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Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade

Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Last January Kennedy went public with his beliefs, launching Smart Approaches on Marijuana, or Project SAM, a campaign to keep marijuana illegal and address the failings of the drug war through other means...Kennedy and Sabet propose a mandatory screening for marijuana addiction, according to the “Legal Reform” section of their website. That could lead to “marijuana education,” and ultimately a year in a “probation program to prevent further drug use.” And if the pot smoker still insists on getting high? It’s handcuffs time.

“Incarceration is a powerful motivator,” says Kennedy, who after a prescription drug-related car crash in 2006 spent a year urinating in front of a probation officer three times a week. He faced a jail term if he relapsed. “That does it for a lot of people,” he added. “That’s the turning point: hearing that judge say treatment or jail.”


Via Julian Buchanan
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First they embrace the language of reform... then they own it. As if it is the only alternative position from blanket prohibition. The problem I have with Sabet et al is they leave everything that is broken, broken.  Like NarcAnnon et al. Project SAM has no respect for the 'self' -  with Sabet the higher power is the duress of the closed walls of a penitentiary. They cannot answer the question, if that failed before, what is it your proposing that will make it work now?

 

How would Project SAM (or a NZ facsimile) prevent/reduce the connection between alcohol and good times/success/accomplishment while exposing its health downsides?  One only needed to visit the enormously popular "HomeGrown" event last weekend in Wellington to see the dichotomy and irony. Primary sponsor "Whisky" under the guise of "MakingHistory" = Police called this event a 'success'...

 

Who looks deluded?

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, February 17, 12:01 PM

Kennedy & Sabet reveal how the prohibitionists will shift from police enforcement to invasive health enforcement - with the ultimate threat of incarceration.

Beware of joining the lobby "Drugs are not a crime problem they are a health issue" unless you are happy to support abstinence, drug testing and compulsory treatment.

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Study compares harms of marijuana use with alcohol use

Study compares harms of marijuana use with alcohol use | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The study found that for high school seniors, alcohol consumption led to unsafe driving and compromised relationships with peers, while marijuana consumption was found to compromise relationships with authority figures.
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notably also:

 

The researchers stress that marijuana and alcohol are associated with unique adverse outcomes in teens. Outcomes differ by sex and race/ethnicity, and perception or experience of adverse outcomes may also be related to legal status and associated stigma. Public health interventions may be more effective by focusing on prevention and harm reduction strategies for these drug-specific outcomes.

"We hope that the findings of this study will contribute to the ongoing debate on marijuana policy and its perceived harm when compared to alcohol," concluded Dr. Palamar.

 

see Womans Health and Wellbeing "buggered by cannabis law" report at http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140901/Study-compares-harms-of-marijuana-use-with-alcohol-use.aspx

 

 

These sure are  "unique adverse outcomes" - regular users caught in proportion to posession risk,  a direct function of zero tolerance policing? under law..



Consider too the supply  chain,  largely friendly networks where Growers 100% risk, and  perceptions of law 100% alienated.


Whereas: Cannabis consumers make good friends!  


Alcohol consumers need to hang on to their mates!  (Canterbury District Health Board, Community and Public Health Poster) 


This research sure makes a mockery of the longheld attitude within Healthy Christchurch, clearly inconsistent with 'all voices at the table'  Ottawa Charter principles. 

Perhaps the authors comments on cannabis and its social ecology, adverse consequences and disable health promotion has a higher relevance now. 

Time to source and distribute some reality drug education  to all New Zealand political candidates.... especially the ones who profess to care about the youth, who on this issue  seemingly are happy we are doing enough!

Journalistic 'devils advocates' have long shaped the political dialog. [Hone's about turn questioned?  Good lord media, is alcohol advertising paying your wages?]

 

Med Pot doesn't do justice to the argument. Emotionally yes, but the harms remain. This is the Justice to administer 'honestly' and the failure to resolve it, the  f'email/male scandal of the century. We should equally be embarrased.... 'the stigma' and association with mental health is a travesty.  

For the price of a free lunch, we could have best practice education and restore Labour's  Class D 'all drug policy' -


Restricting substances [regulations] are the required  bottom line for heralding good governance, social stability and economic conservatism, without which our reality  post 20th Sept will be a sonombulistic cactus cake.

Class D  is the Stuff of Social Capital! 
The research is in, it is exonerative.
We have a choice, Stay Sick  or Get Well Soon.  


 


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Alcohol vs Psilocybin

Alcohol vs Psilocybin | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Alcohol vs Psilocybin | Piktochart Infographic Editor

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Glaringly obvious..... but not to the tough on crime folk. Prison for a shroom is a 'cruel and unusual punishment". Our drug policy is a breach of reason, a violation of dignity and contrary to human rights. Vote for cognitive liberty by demanding a cessation to hostilities. Drug Peace Now.

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Ending the War on Drugs: A Radical Take From Emerging Leader Dr. Carl Hart | The Fix

Ending the War on Drugs: A Radical Take From Emerging Leader Dr. Carl Hart | The Fix | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
As a public figure neuroscientist Carl Hart is changing minds about drug use itself. This after fighting the drug wars and then fighting the racism and myths behind them.
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"then you start to see that this isn’t so much about the drugs, it’s about going after groups that we don’t like." - Dr. Carl Hart

There comes a time  when data is just the plural of anecdote....

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Since cannabis legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic low #drugdriving

Since cannabis legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic low #drugdriving | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Despite claims of an increase in "drugged drivers," Colorado's roads have gotten safer.

Via Julian Buchanan, Randy Collins
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Displacement of Alcohol harms? Credible 'enabled' education? Respect or rule of Law? or a combination of all three (or more).

 

I believe a review of the med-pot States vs the non-med pot States is showing similar decreases in fatalities, particularily in the at risk group, <25 males.

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Randy Collins's curator insight, August 12, 8:49 AM

Very interesting info about highway fatalities since the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado.

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The War on Drugs Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

The War on Drugs Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Neighborhoods are not warzones, and police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies.

Via Julian Buchanan
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As we celebrate the last 40years of the NZ Armed Offenders Squad. No one notices the escalation of firepower and resources  give to the AOS and the corresponding 'relationship' with the war on some drugs. Look at t deaths of Police Officers (on and off duty) many of whom are dead because of prohibitions unintended consequences of alienation from rule of law, deviancy amplification and confrontational dispute resolution. 

Would Officer Len Snee be alive or dead today if cannabis had been put into the "Restricted Substances Regulations 2008" ?  

 

If the answer is ALIVE then it wasn't cannabis, or its purveyor that killed him, it was the rules....  

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, July 20, 6:41 PM

Disturbing trends...

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Major drug haul at routine check

Major drug haul at routine check | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Police net "significant" amount of drugs, cash after pulling over car as driver wasn't wearing seatbelt.
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"Burns said the drug haul demonstrated that routine road stops could uncover serious offending"- at the risk of implementing 'stop and frisk' and all that that means in feeding prejudices and injustices on a grand scale.

Cannabis, LSD and MDMA are the least of our problems. The Police are furthering their deceitful case of saving us all from a myriad of made up social harms as they continue their litany of lies they call 'better stories'. They might like someday to explain exactly when prohibition (of some drugs) is expected to start working.

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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
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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, 4:26 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.


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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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At Cannabis Clubs, Customers Mingle Over Marijuana - NPR

At Cannabis Clubs, Customers Mingle Over Marijuana - NPR | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
At Cannabis Clubs, Customers Mingle Over Marijuana
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In Colorado and Washington recreational pot shops are now legal, while in Europe, "cannabis social clubs" have gotten creative.
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Social Clubs the likes of the Daktory are a solution.

All courage to those who supported it in New Zealand and Lived Like It Was Legal. 

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Fast Fire on Cannabis: Who's for legalisation? - National - NZ Herald News

Fast Fire on Cannabis: Who's for legalisation? - National - NZ Herald News | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A new survey shows that an emphatic majority of voters want to partially or fully legalise cannabis, but there is little appetite for change among most political parties. - New Zealand Herald
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Mr Bell said the absence of political will to change the status quo was "irresponsible".

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The War Against Special Interest Control of Cannabis

The War Against Special Interest Control of Cannabis | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Once a struggle between reformers and prohibitionists, marijuana policy has quite suddenly become a battle between reformers and powerful monied interests and their political friends.
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"The cronies want limited numbers of licenses, excessive fees, customer limits on possession limited to small (i.e. high priced ) retail quantities, levels of tracking and containment worthy of plutonium, and ridiculous requirements for testing. (Do you need reports on mold spore levels from specially licensed labs when you buy a tomato at a roadside farm stand?) To divert attention from the oligopoly, such rules are always couched in spurious claims about their benefit to society.
 

It is not just the mom and pop store the big guys want to thwart. Suppressing home grow is their greatest obsession In Washington State, after legalization, a person can still get ten years in prison for growing a single plant. While those who have used their connections can grow thousands."

 

Doesnt look much like the reform I would like to see. Hell, I wouldnt be allowed to grow my own under these rules, but more viciously. the very people who benefit most are those who would have whipped my ass before reform.  

Perhaps Colorado and Washington should have listened to the New Zealand model (restricted substances regulations 2008) when they had the opportunity. But thats 'merkans for ya.!  

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Cannabis in fiery crash driver's system - Stuff.co.nz

Cannabis in fiery crash driver's system - Stuff.co.nz | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Cannabis in fiery crash driver's system Stuff.co.nz A Hamilton man had the active ingredient from cannabis in his system, should have been on a compulsory break and constantly sped on the night he caused the death of a Levin woman and her son in a...
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Absent any evidence of impairment (from cannabis) all that has been found is the exhaust, the metabolites of some earlier consumption. Metabolites are proof of nothing. That should not discount the other factors, or that were he IMPAIRED due to cannabis, he should not have been driving. The key question is IMPAIRMENT, not presence of something that is only an indicator of use. Research on 'culpability' in accident scenarios (vs mere measureing the background cannabis use in society) shows It is quite possible that moderate cannabis use has NO BEARING WHATSOEVER. Indeed the research in this crucial aspect in South Australia showed moderate cannabis use was LESS LIKELY to be a factor in (causative) accident frequency and severity than people who didnt consume cannabis at all.  That is why research has also shown that tiredness, stress, prescription medications  and other distractions (cellphones/txt etc) ARE significantly greater factors.

Where we need to make progress is in education that is enabled (we know what to teach, we just need the receptive audience to hear it) that is targeted towards teh at risk group, mainly young males. There is your effective intervention. However as many will realise 'credible education' comes at the price of prohibition - the removal of the double standards that the *identified  impediment to that outreach.  

*New Zealand House of Representatives Health Select Comte report, Cannabis and Mental Health.  

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ARTICLE: The Abject Failure of Prohibition by Alex Wodak


Via Julian Buchanan
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Alex pulls no punches.... 

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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, 4:47 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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