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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: Red Cross Calls for Drug Decriminalization

In a little-noticed statement to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has said that drug use should not be a crime.

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Teen Pot Use Shows No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol

Teen Pot Use Shows No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
'A teen who uses alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue - but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study.' Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town
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Teen brains are well capable of withstanding considerable insult. Were they not, we would live in an world of adult lunacy.....

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Randy Collins's curator insight, July 22, 7:47 PM

Interesting info about teen marijuana use.

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Marijuana demand at 130 tonnes

Marijuana demand at 130 tonnes | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Report shows demand in Colorado was much higher than anticipated.
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If we legalise Cannabis, tightly control the market to discourage big time companies from promoting addiction and make a concerted effort to not encourage it's use we might just learn a thing or two about our approach to the worlds most dangerous drug, Alcohol." - NBNZ / STUFF

That, dear Sir, is why Colorado legalized cannabis. I was there. Breckenridge. [Try skiing pissed!] 

Welcome to the Amsterdam of the Rockies | Mother Jones

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The Difference Between Trafficking and Selling Drugs |

The Difference Between Trafficking and Selling Drugs | | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The difference in penalties and fines for those who are trafficking as opposed to selling are very different. Learn more from skilled California attorneys.
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Warning, Infomercial Alert!  (but an informative one....)

Mode of Use, set and setting also includes the 'culture' of cannabis x duration of exposure to sanction. Grower is highest risk, carriers less so, dealers less again. 

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BLPs FLPs and the Biology of Democracy - Bob Melamed, Ph.D. | University of Colorado Colorado Springs

BLPs FLPs and the Biology of Democracy
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Police happy with haul

More than 7000 cannabis plants have been seized in a police operation in Central District.
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"The cannabis trade is a destructive force in New Zealand society." - Police say there is a link between organised crime and the cannabis trade.  They might right....


Its called Prohibition you fools.


Further, it is contrary to the purpose and function of the Armed Services to use its military might in the furtherance of a political opinion aided and abetted by a civil police force responsible to protect and serve and uphold 'truth' as a matter of standards. 


That Police argue for this breach of governance is a blight on civil society. It does so to enforce a [as misplaced as it may be] health paradigm. Would we do the same to protect people from STD's?, Searching people to see if they have condoms? how about arresting and jailing people for getting whooping cough!

The ONLY connection of guns, registered or otherwise to cannabis is through set and setting of prohibition. Evidence from the jurisictions who have a more enlightened public policy in respect of cannabis shows guns are no more connected to the pharmacology than firearms are to rabbits.

If prohibition is (proven to be) CRIMINOGENIC then POLICE should be of a mind to tell better stories. 



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Six Months of Legal Marijuana And Colorado Has More Cash And Less Crime - Reset.me

Six Months of Legal Marijuana And Colorado Has More Cash And Less Crime - Reset.me | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
With the passage of Amendment 64 in November 2012, Colorado made history and became one of the first two states to approve legal regulation of the cultivation, manufacture and sale of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
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The stuff of social capital!   

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This Is What 12 Years of Failed Drug Policy Looks Like in Afghanistan

This Is What 12 Years of Failed Drug Policy Looks Like in Afghanistan | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
In 2000, Afghanistan reached a
remarkable milestone: Opium production in the country hit a record low.

Via Ramy Jabbar رامي
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Drug Policy needs to be addressed by a royal jurga.  
Only then can there be resolve on opium and cannabis.... at present prohibition distorts all the outcomes.

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The NYPD’s Racist War on Pot

The NYPD’s Racist War on Pot | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to put an end to arrests for low-level marijuana possession—yet black and Latino youth are still being locked up at disturbing rates. (87% of the 7,000 marijuana possession arrests in New York targeted blacks or Latinos.
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And where the rules are the same the shite is the same....

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Home detention in cannabis case - The Southland Times

Home detention in cannabis case - The Southland Times | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Home detention in cannabis case The Southland Times David Stearne Menzies appeared before Judge Christina Cook yesterday after admitting numerous drugs charges, including possessing cannabis leaf, utensils for smoking cannabis and equipment capable...
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triple jeopardy....

Does a drunk get fined for having three wine glasses in the cupboard, a straw, or heaven forbid a bottle opener?

 

The Minister of Health (if he wasnt so disinterested,) could put an end to this by understanding 'mode of use, set and setting and harm minimisation.   

 

Rule of law in disrepute. 

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Pope Francis says "no" to marijuana legalization

Pope Francis says "no" to marijuana legalization | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The Pope is speaking out against the worldwide trend toward legalizing recreational drugs.

He calls it a very, very bad idea.
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To deny cannabis is utterly unchristian. Pope brings church into disrepute. Just as it did with abortion, contraception and homosexuality......  so whats new?

 

Perhaps the annointing oil needs reinventing.

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Study: Alcohol, Not cannabis, Linked To Psychosis

Study: Alcohol, Not cannabis, Linked To Psychosis | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

"which suggests cannabis is not the causes of such illnesses. In fact, evidence is strongly pointing to the notion that the onset of psychosis is largely down to hereditary factors, largely shifting the blame from drugs altogether."

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If cannabis was the primary recreational psychoactive to cause mental health issues New Zealand would be a mad house.... 

The more plausible explanation is to be found elsewhere

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, June 22, 9:11 AM

If cannabis was the primary recreational psychoactive to cause mental health issues New Zealand would be a mad house.... 

The more plausible explanation is to be found elsewhere.

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Thanks To Activists, Cannabis Is Now Literally Growing Everywhere On The Streets Of London

Thanks To Activists, Cannabis Is Now Literally Growing Everywhere On The Streets Of London | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
"The war on drugs is a catastrophic failure, and I think that cannabis growing openly on the streets of London emphasizes how ludicrous our drug laws are." (Thanks To Activists, Cannabis Is Now Growing Everywhere On The Streets Of London
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Overgrow the Government.....!!

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Randy Collins's curator insight, June 23, 11:50 AM

A very interesting movement in the United Kingdom that has resulted in wild Marijuana plants on the streets of London. Will the U.S. activists join?

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Cannabinoid Receptors in the body and their Importance - Cannabis Digest

Cannabinoid Receptors in the body and their Importance - Cannabis Digest | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
In 1964 Raphael Macheoulam, an Israeli professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, isolated the key component THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from an extract of a Cannabis Sativa plant.
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"Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products" - say it slowly, repeat, and again. (prohibitionists who don't get it  need a quick course in comprehension, meanwhile are swimming in there own cannabinoid 'denial')

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Medicinal cannabis: What the candidates think - New Zealand Herald

Medicinal cannabis: What the candidates think - New Zealand Herald | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Medicinal cannabis: What the candidates think
New Zealand Herald
Current legislation regarding cannabis use does not work and has not for a long time.
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And this from a few "wannabe's" who have no bloody idea.....
Proof indeed that medicinal cannabis fails to do justice to the argument.
Cannabis is not a health issue, it is a social issue. 

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Marijuana Clubs Rise Out of Decades-Old Spanish Laws - New York Times

Marijuana Clubs Rise Out of Decades-Old Spanish Laws - New York Times | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
New York Times Marijuana Clubs Rise Out of Decades-Old Spanish Laws New York Times BARCELONA, Spain — On a recent evening, two vacationing German college students, armed with addresses they had gotten off the Internet, were trying to get into one...
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Bring on the Daktory(s).... perfectly permitted under NZ's fit for purpose  Class D (Restricted Substances Regulations 2008).

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, July 11, 7:26 AM

MildGreen's seen at a Daktory near you.....

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Recreational marijuana in Washington: Buyers line up as sales open in Vancouver

Recreational marijuana in Washington: Buyers line up as sales open in Vancouver | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver opens today. Patrons began lining up at 3:30 a.m. to be among the first to buy marijuana for recreational use in Southwest Washington.
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Irony, if only doing nothing wasnt so damaging....

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In the USA everyone does drugs, but only minorities are punished for it

In the USA everyone does drugs, but only minorities are punished for it | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Jim CrowEven though white and black people use drugs at similar rates, a 2009 report from Human Rights Watch found black people are much more likely to be arrested for drugs. In 2007, black people were 3.6 times more likely to be arrested for drugs than white people.


Via Julian Buchanan
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Jim Crow - but hang on a mo, the application of the law in New Zealand has the same outcomes... Perhaps where the law is the same the shirt is the same?  Couldn't be the law, that is infallible. Surely? Must be another reason.  Well, the law has been much the same for forty odd years pretty much everywhere and no one has questioned it.  So it must be OK.

Must be those "Cheeky Darkies" - genetic disposition to being 4x's more naughty eh!  

 

Yeah Right!

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A half-smoked joint: Decriminalising drugs leaves the crooks with the cash. Legalise drugs instead

A half-smoked joint: Decriminalising drugs leaves the crooks with the cash. Legalise drugs instead | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
“I’M GONNA smoke’a de ganja until I go blind,” sang Bob Marley. “You know I smoke’a de ganja all a de time.” Jamaicans who share his devotion to...

Via Julian Buchanan
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Cannabis into Class D.....   honour the law of supply and demand, enable credible health promotion, respect adult choice, make subject to common law and recourse to protection of natural justice.

 

Google ( "Restricted Substances Regulations"  2008 ) 

 

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Getting the balance right is not going to be easy!

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Is the Link Between Cannabis and Schizophrenia Genetic? - Care2.com

Is the Link Between Cannabis and Schizophrenia Genetic? - Care2.com | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
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Is the Link Between Cannabis and Schizophrenia Genetic?
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We frequently hear that smoking cannabis, and particularly frequent use, can lead to developing serious psychological problems like schizophrenia.
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The omitted psychological problem is that caused by the illicit status, the naming and shaming, prejudices and vile disturbance to self esteem, safety, sanity and well-being  that occurs entirely due to unintended consequences of prohibition. For these are causative relationships. These are not 'dose dependent' - they are a product of intolerance and prejudice that is manifest in 'the law' and not the pharmacology. Try a more principled health paradigm..... FFS! 

Then do the research..... 

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Comment - The Dangers of Marijuana

Comment - The Dangers of Marijuana | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Brown-Forman released its annual report last week and, tucked down inside the small print, in the section where the company lists potential risks to future growth, was the line, "potential legalization of marijuana use on a more widespread basis...
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"This month, I wrote about Blue Moon beer creator Keith Villa and his experiments with marijuana beer, as well as considering the beverage makers who are already taking advantage of the new laws in Colorado and Washington. But, what Brown-Forman is seemingly worried about is not the threat from cannabis-based alcohol, but that the use of the drug could replace drinking alcohol at a social level."


So drugs are fungible.....legal for illegal,  vice versa - no matter.

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Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Every year, the United Nations designates June 26th as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Sounds good, right? Who wouldn't want to help prevent the harms associated with problematic drug use ...
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Of course, the NZ National Party has its Hui.... the cannabis question is asked,  Justice Minister says No WAY, yet this decision (and purport that no one is much interested) places our collective signature on top of all the harms rendered globally  'in our name...'

 

Think we are not party to all the drug war waste? executions? incarceration and harm burden on innocent and the addicted?

 

It is our signature that gives succour to the high priests of prohibition, to nation states, and to the purile and the prejudiced.

 

And to do it we insult science. 

 

And what kind of message does that send to our kids?

 

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Cannabis not as harmless as believed, psychiatrist says - The Copenhagen Post

Cannabis not as harmless as believed, psychiatrist says - The Copenhagen Post | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The Copenhagen Post Cannabis not as harmless as believed, psychiatrist says The Copenhagen Post An increasing number of international studies show that smoking cannabis can induce both schizophrenia, psychosis and depression in adolescents,...
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I wonder if whomever wrote this can spell causation, let alone correlation.

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Juvenile Drug Crimes

Juvenile Drug Crimes | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Although the juvenile criminal justice system is supposed to rehabilitate teens, it often ends up teaching troubled kids more about becoming a career criminal. If your child has been charged with a drug crime, it is highly recommended to hire an expe...
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The story of Mr Asia is one such case.... petty burglar educated in Napier prison to become one of  NZ's Police's 'better stories'. Prohibition made him....   

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Albanian village gains peace, loses livelihood as cannabis burns - Yahoo News UK

Albanian village gains peace, loses livelihood as cannabis burns - Yahoo News UK | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Yahoo News UK
Albanian village gains peace, loses livelihood as cannabis burns
Yahoo News UK
Over five days, police destroyed more than 80,000 marijuana plants and saplings and over 23 metric tonnes of cannabis.
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Meanwhile NZ Police confiscate the house of someone who grew .000023 of what was a village preoccupation.

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Quebec hospital's approval of cannabis use is 'progressive' step forward ... - Yahoo News Canada (blog)

Quebec hospital's approval of cannabis use is 'progressive' step forward ... - Yahoo News Canada (blog) | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Quebec hospital's approval of cannabis use is 'progressive' step forward ...
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Surely a very carefully considered decision.... patient centred!

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