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.
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.”
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. […]
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.
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.
Julian Buchanan's insight:
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