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Focus on Egypt

Focus on Egypt

first_imgPolitical changes in Egypt have captured the attention of the world as the nation transitions to a democratic system of government. Harvard Kennedy School offers a rich array of faculty perspectives, research, programs, events, and courses relating to Middle Eastern political affairs, democratic governance, and international relations. Access this page frequently for updated information on these topics. To view the site.last_img

“Mounting Body of Evidence” of Sweeping Harms of Marijuana Normalisation on Pregnant Women & Youth

“Mounting Body of Evidence” of Sweeping Harms of Marijuana Normalisation on Pregnant Women & Youth

first_imgMedia Release Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) 30 August 2019HHS Secretary: “Some state’s laws on marijuana may have changed, but the science has not, and the federal law has not.”(Alexandria, VA) – In the most significant event on marijuana policy during the Trump Administration, today the Department of Health and Human Services issued significant warnings regarding the physical and mental health implications of marijuana commercialization. During a press conference about marijuana broadly, government officials decried the normalization of marijuana and the harmful messages Americans are receiving on the drug.Additionally, the US Surgeon General released an advisory to the public concerning the damaging effects of marijuana use during pregnancy and on young, developing brains. In response, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) president, Dr. Kevin Sabet, released the following statement:“Just like the famous advisory on tobacco in 1964, the significance of today’s marijuana advisory cannot be overstated. As the Surgeon General stated, ‘no amount of marijuana is safe for pregnant women or our youth.’ Big Marijuana and its promoters have consistently pushed blatant falsehoods and misinformation to suggest marijuana is safe, despite the large and growing of evidence to the contrary. Administration officials should be applauded for finally shining a light on the harms of today’s high potent marijuana.“We know marijuana use during pregnancy can lead to a wide range of harms including low birth weight and developmental problems. Even worse, marijuana use during pregnancy has been linked to a rare, fatal developmental disorder known as anencephaly. Marijuana can have incredibly deleterious effects on young minds and it is absolutely shameful, though not surprising, that the industry would push its wares and pseudo-science on young mothers.“Last year, 70% of dispensaries in Colorado were recommending high potency THC products to expectant mothers to ‘treat’ symptoms of morning sickness. Given the fact that these dispensaries are not staffed with medical professionals, this is greatly concerning. A large study from Canada looking at marijuana and pregnancy found negative effects well after birth:“Youth marijuana use is greatly concerning. A recent study found that one in five youth and one in 10 young adults who started using marijuana within the past 3 years have been diagnosed with a cannabis use disorder. Regular use of marijuana has been linked to IQ loss, psychosis, depression, and suicide.“We look forward to working with HHS and other federal government officials to help raise awareness to the harmful health impacts of marijuana commercialization and use. The future of our country depends on it.”last_img read more

Jeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer

Jeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer

first_imgJeanette M. “Nettie” Litmer, age 88 of Enochsburg, died Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at her home. Born November 3, 1931 in Covington, Kentucky, she is the daughter of Loretta (Nee: Anthe) and William Fisher. She married Alfred “Tom” Litmer October 21, 1950 at St. John’s Church in Enochsburg and he preceded her in death January 13, 2010. Nettie was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish at Enochsburg (formerly St. John’s Church) and spent 10 years as a bookkeeper for Hillenbrand Industries and 15 years working at the Fireside Inn Restaurant. An excellent cook, everything she made was good and a lot of people have enjoyed her beef and noodles over the years. Nettie never paid to much attention to recipes but rather would add a “little of this and a pinch of that.” She also crocheted quite a bit and liked working crossword puzzles. She had a green thumb, tending to her flowers and a raising a large garden every year. Her porch was filled with beautiful blooms during the summer and at the end of the growing season for the garden, she would put up several hundred quarts of fruits and vegetables to share with other family members. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Terri Litmer of Enochsburg; sister Carol Ann Litmer of Enochsburg; grandson Jacob Robinson of Shelbyville, Indiana and granddaughter Claire Litmer of Enochsburg. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Marjorie Litmer.Due to the Governor’s mandate of gatherings being limited to 10 people, a private graveside service will be held Friday at St. Catherine of Siena’s Enochsburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Catherine of Siena’s Enochsburg Parish Building Fund or to the Ripley County Humane Society and sent to the funeral home in care of the family. You are encouraged to go to www.weigelfh.com and on Nettie’s obituary page leave a message for the family or use the link on our home page to send a “Hugs from Home.”last_img read more