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The government's plan to curb drug-driving is a car crash

The government's plan to curb drug-driving is a car crash | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
David Nutt: Once again the government ignores the advice of its own scientists, while loosening up rules for pubs on the motorway

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:35 PM

Cannabis displaces alcohol harms. In particular in and around roads.

Drug Possession Laws's curator insight, October 12, 2013 12:50 PM

Any zero tolerance policy is inherently stupid, especially for THC that could have been consumed weeks ago and is not imparing you.

That's actually the law in Arizona. 

http://www.myarizonadefenselawyer.com/2013/03/actual-impairment-not-a-factor-for-a-marijuana-dui-in-arizona/

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VIDEO 29mins: Julian Buchanan The Social Construction of Drugs: Stigma, Discrimination & the Drug Apartheid

This paper 'Barriers to Recovery: Stigma & Discrimination' given at the New Zealand Drug Policy Symposium 'Through the Maze: Making Treatment Better' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scoqktXn52Q


I argue that the social context is much overlooked in drug dependence, and in this paper I illustrates how problem drug use is to a large extent a social problem, exacerbated by criminalisation, exclusion, stigma and discrimination.

 

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Time to end stigma & discrimination of people who use illegal drugs 

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MildGreen Initiative's comment, March 27, 5:05 PM
And this research ( http://www.alternet.org/how-our-vengeful-society-destroys-vulnerable-people?akid=12937.104214.aaGEgM&rd=1&src=newsletter1033900&t=9 ) reinforces the notion that negative outcomes are a consequence of attitudes, perceptions and prejudices.
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The shared DNA of the War on Drugs & the War on Terror, in one chart

The shared DNA of the War on Drugs & the War on Terror, in one chart | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

If there was ever any doubt in your mind about the shared DNA between the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, consider the chart above. It shows the number of wiretaps granted by state and federal courts in 2013. You'll see that nearly 90 percent of the wiretaps were issued for drug offenses.

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Illegal Drugs Laws: Clearing a 50-Year-Old Obstacle to Research

Illegal Drugs Laws: Clearing a 50-Year-Old Obstacle to Research | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
For over 50 years, many medical drugs have been effectively banned from research and clinical treatment in the vain hope that this will stop recreational use. The scientific community should now challenge this pointless ban and get governments to improve their regulations so science can flourish.
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Jan Vajda's curator insight, April 17, 1:43 PM

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Ecuador Paradigm Shift on Drug Legalization: A Landmark Move

Ecuador Paradigm Shift on Drug Legalization: A Landmark Move | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A new bill in Ecuador seeks to change the national paradigm regarding drugs, decriminalizing the sale and use of a broad range of illicit substances. The bill aims for “comprehensive drug prevention, by establishing a legal and institutional framework to address drug use, and the regulation of the substances that are subject to control

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It is interesting to see and note, it is generally the smaller countries, (not the major players in Anglophile led global western capitalism), who have been/are leading the way to alternative drug policies: Uruguay, Ecuador, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

I suspect one of the many reasons is the vested interest of the the pharmaceutical industry and the power and influence of the legal drug industry (alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine) in Anglophile capitalist countries,

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The US move to legalize cannabis has not been led by the US government but forced through the ballot box by the US people

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REPORT: Global Prison Trends 2015 -Drugs & Imprisonment

This is intended to be the first of anannual series of reports designedto describe key global trends in theuse and practice of imprisonmentand to identify some of the pressingchallenges facing states that wish toorganise their penitentiary system inaccordance with international normsand standards.
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 14, 2:24 PM

New report out in crime and incarceration.

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Why we need prison-based needle and syringe programs NOW

Why we need prison-based needle and syringe programs NOW | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Prisoners are entitled to human rights, including the right to health. Under Canadian and international law, prisoners should benefit from a level of health care equivalent to what is available to all Canadians. We must always remind ourselves that when a person enters prison, the penalty is loss of liberty - and not the loss of one's health or life.

 

In solidarity, The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
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Synthetic cannabis: “I felt like I was going to die” NCPIC

Synthetic cannabis: “I felt like I was going to die” NCPIC | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

In a recent online survey of 18-25 year old Australians, 10% of respondents who have tried synthetic drugs said use of these dangerous substances resulted in them feeling like they were either going to die or that they had died already.

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REPORT: Medicinal Cannabis - The evidence

REPORT: Medicinal Cannabis - The evidence | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A report published by CLEAR cannabis law reform provides a complete and up-to-date review of the evidence that supports the use of cannabis as medicine.
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Hey, who needs evidence when you’re up against prohibition, propaganda and prejudice!

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Non-Smoker Exposure to Secondhand Cannabis Smoke II: Effect of Room Ventilation on the Physiological, Subjective, and Behavioral/Cognitive Effects

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Does opioid substitution treatment in prisons reduce injecting-related HIV risk behaviours?

Does opioid substitution treatment in prisons reduce injecting-related HIV risk behaviours? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This report critically analyses access to essential medicines such as opiate substitution and harm reduction practices in prisons.
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‘War on Drugs’ a failure? Not at all. Here are sixteen benefits we need to consider!

‘War on Drugs’ a failure? Not at all. Here are sixteen benefits we need to consider! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | 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:

Julian Buchanan's insight:

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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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, April 2, 7:13 PM

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

 

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VIDEO 4mins▶ Did You Know: War on Illegal Drugs Exposed

SIGN THE VIENNA DECLARATION: www.viennadeclaration.com A video for anyone who wants to better understand the failures of prohibition and learn more about alt...
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Revealing facts!
Although it's worth noting that it been successful in:
 

1. Protecting the privilege and market of legal drugs
2. Providing the police with excellent powers to stop search arrest

3. Providing excellent opportunities for police/state to seize assets

4. Provided excellent business opportunity for the penal industrial complex

5. Provided excellent opportunities for the drug surveillance and testing business
6. Provided excellent opportunities for the drug rehab business

7. Provided excellent opportunities for the state to control the poor, indigenous people and people of colour 

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VIDEO 7mins ▶ International Drug Policy: The Failure of Prohibition

www.DrugPolicyAbuse.com Drug policy abuse is the intentional pursuit or promotion of a drug policy that has been shown to cause harm. If your politician suff...
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Here are the real beneficiaries of prohibition:
https://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/15-benefits-from-the-war-on-drugs/

 

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ARTICLE: Caffeine a psychoactive drug increases striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptor availability

ARTICLE: Caffeine a psychoactive drug increases striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptor availability | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Translational Psychiatry explores the more translational area between the research in neuroscience and conceptually novel treatments
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A psycho active drug that goes under the radar and doesn’t count culturally as ‘drug use’ or 'getting high'

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RECOMMENDED VIDEO 76mins▶ @ProfDavidNutt British Neuroscience Association Public Lecture 2015

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Prof. David Nutt always speaks good rational, well reasoned and evidenced based sense...

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VIDEO 25mins When the Drug Pushers Are BigPharma - US Fatal ODs spiral out of control

VIDEO 25mins When the Drug Pushers Are BigPharma - US Fatal ODs spiral out of control | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Opioids now cause more deaths than any other drug in the United States, more than 16,000 in 2010, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Staten Island has a drug overdose case every five days. Its death rate is three times the national average.

The active ingredient in opioid painkillers comes from opium fields like those in Tasmania.

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BigPharma pills sneak under the drug radar with devastating consequences

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VIDEO 4mins: Cannabis Users 'Coming Out Green' To End Stigma Over The Herb

VIDEO 4mins: Cannabis Users 'Coming Out Green' To End Stigma Over The Herb | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As increasing evidence builds to show the medicinal potential and relative safety of cannabis, courage is building and its prohibition is crumbling.
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We need to dispel negative ideas towards whatever substance people choose to consume -not just cannabis.

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VIDEO 14mins: by @DrCarlHart This Is Your Brain on Drugs #TheTruth

Just Say No, This Is Your Brain on Drugs--there was no shortage of anti-drug PSAs in the 1980s. But were any accurate? Dr. Carl Hart did the research and is ...
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Dr Carl Hart speaks sense on Methamphetamine

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The start-up planning Marley-branded weed just raised $75 million in funding

The start-up planning Marley-branded weed just raised $75 million in funding | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Investors are starting to take the cannabis industry very seriously indeed if the latest funding figures from start-up Privateer Holdings are anything to go by. Privateer invests in one thing - legal cannabis – and counts among its investments the Marley-branded weed being launched later this year. Now it has closed on $75 million (£50 million)worth of funding, bringing its total funding to $82 million (£54 million).
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"Some drug reform entrepreneurs may attempt to hail privileging cannabis as an incremental step in the right direction, but the widespread and growing public support for decriminalisation, (and ultimately the regulation of all drugs), could be dissipated by this tokenistic gesture to invite cannabis to sit around the table of the powerful. While alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and maybe cannabis enjoy privileged status, the scourge, oppression and madness of a drug apartheid, remains an affront to human rights, a system of punishment and control that will continue to haunt this generation and future generations to come, one that will be remembered shamefully in history. The international system of drug control is deeply flawed and damaging to individuals, communities and countries. It needs naming, exposing and dismantling. There can be no minor adjustments, or so-called incremental steps to accommodate the status quo, abolition is what is required not compromise."

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https://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/power-democracy-and-drug-reform-change-in-2015/

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The Drug War, Not Terrorism, Brought Us Mass Surveillance

The Drug War, Not Terrorism, Brought Us Mass Surveillance | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

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

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, April 8, 11:10 PM

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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LETTER: Protecting the human rights of people who use psychedelics - The Lancet Psychiatry

LETTER: Protecting the human rights of people who use psychedelics - The Lancet Psychiatry | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

People have used psychedelics in spiritual practice for at least 5700 years, pre-dating all major organised religions. 100 years ago, members of rival religious groups campaigned against Native American use of psychedelic peyote cactus. However in the 1950s, concerned scientists used evidence and human rights arguments to defend peyote users, leading to legal exemptions for specific groups. When psychedelics spread to the wider society in the 1960s, this was also acknowledged by religious scholars and governments as a spiritual movement (eg, the UK Home Office).

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Neuroscientists call for immediate action to determine the dangers and benefits of cognitive-enhancing drug use in healthy people

Neuroscientists call for immediate action to determine the dangers and benefits of cognitive-enhancing drug use in healthy people | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The government, pharmaceutical industry, and national medical organizations need to work together to look at the harms and benefits of long-term use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by healthy individuals, say British neuroscientists in a new article.
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Legal High Caffeine drinks can trigger sudden heart attacks, even if you're healthy

Legal High Caffeine drinks can trigger sudden heart attacks, even if you're healthy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Too many energy drinks can trigger sudden heart attacks even in healthy people, according to scientists who warned parents to watch how many cans their children consume.
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Video 13mins: The Racist Origins & Terrible Failure of the 'War on Drugs'

–Johann Hari, author of the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, joins David to discuss the failures of the war on drugs, it...
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