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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A new study has called for ‘outdated’ UK drug laws to be re-examined.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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Synthetic high hospitalises Lancaster University students - BBC News

Synthetic high hospitalises Lancaster University students - BBC News | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Five Lancaster University students are in hospital, two of them in a critical condition, after taking a synthetic cannabis substitute.
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"with a suspicion that they had taken the drug" (what drug? ) they have no idea. and then the crucial question is 'why do we not know' ?  Wouldn't be the implication 'its the rules stooped' by any chance, after all it did occur on prohibitions watch.

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#Cannabis #Science - #Cannabinoid #Compounds - #Marijuana #Documentary

#Cannabis #Science - #Cannabinoid #Compounds - #Marijuana #Documentary | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
his is definitely the best Marijuana / Marihuana / Weed Documentar you will ever watch in your life!. ENJOY! =)CannabisFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThis...
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Prohibition is the antithesis of Informed Consent.

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Venture capitalists back more and more cannabis companies—good news for the growing industry

Venture capitalists back more and more cannabis companies—good news for the growing industry | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
All great entrepreneurs know that appealing outcomes are achieved by even greater strategized investments. In many cases, the more risk, the more enticing the payout. In the case of cannabis, ,News
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The social dividend is 'capital' gained by investing nothing but a better idea.

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Beta-Caryophyllene: The Dietary Cannabinoid That Could Make Synthetics Irrelevant

Beta-Caryophyllene: The Dietary Cannabinoid That Could Make Synthetics Irrelevant | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Scientists believe a compound found in a variety of plants, including cannabis, could replace the need for synthetic cannabinoids
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Flavinoids.... emerging science of what we could know if we hadn't stymied the cannabinoid research. 

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Cannabinoids as therapeutic agents in cancer: current status and future implications. - PubMed - NCBI

Cannabinoids as therapeutic agents in cancer: current status and future implications. - PubMed - NCBI | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Oncotarget. 2014 Aug 15;5(15):5852-72. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
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Homeostasis, mediator of. End of.

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Global Cannabis March 2015 Copenhagen 02-05-2015

Global Cannabis March 2015 / Copenhagen 02-05-2015 Global march for Legalization of mother nature / Cannabis. Look your city up ! Maybe there's one near ...
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Another push towards reason....

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Cannabidiol supplements aim to give higher quality of life to pets - The Daily Texan

Cannabidiol supplements aim to give higher quality of life to pets - The Daily Texan | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
As the Texas Legislature continues to debate legalizing medical marijuana for humans, people do have the option of purchasing related products for members of their households — specifically, their pets.
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And why not ?

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High Times Launches Petition to Free Prisoners Convicted of Non-Violent Cannabis Crimes

High Times Launches Petition to Free Prisoners Convicted of Non-Violent Cannabis Crimes | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
In the spirit of today’s holiday, High Times has launched a petition on Change.org to encourage the freeing of prisoners serving time for non-violent cannabis crimes.
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And fines remitted with interest following a declarative phrase "Sorry!" 

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Flaw and Disorder Committee "on drugs" petition response.

Flaw and Disorder Committee "on drugs" petition response. | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
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The Chair persons petition response is in conflict with 

(a) all known science 
(b) Ottawa charter 
(c) Human and Disability rights 
(d) our own National 'all drug' Policy 
(e) and the will of the people. 

We, the entire population of this country are being chronically and systematically fucked over.

That said we are maintaining a collective silence that closely approximates insanity.

We had the solution 'in our hands' with Helen Clark's crucial, if last thing she did as Prime Minister, caucus driven amendment to the principle act (MoD1975); Jim Anderton's "restricted substances regulations". I think many, on reading its concise and erudite 'reality based' solution were in disbelief. Not one political pundit, sitting member, religious council, treatment advocate or enforcement naysayer to be found in five years it was 'law'. Described by Professor Nutt as 'the worlds best drug laws' and that he had wished 'he had thought of them himself' it can only remain to be said.... silly buggers us!

We went from leading the world to anal retentive with the passing of the buck (poisoned chalice) to Peter Dunne, a sitting member elected on less votes than the unfunded and media ostracised Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party. Post Northland/Peters by-election, Dunne's one United Future vote holds sway over the entire politcal machine. 

Powers to which he is not entitled.

Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?

Big ups to all the petitioners, hero's every one.

http://prd-lgnz-nlb.prd.pco.net.nz/.../latest/whole.html

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Parkinson's Patients Report Subjective Relief From Cannabis - The Daily Chronic

Parkinson's Patients Report Subjective Relief From Cannabis - The Daily Chronic | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Patients with Parkinson's self-report cannabis to be a highly efficacious alternative medicine in the treatment of the disease, according to survey data published online ahead of print in the journal Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative...
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Cannabis has a role to play in all ageing related inflammatory  and neurodegenerative diseases.  The epidemiology is self evident.

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'Conservative warlord' Barry O'Sullivan backs medical cannabis

'Conservative warlord' Barry O'Sullivan backs medical cannabis | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Self-described "conservative warlord" and Coalition Senator Barry O'Sullivan has thrown his support behind a push to legalise medical cannabis.
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There is nothing 'conservative' about prohibition.

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Cannabis Charges Fall Dramatically in Colorado After (and Before) Legalisation

Cannabis Charges Fall Dramatically in Colorado After (and Before) Legalisation | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Cops seem to have sharply reduced pot charges in response to shifting public opinion.

Via Julian Buchanan
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This is what happens when one lacks moral authority! Should we be surprised?  As to how much money is being saved, you won't see the Police lining up to offer a guesstimate let alone account!

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PODCAST 27mins: The War on Drugs - Johann Hari

PODCAST 27mins: The War on Drugs - Johann Hari | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A hundred years after the war on drugs started - it's timely to ask just how did it start? Who started it? And why after all these years, does the war on drugs continue? And what would happen if you chose radically different drug policies. Journalist Johann Hari has travelled the world on a 3 year journey in search of these questions - from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn, to a notoriously violent Mexican town, to a heroin clinic in Liverpool.

Via Julian Buchanan
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As the conversation continues....

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 21, 8:23 PM

I was fortunate to be involved in the Liverpool Clinic in the early 1980s working with Dr John Marks, and with John’s help we set up the South Sefton Community Drug team.in Bootle, Merseyside and developed a comprehensive low threshold harm reduction services that provided heroin and methadone maintenance, oral and injectables! 


See video nos. 6 & 7 
http://www.fead.org.uk/contributor.php?contributorid=30

 

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THC Improves Surival Rate From Traumatic Brain Injuries

THC Improves Surival Rate From Traumatic Brain Injuries | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A recent study found that patients who had levels of THC in their bodies were less likely to die as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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So I have a serious brain injury and my prognosis is shite.... 

Wouldn't be nice if there was a benign  intermediary that arrested apoptosis, opened blood vessels (vasodilation) and left not a mark!

Would be a miracle in another time and another place!

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Meet flakka, the drug police say is making people run around nude and have sex with trees (USA)

But how dangerous is it, really?

Via ReGenUC
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Flakka!, if these so called informed enough to have an opinion folk were to be honest with themselves and the wider public they would have to admit, its prevalence and harms are consequence of, a thus a direct product of prohibition.

It's the rules, stooped! 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, May 19, 10:04 PM

A great piece by German Lopez on the power of sensationalist media coverage to distort community perceptions of drug related harm (particularly in relation to emerging drug types) and create public pressure for non-evidence based drug policy.

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As Barcelona Attempts Crackdown, New Report Underscores Benefits of Catalonia’s Cannabis Clubs

As Barcelona Attempts Crackdown, New Report Underscores Benefits of Catalonia’s Cannabis Clubs | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
On the eve of municipal elections Barcelona’s mayor has threatened to close nearly 90 percent of the city’s cannabis social clubs (CSCs), a myopic proposal that ignore
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Meanwhile NZ puts its citizens in jail for such creative initiatives.

consider:  

The paper, Innovation Born of Necessity: Pioneering Drug Policy in Catalonia, provides a comprehensive overview of the region’s approach to harm reduction and the evolution CSCs in Catalonia. As the report outlines, among the considerable societal benefits that CSCs offer are:   (see http://www.talkingdrugs.org/barcelona-crackdown-cannabis-clubs-open-society-report-drug-policy ;)

  

Providing a space that previously did not exist for consumption in private, decreasing visibility and the volume of buying and selling in public.The fact that membership to a club can typically only be gained by invitation, ensuring that cannabis use is not promoted among new consumers.Strict controls on the age of people who can access clubs (normally setting the minimum at 18 or 21 years) to ensure use isn't promoted among young people.Diverting users away from, and thus helping to diminish, the potentially far more dangerous black market.   

 

and... "Though the cannabis social clubs have no profit motive, they generate significant economic activity ... For example, a cannabis social club with 600 members requires roughly 10 employees to manage operations. If a million and a half people (a little more than 60 percent of daily users and frequent consumers (OEDT, 2011) purchased their cannabis from a cannabis social club, some 25,000 jobs would be generated."
 

In such a scenario, Spain's government could collect an estimated €411 million annually in direct revenue and potentially save €250 million per year in unemployment benefits thanks to the creation of 25,000 new jobs by CSCs.

And we punish such innovation..... pretty dumb policy!
Free the Daktavists Now!  

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Withdrawal drug could help cannabis addicts kick the habit - New Scientist

Withdrawal drug could help cannabis addicts kick the habit - New Scientist | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
An extract of cannabis itself could be the perfect drug to treat the growing numbers of people who want to kick their habit but suffer withdrawal symptoms
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Damn!  Cannabis cures Cannabis!
 

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New research reveals how cannabis compound could slow tumour growth - Press Release Archive - UEA

New research reveals how cannabis compound could slow tumour growth - Press Release Archive - UEA | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis could reduce tumour growth in cancer patients.
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I know there are many folk who think that espousing the apparent miracle cures of cannabis is a ticket for its redemption, and others who argue that its blatent prohibition and the attendant consequences reason enough, but it is delightful to report where science is taking us. It is entirely understandable that there is a dividend that accrues from the enablement of this research knowing how THC and the other cannabinoids interact in our homeostasis. More crucially however will be the enablement of the epidemiology - where we can actually research this within the population dynamic, unfettered by prohibition and its baggage. / Blair
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News Report: NYC Cannabis March 05.02.15

Coverage of legalization advocacy march and rally in New York City May 2, 2015.
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Apparently launched round the world at High Noon in Christchurch Cathedral Sq. NZ!  /[;-)

 

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Cannabinoid Deficiency May Explain Your Health Problems

Cannabinoid Deficiency May Explain Your Health Problems | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Researchers propose that cannabinoid deficiency could be the underlying cause of many ailments ranging from inflammation to age-related illness.
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When the truth of the deception is known, only then can restorative justice and good health and wellbeing be accounted. Anything else is a pretence.

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The Drug War, Not Terrorism, Brought Us Mass Surveillance

The Drug War, Not Terrorism, Brought Us Mass Surveillance | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

I have reasonable cause to believe Well, here's a corker: Federal officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are actually the source of our current domestic mass metadata collection madness, not the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA got the idea from them. It turns out the DEA had been engaged in mass metadata collection of all phone calls originating from the United States to many foreign countries all the way back in the 1990s, a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Of course, the reason back then was to fight the unwinnable drug wars. The DEA needed to know about your call to your aunt who lives in Italy in order to track down international drug cartels, obviously.


Via Julian Buchanan
MildGreen Initiative's insight:

I have reasonable cause to believe that the DEA may well have been tracking emails on drug policy and my movements.  In fact I would be damn well disappointed if they weren't.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, April 7, 10:57 PM

The drug war - coming to a school, workplace or home near you?
Watch this space!
 

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Endocannabinoid Deficiency Could Be To Blame For Your Chronic Health Conditions, Study Finds - Daily Health Post

Endocannabinoid Deficiency Could Be To Blame For Your Chronic Health Conditions, Study Finds - Daily Health Post | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The body produces these on its own.
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Not to forget its role in reducing anxiety, stress and tension associated with stressors in contemporaneous society, the set and setting effects. How useful that a biomedical resource exists within the spectrum of common available plants to supplement our dietary needs. 

 

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Two to appear on cannabis charges - Otago Daily Times

Two to appear on cannabis charges - Otago Daily Times | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
[image]A Wanaka man and a Kingston man will appear in the Queenstown District Court on cannabis cultivation charges on April 13 after a series of search warrant operations on Monday and Tuesday.
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I doubt these plants would produce an oz. or two between them.  'A serious question needs to be asked - was this effective use of Police resources?'

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‘War on Drugs’ a failure? Not at all, here are fifteen benefits we need to consider

‘War on Drugs’ a failure? Not at all, here are fifteen benefits we need to consider | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

It is widely assumed that the so called ‘war on drugs’ (the war between drugs) has been a terrible failure, and faced with the mounting evidence governments would want to change. This evidence is based largely upon an analysis of the failure of drug prohibition to reduce the demand and supply of banned substances, and a consideration of the associated harms caused in the process of prohibition. However, with a different agenda and focus it might be that this ‘evidence’ in terms of the failure to dent supply and demand, has over time, becomes secondary to other government and business interests. Seen in a different light, the Drug War has been a major success, providing many opportunities and benefits:


Via Julian Buchanan
MildGreen Initiative's insight:

The war on some drugs is an unashamed sort, grift and war crime.

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, April 2, 5:13 AM

Seen in a different light, the Drug War has been a major success providing considerable opportunities and benefits - take as look:

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A qualitative study by Murray Wilson, investigating the association between social exclusion, stigma and long term problem drug use in a New Zealand town

A qualitative study by Murray Wilson, investigating the association between social exclusion, stigma and long term problem drug use in a New Zealand town | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Conclusion:
The cohort interviewed show significant experiences of stigma, trauma and a disrupted life journey. These experiences became considerably exacerbated by problematic drug use and it appears most of the respondents have internalised and embraced a permanent status as ‘addicts’ with limited expectation of change. Respondents spoke of being ‘parked’ on methadone in respect of their drug problem and excluded from employment. This research suggests there is a need to look beyond the presented problem of addiction and its apparent solution of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and explore a more holistic strength-based approach that addresses issues of inequality, social care and discrimination. 


Via Julian Buchanan
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Drug policy holistic? A political debate addressing issues of inequality, social care and discrimination?. [Northland By Election is a case in point]. We cant even get to grips with cost-benefit. And we choke on 'policy impact statements' that don't have Police NHQ approval.

Mate Wairua and Addiction are a metaphors for a spectrum of pathologies, It is a craven error of judgement believing the solution warrants warrants and stigma 'as a health intervention'.

The problem is political, rooted in our social ecology, just so, is the solution.

Change the rules people!. Its the stuff of social capital.

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 24, 4:00 AM

Important qualitative NZ study that explores the life journey of people with a history of long term problematic us. The research discovers a group of people struggling with personal, social and political dislocation before PDU became established - people who now are labelled and discarded by the master status of ‘addict’.