-seed vodka.

  • 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.