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UK Police issue scratch n sniff CANNABIS cards to help the public spot drugs farms

UK Police issue scratch n sniff CANNABIS cards to help the public spot drugs farms | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Crimestoppers say drugs farms are up 15 per cent in the past year, so homes in 13 areas across the country are being sent marijuana-scented paperwork to sniff out illegal plantations nearby.
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I just wish this silly, ill-conceived, hugely expensive and damaging war on cannabis would end, and public money wasted on enforcement measures like this could instead be better spent on things like health and education, and all the time saved by the police could be diverted to catch criminals.

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PODCAST 60mins Ending Prohibition With a Hangover by Julian Buchanan

PODCAST 60mins Ending Prohibition With a Hangover by Julian Buchanan | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

This socially constructed bifurcation of substances established a Drugs Apartheid that outlawed particular drugs so what we have is a 'War between Drugs' that ultimately became a war on people who used substances that didn't have government approval.

Black and Minority Ethnic groups and the discarded working class have been major casualties in this war. Radical drug law reform rooted in scientific evidence and human rights is needed to end the oppressive and unjust drug laws that have caused more harm than good.

 

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While there is some understandable excitement and celebration at seeing prohibition begin to crumble - these are critical, if not dangerous times of change. Using international examples this lecture will outline the need for change, critically evaluate the risks of particular drug policy changes and explore principles to underpin drug law reform.

 

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Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of top pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. Could this be a major co…
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no surprise sadly...

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VIDEO 5mins: University of Madrid Spain declares Cannabis able to kills cancer

Dr Christina Sanchez explains HER WORK...I do not own the rights to this video....I pass it along as information. Please watch responsibly.
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Drug Trade?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Drug Trade? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
With the recent capture of "El Chapo," the richest drug cartel leader in the world, let's take a look at what he was known for -- a global drug trade.
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The cannabis industry in Europe is a 29.6 million dollar industry. This is the money European governments miss out on because the drug is not legalized (almost everywhere in Europe). Then there are the added HUGE expenses wasted on criminal justice procedures relating to the cannabis drug trade.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ethanol (alcohol) vs Psilocybin (magic mushrooms)

INFOGRAPHIC: Ethanol (alcohol) vs Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Alcohol vs Psilocybin (Conflict Copy) | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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I love INFOGRAPHICS!

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VIDEO 3mins ▶ DRUGO Animation by Global Commission on Drug Policy illustrating Folly of Prohibition

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Illustrates that prohibition, incarceration and fierce law enforcement have failed to deter illegal drugs and have done more damage than the illicit drugs ever posed. But the analogy is otherwise misleading because while DRUGO the dragon has been outlawed other dragons LEGALO (alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, pharmaceutical drugs, food drugs etc) have been peddled, promoted and supported by kings and queens. So LEGALO has been airbrushed out of the animation, and it suggests a life without DRUGO would be [wrongly] desirable but is unrealistic. We would never want a world without drugs.

Good intentions - but we've never had a war on drugs - what we have is a war against particular drugs. A drug apartheid. Society is probably more pro-drugs now than it's ever been.

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USA Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states

USA Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Researchers aren’t sure why, but in the 23 U.S. states where medical marijuana has been legalized, deaths from opioid overdoses have decreased by almost 25 percent, according to a new analysis.

“Most of the discussion on medical marijuana has been about its effect on individuals in terms of reducing pain or other symptoms,” said lead author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber in an email to Reuters Health. “The unique contribution of our study is the finding that medical marijuana laws and policies may have a broader impact on public health.”

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Interesting - is substitution taking place?

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Tennessee Drug Tests Welfare Applicants, Discovers Less Than One Percent Use Drugs

Tennessee Drug Tests Welfare Applicants, Discovers Less Than One Percent Use Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
That's a positive drug use rate of 0.12 percent, compared to an 8 percent illegal drug use rate for the state generally.
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The reasons for drug testing people on welfare benefits are nonsense, the results are suspect and unreliable - but hey it's a successful way to distribute public money to private companies!  $$$$$$

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VIDEO 28mins ▶ Smoking Weed with the President of Uruguay

Check Out The VICE Podcast with José Mujica: http://www.vice.com/read/the-vice-podcast-uruguays-president-jose-mujica At the end of 2013, Uruguay became the ...
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Ending the War on Drugs: A Radical Take From Emerging Leader Dr. Carl Hart

Ending the War on Drugs: A Radical Take From Emerging Leader Dr. Carl Hart | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | 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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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?
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Despite Legalization, Colorado Teenagers Stubbornly Refuse to Smoke More Pot

Despite Legalization, Colorado Teenagers Stubbornly Refuse to Smoke More Pot | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New survey data from Colorado indicate that marijuana legalization so far has not led to an increase in pot smoking by teenagers, as prohibitionists warned
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As far as I'm aware Portugal noticed similar trends among young people

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cannabis Regulation Compared in US States

INFOGRAPHIC: Cannabis Regulation Compared in US States | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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White House nominates Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, to be drug czar

White House nominates Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, to be drug czar | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Michael Botticelli is nominated to take over a position previously held by law enforcement officials and physicians.
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A poor appointment - a man who has little interest in scientific evidence based approaches but instead leans upon stories from anti-drug pressure groups. Listen to his responses here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9FrA-Mu_RM

 

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VIDEO 17mins: Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris The brain on psychedelic drugs

Very Informative talk on the mechanics of the psychedelic experience. Filmmaker: MATT FAW
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Debating Drugs: How to Make the Case for Legal Regulation | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control

Debating Drugs: How to Make the Case for Legal Regulation | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

This is a guide to making the case for the legal regulation of drugs from a position of confidence and authority. Organised into 12 key subject areas, it provides an at-a-glance summary of the arguments for legal regulation, followed by commonly heard concerns and effective responses to them. It is the product of Transform’s extensive experience debating the issues around legal regulation, and running workshops to equip supporters of reform with the arguments and nuanced messaging needed to win over a range of audiences. 

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Cannabis-infused fizzy drinks on sale in US - Telegraph

Cannabis-infused fizzy drinks on sale in US  - Telegraph | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The 'ridiculously relaxing' drinks come with 10mg of marijuana in cherry, lemon or pomegranate flavour
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Perfect for calming down crowd madness at alcohol fueled events?

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Full ARTICLE: Drug dealers, retaliation, and deterrence

Full ARTICLE: Drug dealers, retaliation, and deterrence | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Results

We find that dealers’ use of retaliation is linked to four kinds of deterrence—general, specific, situational, and permeating—and that these are combined into three forms: namely, specific-situational; specific-permeating; and comprehensive (i.e., all four kinds simultaneously).

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Cigarettes Proven to Be More Dangerous Than Marijuana

Cigarettes Proven to Be More Dangerous Than Marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Cigarettes have been proven to be more dangerous than marijuana. Marijuana may also be an alleged safer substitute for cigarette smoking because effects of marijuana are slim in detrimental use versus smoking cigarettes states an influx of studies. Cigarettes contain 40,000 chemicals, 43 of the additive chemicals are proven to cause cancer, they are carcinogenics. […]
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No surprise here...

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VIDEO 22mins ▶ Drug Takers, Policy Makers & Change - Lessons from Portugal

Britain's drug policy has been under scrutiny in recent years, with even deputy PM Nick Clegg suggesting wholesale changes are required to tackle the country...
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New Publication for Women Injectors

New Publication for Women Injectors | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
WOMENwhoInject_HIV_specficNeedsPOLICY_BRIEF2014 Here is a link to an excellent newly released briefing jointly published by INPUD, UNODC's HIV team, and UN Women looking at the particular challenge...
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The mean cost of Sativex® per patient per annum is estimated at NZ$8,000 growing your own to self medicate cost 7yrs prison!

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A sign when democracy, freedom and humanity have got lost to greed, privatisation and profit.

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ARTICLE: Drugs, Money, and Graphic Ads: A Critical Review of the Montana Meth Project

ARTICLE: Drugs, Money, and Graphic Ads: A Critical Review of the Montana Meth Project | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Montana Meth Project (MMP) is an organization that launched a large-scale methamphetamine prevention program in Montana in 2005. The central component of the program is a graphic advertising campaign that portrays methamphetamine users as unhygienic, dangerous, untrustworthy, and exploitive. Montana teenagers are exposed to the advertisements three to five times a week. The MMP, media and politicians have portrayed the advertising campaign as a resounding success that has dramatically increased anti-methamphetamine attitudes and reduced drug use in Montana. The program is currently being rolled out across the nation, and is receiving considerable public funding. This article critically reviews the evidence used by the MMP to claim that its advertising campaign is effective. The main finding is that empirical support for the campaign is weak. Claims that the campaign is effective are not supported by data. The campaign has been associated with increases in the acceptability of using methamphetamine and decreases in the perceived danger of using drugs. These and other negative findings have been ignored and misrepresented by the MMP. There is no evidence that reductions in methamphetamine use in Montana are caused by the advertising campaign. On the basis of current evidence, continued public funding and rollout of Montana-style methamphetamine programs is inadvisable.

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The dangers of ‘drug driving’ revealed in first major study #FalseClaimsHerePresence=Cause

The dangers of ‘drug driving’ revealed in first major study #FalseClaimsHerePresence=Cause | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
MORE than 40 people die on our roads each year due to “drug driving’’, the first major study undertaken of deaths directly caused by drugs has revealed.
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Testing positive for drugs - that can stay in your system for days, weeks or months even - doesn't provide evidence of driving under the influence of drugs. #FearMongering #AnotherWarBetweenDrugsStrategy

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VIDEO 10mins ▶ Joe Rogan on The True Reason Pot is illegal

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Daily Telegraph censured over Philip Seymour Hoffman headline 'Kids grieve for junkie actor dad' headline #Discrimination

Daily Telegraph censured over Philip Seymour Hoffman headline 'Kids grieve for junkie actor dad' headline #Discrimination | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Australian Press Council (APC) has ruled News Corp tabloid The Daily Telegraph broke its standards of practice by running the headline "Kids grieve for
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Stigma, stereotyping and discrimination 

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