Grapevine: Brown University to cover gender reassignments

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Blunt Talk

The White House drug czar is criticizing how his boss -- the president -- is fighting the war on one particular drug...marijuana.

Gil Kerlikowske tells Canada's MacLean's magazine -– quote -- "The administration has not done a particularly good job of, one, talking about marijuana as a public health issue, and number two, talking about what can be done and where we should be headed on our drug policy."

Last November, Colorado and Washington state passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana use. Kerlikowske says a patchwork of policies is not the best approach.

Full Coverage

And, Brown University will become the latest college to expand its student health insurance plan to include sex change operations.

Beginning in August, students will be covered for any of more than a dozen gender re-assignment surgeries.

A school official tells the campus newspaper it is part of an effort to support all students at the university.

The New York Times reports that nationwide 36 schools, including Cornell, Stanford, and Harvard include sex change surgeries in student health plans.