A unanimous U.S. Senate has voted to expand research into cannabis to see if there are any medical benefits to the drug and its compounds, including cannabidiol.

The Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act also would Require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health to report to Congress on the potential benefits or harms associated with using cannabis.

The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., passed Thursday by voice vote.

“Current rules and regulations make it hard for researchers to study how marijuana and marijuana-derived medications can best be used to treat various conditions,” Feinstein said.

Trenton students share solutions to climate challenges facing their city. For many teenagers growing up in Trenton, one’s inner city environment is often plagued by problems of crime, poor health care, dilapidated housing and poverty, so getting them to care about the planet’s environment seems like a complicated problem.

Maureen Quinn, Director at ScienceMentors 1 to 1 has a sublimely simple answer.

All you have to do is bring them out and stick their hands in the dirt and have somebody that cares about it spending time with them, she said.

That kind of strategy lines up with what Quinn calls her nonlinear approach to facing challenges and overcoming obstacles.

Her organization pairs high school students with mentors with the aim of developing competency and self-esteem through the application of the scientific method.

‘The Little Prince’ helped me along, she said, paraphrasing a quote often attributed to its author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, If you want to build a boat, do not assign tasks and go out and collect wood but rather first teach them to have a great love of the Sea.

Program participant Aisha Swarez is a Student at trenton Central High School. Sitting at a booth in the McDonald’s restaurant directly across the street from her school, where participants hold after-school meetings, Swarez said she had siblings in the program and she got involved just because they told her to join.

But the more I spent time in this program, she said, The more I wanted to learn more about the environment and I cared about the world.

Swarez studied flooding of the Delaware River due to increased precipitation and its impact on housing in Trenton.

While there are no limits placed on the subjects addressed at ScienceMentors 1 to 1 and according to Quinn, We have everything from microbiology to engineering, the most recent effort had students doing research and coming up with ideas on how to meet climate change challenges facing their city.

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Recently, a small group of Trenton High School students who participate in the program shared their findings during a meeting of the Trenton Kiwanis Club held at Leonardo’s II restaurant in Lawrence.

Akelia Volmy chose the topic of air quality for her presentation. She composed a poem titled Breathless which she read to the audience, after admitting to them I’m a little nervous.

Louise Salley sees flooding in her neighborhood and says she has witnessed people disposing of old grease and other things that don’t belong there in drains which she says causes back-ups during snow or heavy rain storms in the city. She would like to see that stopped and suggested periodic cleaning of the drains to keep them clear.

So, their consciousness of the planet is really growing, said Quinn. Her organization works closely with Capital City Farm located adjacent to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

The farm is the city’s first commercial urban farm, created under the leadership of D&R Greenway Land Trust in partnership with an advisory group of seven Trenton-based organizations. It provides local jobs and locally-raised fresh produce in an area of Trenton that lacks access to healthy food options.

ScienceMentors 1 to 1 mentees recently helped to plant 900 fir trees.

If we pay attention to where and how things grow, Quinn said. They (students) really care about that.

Working with the dirt and planting, and knowing that the world will be a different place, we go out and we touch the world. Yeah. So that’s why they are interested.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday called for Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s removal, saying, For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.

Biden also used a speech in Poland’s capital to make a vociferous defense of liberal democracy and the NATO military alliance, while also saying Europe must steel itself for a long fight against Russian aggression.

In what was billed by the White House as a major address, Biden spoke in front of the Royal Castle, one of Warsaw’s notable landmarks that was badly damaged during War II.

He borrowed the words of Polish-born Pope John Paul II and cited anti-communist Polish dissident and former president, Lech Walesa, as he warned that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine threatens to bring decades of war.

In this battle we need to be clear-eyed. This battle will not be won in days, or months, either, Biden said.

The crowd of about 1,000 included some of the Ukrainian refugees who have fled for Poland and elsewhere in the midst of the brutal invasion.

New Jersey on Saturday reported another eight confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 917 positive tests. Hospitalization rates rose again as the stealth omicron subvariant continues to spread in New Jersey.

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