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Legal Highs Demonstrates Antiquated Drug Policy Legislation

Legal Highs Demonstrates Antiquated Drug Policy Legislation | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

A new study has called for ‘outdated’ UK drug laws to be re-examined.

 

The first is the addition of a new class of drugs to the current Misuse of Drugs Act – the class D model, which has successfully been adopted in New Zealand. Class D substances act as a holding category for new drugs before they are fully understood: sales are limited to over-18s; the product is quality-controlled so users know what they are getting, at doses limited as far as possible to safe levels; and it comes with health education messages. This gives scientists and the government the chance to limit sales and collect data on use, while also investigating the harms associated with a new substance. Manufacturers and shops that disobey these regulations are punished, and users are protected, but not criminalised. 

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UK PMA Deaths: The case for testing drugs and a push for drug policy reform

UK PMA Deaths: The case for testing drugs and a push for drug policy reform | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
  January saw the devastating news of the deaths of four men over Christmas and New Year – all believed to have taken the same pink Superman pills containing the drug para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA). This drug, which has a similar composition to PMMA, has been around since the 1970s but due to its lack of positive effects was soon rejected by many. It is therefore assumed that most people were consuming what they thought was (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) MDMA. Effects and Psychopharmacology

Via Julian Buchanan
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he who controls the language controls the dialog

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, January 23, 3:39 PM

We need to avoid being seen to support drug testing (of people) which is part of the drugs war, and be clear we are talking here about 'Testing Drugs’ - never call it drug testing because of widespread use of that phrase already in an altogether different meaning and context.

 

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Drug policy: we need brave politicians and open minds

When it comes to policies for tackling drug misuse, we need an evidence based approach. These are not my sentiments, though I share them; these are the views of the leaders of all the UK political parties as expressed in recent government reports and a debate in parliament that gained cross party support.


Via ReGenUC
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NZ's Labour Party thinks such evidenced based thinking surrounding is a nonsense and of no import!

OK, so is cannabis a problem or not, Mr Little?
It cannot be both at the same time. 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 15, 2014 6:12 PM

More from the BMJ, following the editorial by Nicola Singleton and John Strang: http://sco.lt/9Cxpwn

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Prohibition Repeal Is A Good Model For Marijuana Legalization - Daily Caller

Prohibition Repeal Is A Good Model For Marijuana Legalization - Daily Caller | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Today is the 81st anniversary of the repeal of federal alcohol prohibition.
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New Zealand adopted a rational approach to post prohibition, insofar as blanket nationwide alcohol prohibition was not the case, rather it was applied on a region by region basis and thus existed alongside wet areas whose vendors profited from its adjacency.

It was the solution as to who got ownership (and profits) from the required change that offers us a cannabis solution model too.

The establishment of community trusts that administers the solution and takes a local 'approach' to harm reduction administration and to fairly distributing the profit. 

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Cannabis users in their 30s 'have lungs of 80-year-olds'

Cannabis users in their 30s 'have lungs of 80-year-olds' | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Smokers of the drug in their 30s have lungs so badly damaged they are put on long-term oxygen therapy while one patient in Bangor, north Wales, is awaiting a lung transplant, a study found.
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This is a mode of use issue.... and the failure of health promotion a regrettable if unintended  function of prohibition.

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Oxford's New "The Handbook of Cannabis" Is Going To Blow Your Mind

Oxford's New "The Handbook of Cannabis" Is Going To Blow Your Mind | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Get out your Christmas wish list: Oxford University Press is now taking pre-orders for the The Handbook of Cannabis, a massive, $150, 768-page reference tome edited by Roger Pertwee, PhD, with cont...
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The Handbook of Cannabis is a one-stop reference and is “essential reading for all clinicians, pharmacologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists interested in this drug, as well as those working in the field of public health,” Oxford University Press writes. It belongs on the shelves of “anyone with an interest in this drug.”

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Christchurch crash linked to drugs probe, or 3 Innocent Folk Seriously Injured by Prohibition?

Christchurch crash linked to drugs probe, or 3 Innocent Folk  Seriously Injured by Prohibition? | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A crash that left three elderly people in hospital and two police officers injured was related to a drug investigation, police have confirmed.
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3 Public injured, one seriously. Two Cops injured, Three Police cars damaged, and Police to conduct an inquiry on themselves?

They will not be looking at the efficacy of what they do or why they do it.

Whitewash warning ahead!

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Marijuana: Occasional Cannabis Use in Teenagers Has 'No Relationship' with IQ or Exam Results

Marijuana: Occasional Cannabis Use in Teenagers Has 'No Relationship' with IQ or Exam Results | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
University College London study shows cannabis use is closely linked to alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
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Gee, I wonder if set and setting falls within the researchers lexicon?

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Huge majority thinks 'war on drugs' has failed, new poll finds

Huge majority thinks 'war on drugs' has failed, new poll finds | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
84% saying that the decades-long campaign by law enforcement agencies against the global narcotics trade can never be won.
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Regulate, Restrict, Rethink.
The political will is there. It just isn't in the politicians 

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Jason Robo's comment, October 23, 2014 4:29 PM
I think the track record for the war on poverty and terror are about as successful...
Jason Robo's curator insight, October 23, 2014 4:29 PM

I think the government track record for similar wars on poverty and terror are about as successful...

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This Medical Marijuana Statistic Is Amazing

This Medical Marijuana Statistic Is Amazing | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
How s this for effective medicinal use: 92 percent of patients say that their medical marijuana treatment works.
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Aspro would wish for this customer satisfaction.

I might suggest that 100% of recreational cannabis users find cannabis 'quite recreational'. But then I can tell you that for free. 


Were you to ask Police HQ, National Drug Intelligence......would they find them 100% 'quite criminal'  ???

That would be a more interesting benchmark! 

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Study: CBD Administration Associated With Improved Quality Of Life In Patients With Parkinson’s Disease.

The administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid, is associated with improved quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease, according clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
 

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Mind Oil!

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US attorney general questions whether marijuana should be in same legal category as heroin

US attorney general questions whether marijuana should be in same legal category as heroin | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
US attorney general questions whether marijuana should be in same legal category as heroin
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It is all about adherence to the international conventions..... and stupidity. US Congress can elect to go to war but it cannot resolve the absurd.

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Cannabis Slows Alzheimer's Disease

Cannabis Slows Alzheimer's Disease | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

With medicinal cannabis legalized in 23 states, its benefits become more apparent.  http://t.co/LGQEEzsrIz

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When your up to your arse in Alligators it is easy to forget we're there to drain the swamp.

The role of cannabinoids as a nutraceutical or food supplement supporting aging require an epidemiological approach, not a moral tautology - illegal because it is immoral, immoral because it is illegal, approach to social health  and wellbeing.

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Marijuana use and high school graduation: it’s complicated

Marijuana use and high school graduation: it’s complicated | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
as kids were smoking more, graduation rates jumped 8 percentage points.
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Lancet study under scrutiny, MSM found wanting.

Indeed, real data inconsistent with MSM interpretation but hey....lets not let facts get in the road of what sells newspapers!  

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ARTICLE: The abject failure of drug prohibition by Alex Wodak


Via Julian Buchanan
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Over the fifteen to twenty years I have known Alex he has been consistent in his view that prohibition is a criminal intervention  cloaked in political rhetoric that it is, somehow, for the greater good. Alex's conclusion in this justice journal nails it....

Print and hand it to your local MP. Even the ones whose ears are sewn on.

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Cannabis seized in Wanganui, Wellington raids - Wanganui Chronicle

Cannabis seized in Wanganui, Wellington raids - Wanganui Chronicle | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Hundreds of cannabis plants were seized in police raids in Wanganui and Wellington on Thursday. - Wanganui Chronicle
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""Operation Yesterday has again demonstrated the extent of the illicit cannabis industry. Cannabis is still the leading illicit drug linked to hospital admissions and the harm it causestoour communities is immense." - Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch, head of the *Wellington Drugs andOrganisedCrime team.

 

[*And no doubt a paid up member of the flat earth society!]

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Imagine being forced to squat naked, while police searched you for drugs you didn't have

Imagine being forced to squat naked, while police searched you for drugs you didn't have | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Invasive naked searched by police have increased by almost a third in NSW, with thousands of NSW residents forced through the invasive process on the basis of sniffer dogs incorrectly indicating they are carrying drugs.

Via Julian Buchanan
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Honorable Dogs on Mission Impossible.

A sniff is not an indication of possession, it is merely a reliable dogs nose telling us that there is trace residual 'whatever' that could have come from anywhere, and sometime ago at that.  It has no rational correlate to guilt under law, rather, in particular for cannabis, for its very presence is in essence everywhere and anywhere such that a innocent person could easily come into contact with sufficient residual  smell without having any knowledge of so doing. The dog's sniff is thus mere 'fishing' conducted to purposely achieve nothing more than reinforce prohibition as a merchantable paradigm that is 'seen to be working' without actually doing so. 

I see the use of Ion detectors at airports doing exactly the same thing. Except Ion detectors don't respond to prejudice cues by their handlers.

It is nothing more than 'smoke and mirrors'.  

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, December 1, 2014 8:53 PM

Even if you did have unapproved drugs - hey this is unacceptable, excessive and unwarranted use of law enforcement

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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know Now

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace:  What Employers Need to Know Now | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
By John A. DiNome, Amanda D. Haverstick, and Hadley B. Perkins There are now 24 jurisdictions with laws that legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes.
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The irrational zero tolerance response that employers have been trapped into makes even less sense in New Zealand, where 4:5 childbearing adults  in the surveyed demographic (CHDS, 2011) have used cannabis  five or more  times. 

It is seriously flawed management practice. 

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Penalties 'do not stop' drug use

Penalties 'do not stop' drug use | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
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Drug use is a non-crime....  the correlate is nondescript. 

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Science Busts One of the Most Common Myths About Smoking Pot

Science Busts One of the Most Common Myths About Smoking Pot | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A recent study proves what most real-life pot smokers already know.
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Alcohol and IQ, Brain half full or half empty!

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Higher risk of summer storms

Higher risk of summer storms | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Lorrey said the latest cyclone forecast showed any cyclones passing by New Zealand this season were likely to pass to the east of Auckland, rather than the west as they normally did.
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Just like Cyclone Bola....
But it may come further South!
Then things get interesting and unpredictable. 

topic alert: natural disasters affect drug markets.

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The Mystery Of Cloud 9: How Drug Laws Make Drugs More Dangerous

The Mystery Of Cloud 9: How Drug Laws Make Drugs More Dangerous | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
This week NBC News broadcast a story about Cloud 9, “a dangerous new synthetic drug that’s been turning up at high schools.” Anchorman Lester Holt warned that Cloud 9 is “legal, unregulated and readily available at convenience stores”; that it “has sent almost two dozen young people to the hospital this [...]
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Sounds like they need Class D (NZ's world class solution to the drug problem)

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Survey of the Endocannabinoid System in Medical Schools - Cannabis Digest

Survey of the Endocannabinoid System in Medical Schools - Cannabis Digest | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
We are learning that even the sperm implantation into the ovum requires endocannabinoid activity for success.
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The repression of knowledge and damage done by sustained legislated prejudice and UN covenant is a grave human rights violation, that on a global scale, makes aparthiedt look mild.
 

The principle "First do no harm" suggests a manifest abrogation of responsibility by those at the head of the medical sector table.
 

That cannabis's legal status fails Philosophy 101 places the onus on a whole pile more academics for the breach of reason, PolSci 101 for failure in policy analysis, Econ 101 failure to account and so goes the list.

Such is the failure I am ashamed that I now see an entire global student body not having the balls to call it.
 

Where are the students of Socrates when you need them?
 

Academia, and inexcusably Medicine are behoven to a pre Copernican  moral tautology, immoral because it is illegal, illegal because it's immoral.

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Scientists Explain Why Cannabis Users Never Overdose - Leaf Science

Scientists Explain Why Cannabis Users Never Overdose - Leaf Science | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a molecule in the brain that may limit the effects of too much cannabis.

Via Julian Buchanan
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Whaaaa! We are our own addiction therapist....

We seem to need a sledgehammer in our brain to tell us we have had too much alcohol!

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Joseph McNamara, Drug Warrior Turned Conscientious Objector, RIP - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Joseph McNamara, Drug Warrior Turned Conscientious Objector, RIP - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Joseph McNamara, who died on Friday at the age of 79, had been publicly criticizing the war on drugs since retiring from his last job in law enforcement,
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One of the leading protagonists of reform of drug policy and critic of the police militarisation agenda within LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).

I honour your service to humanity Joe!  Thank you.  /Blair
 

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Cannabinoid-1 Receptor Protects The Brain From Aging » The Health Cure

Cannabinoid-1 Receptor Protects The Brain From Aging » The Health Cure | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Cannabinoid-1 Receptor Protects The Brain From Aging Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Mainz have discovered a mechanism that seems to protect the brain from aging. In experiments with mice, they switched off the cannabinoid-1 receptor. As ...
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Mind Oil..... so are we serious about dementia or not?

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