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.
Julian Buchanan's insight:
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.
Michael Botticelli is nominated to take over a position previously held by law enforcement officials and physicians.
Julian Buchanan's insight:
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
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.
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).
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. […]
This Thematic paper presents the key findings of the European Union’s research project on Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines, known as the DRUID project. The project looked at experimental studies, epidemiological studies, enforcement, classification of medicines, driver rehabilitation, withdrawal of driving licence, and dissemination and guidelines. Over 5 years of work across 18 countries, the project has produced some 50 reports, each one contributing key evidence to road safety policy. The thematic paper therefore aims to summarise the findings of one of the biggest research projects ever carried out in the EU on drugs and driving.
Rapists and murderers come and go, but he's there for the duration. Jeff Mizanskey is serving a life sentence without parole for marijuana. He has been in prison since right after I was born 21 years ago. Jeff is the only person in Missouri sentenced to die behind bars for marijuana, a victim of the state's rather unique three strikes law.
Each year, 15,000 people die in the USA from prescription opiate overdoses. And the stigma of addiction is making it worse
Julian Buchanan's insight:
In a time when it is widely accepted we need to manage drugs differently there is a risk that we lurch blindly at change.
We see drug regulation as the answer but drug regulation isn't inherently good - if big business and in this example BigPharma have unbridled control and extensive freedom to promote major problems can arise from the culture and patterns of use. Here we see a massive problem of fatal overdose from prescription drugs.
The article also speaks of the stigma of addiction being the problem which it really is, so after years of trying to combat stigma reformers with the back of the mighty USA are now together ready to remove the stigma from addiction but the US will guide us all to the disease model of addiction as the answer to that problem.
So tackling criminalisation and stigma is momentous but regulation in the shape of a commercial BigPharma monopoly combined with the 12 step disease model of addiction is jumping out of the 'frying pan into fire'.
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…
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.
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.”