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FULL ARTICLE: The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy [Prohibition]: Cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco

FULL ARTICLE: The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy [Prohibition]: Cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Results. With the exception of higher drug use in San Francisco, we found strong similarities across both cities. We found no evidence to support claims that criminalization reduces use or that decriminalization increases use.

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This is an old study (2004) but it does add further weight that decriminalisation will not necessarily result in any increased use of cannabis or other drugs

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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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Moderate Cannabis Use By Adolescents Doesn't Hurt IQ

Moderate Cannabis Use By Adolescents Doesn't Hurt IQ | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A paper presented at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Berlin says that moderate cannabis use by adolescents does not lead to educational or intellectual decline, but that heavy cannabis use is associated with slightly poorer exam results at age 16. 

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This debate begins with some prejudicial slur alleging something unfounded - just like the Crack Cocaine Baby scare and then we have to spend two or maybe three decades discussing, debating and researching what was an unfounded claim in the first place.... hhhmmmm!

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VIDEO 9mins▶ The War On People • Overcriminalized #2: Substance Abuse

The "War on Drugs" has been a complete disaster since 1971. Now police have alternatives to incarceration that actually help people -and save money for the t...
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Alcohol blamed for 40% rise in UK liver disease deaths in 12 years #TheMassExperimentPrivilegingAndPromotingAlcoholMustEndDecriminaliseAllDrugs

Alcohol blamed for 40% rise in UK liver disease deaths in 12 years #TheMassExperimentPrivilegingAndPromotingAlcoholMustEndDecriminaliseAllDrugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Regional study shows significant variations in mortality across country, and men twice as likely to be diagnosed as women
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The Mass Experiment Privileging And Promoting Alcohol Use Must End - Decriminalise All Drugs

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Passive Cannabis Smoke Can Result in a Positive Drug Test

Increased cannabis potency has renewed concerns that secondhand exposure to cannabis smoke can produce positive drug tests. A systematic study was conducted of smoke exposure on drug-free participants. No presumptive positives occurred for non-smokers at 100 and 75 ng/mL; a single positive occurred at 50 ng/mL; and multiple positives occurred at 20 ng/mL. Maximum THCCOOH concentrations by GC-MS for non-smokers ranged from 1.3 to 57.5 ng/mL. THCCOOH concentrations generally increased with THC potency, but room ventilation substantially reduced exposure levels.


These results demonstrate that extreme cannabis smoke exposure can produce positive urine tests at commonly utilized cutoff concentrations. However, positive tests are likely to be rare, limited to the hours immediately post-exposure, and occur only under environmental circumstances where exposure is obvious.

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99% of the time drug tests shouldn’t be carried out

I’m still debating the usefulness and relevance of the 1%!

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10 Shocking Reasons to End the Drug War

10 Shocking Reasons to End the Drug War | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This is not your ordinary Top 10 Buzzfeed list. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition , a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs, created this list to show why the War on Drug...
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Decriminalisation first before trusting the state with regulation

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Randy Collins's curator insight, October 20, 2:41 PM

Few people will argue that the War on Drugs is working, but are you aware of the damage? Take a look at some shocking points here.

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‘I’ll NEVER stop smoking cannabis’ MS sufferer Susan Lunn prosecuted for a third time in UK

‘I’ll NEVER stop smoking cannabis’ MS sufferer Susan Lunn prosecuted for a third time in UK | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer who once vowed to continue smoking cannabis even if it means going to jail has been prosecuted for the third time. Former special constable Susan Lunn, 44, pleaded...
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As a woman with an incurable life limiting illness trying to self medicate to make life more bearable maybe she’s being ‘persecuted’ by the state!

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US state legalise cannabis While Australia Police Keep Raiding Australia's Cannabis Capital #CatchCriminalsInstead

US state legalise cannabis While Australia Police Keep Raiding Australia's Cannabis Capital #CatchCriminalsInstead | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Tourists come by the truckload to Nimbin, New South Wales, to score pot, and many locals have no trouble with the cottage drug industry. Nevertheless, the authorities are cracking down on dealers. Wha…
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Police wasting time and tax payers money when there are victims who need support and crime that need clearing up.

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Regulated Legal Stimulant Drugs could cause public health problems, says WHO study

Regulated Legal Stimulant Drugs could cause public health problems, says WHO study | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Researchers argue for cap on caffeine levels, citing health risks, particularly when the drinks are consumed with alcohol
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The drugs that go under the radar as non-drug - all part of the drug apartheid that has socially constructed a bifurcation between state approved and state punished possession of substances!

Time to be honest, rational and scientific. 

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Old time cough syrup labeling and the side effects of medical disclaimers

Old time cough syrup labeling and the side effects of medical disclaimers | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Check the ingredients in this cough syrup. In the "good ol' days" drug companies didn't have to include long disclaimers when they marketed their products.
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VIDEO 6mins: Teen Knocked Out By NYPD For A Cigarette #MainThreatToDrugUsersIsTheState

"The family of a Brooklyn teenager is suing the NYPD, claiming an officer knocked their son out and gave him brain damage after mistaking his cigarette for m...
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Regulated legal drug part of wider problem in New Zealand

Regulated legal drug part of wider problem in New Zealand | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New Zealand's culture is ingrained with the idea that drinking alcohol is not only normal, but essential.
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MildGreen Initiative's comment, October 12, 11:05 PM
The notion that one drug formulation is favoured over another resonates across the alcohol industry (IE: Chardonay vs Riesling, Beer vs Whiskey etc) but escapes policy wonks when it comes to alcohol vs cannabis. Ludicrous! (If it wasn't so damn deceptive, counter intuitive and harm maximising)
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My Application Letter to Be America’s Drug Czar by @speele5

My Application Letter to Be America’s Drug Czar by @speele5 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Dear Mr. President,

I couldn’t help but notice that your new drug czar, just like the previous one and all the others, opposes decriminalizing drug use. I also noted that Mr. Botticelli has been in recovery for 25 years, which means for him abstinence.

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Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time high

Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time high | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Farmers grew ‘unprecedented’ 209,000 hectares of opium poppy despite US spending $7.6bn on counter-narcotics efforts
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VIDEO 12mins▶ Michelle Alexander on the War on Drugs and the [Racist] Politics Behind It

Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow, speaks about the political strategy behind the War on Drugs and its connection to the mass incarceration of B...
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Colorado Latest Update: is legal, crime is down, traffic fatalities are declining and fewer teens are lighting up

Colorado Latest Update: is legal, crime is down, traffic fatalities are declining and fewer teens are lighting up | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Face it: marijuana is legal, crime is down, traffic fatalities are declining and fewer teens are lighting up
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Woes of British fuelled opium addiction shape Chinese debate on legalising marijuana

Woes of British fuelled opium addiction shape Chinese debate on legalising marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Detention of celebrity cannabis users leads some to question drug penalties, but China hasn't forgotten its 'century of humiliation'
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MS Sufferers DENIED £500 a Month Cannabis Based Sativex

MS Sufferers DENIED £500 a Month Cannabis Based Sativex | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sativex, a UK produced drug for multiple sclerosis sufferers, has been rejected by the medical institute ironically named NICE for its huge price tag.
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Worse than not being given BigPharma cannabis - the state will punish people with incurable conditions who seek to self medicate with the plant - that’s even more bizarre, inhumane and totally unreasonable.
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REPORT: WHO Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

REPORT: WHO Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Consolidated World Health Organization guidance on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations strongly advocates universal access to needle exchange for injectors and for dependent opioid users to indefinite, high-dose methadone and buprenorphine maintenance.

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Why I don't see drug reps – a GP's take on Big Pharma spruiking

Why I don't see drug reps – a GP's take on Big Pharma spruiking | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Here’s what I remember. It was 14 years ago, and I was a junior doctor working in psychiatry. Some colleagues planned a dinner as an end-of-term celebration and, despite reasonable incomes, they decided…
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Colorado cannabis revenues hit a new high #JusticeHumanRightsScienceHadLittleImpactButMoneyWill

Colorado cannabis revenues hit a new high #JusticeHumanRightsScienceHadLittleImpactButMoneyWill | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Tax revenues reach $45 million in first 8 months of year.
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The demons in drug law reform: A critical look at regulation & stigma

The demons in drug law reform: A critical look at regulation & stigma | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

At a time when it is now widely accepted we need to manage drugs differently because the prohibition of particular drugs has caused more damage than the drugs society was purported to be protecting us from, there is a risk drug reformers seize any offers of apparent positive change – without thinking more critically about what is on offer. 


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The legal drug industry profiteers realise support from the law enforcement regime of the drug apartheid is in its final chapter, and we observe a strategic shift and reconfiguration taking place to secure new civil controls through abstinence, drug testing and a disease model. As drug reformers we need to push for revolutionary reform at this critical moment in time, and demand a rational, evidenced based approach to drug policy with human rights and harm reduction at the centre. The campaign against drug prohibition should not be allowed to be dissipated by an invitation to cannabis to join the elite substances on the privileged side of the drug apartheid, nor by the offer to replace prohibition with strict state regulation. Tweaking or transforming the present corrupt model rooted in racism, colonial interest and misinformation is not an option.

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Ideas Hub: Decriminalise Now!

Ideas Hub: Decriminalise Now! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The War on Drugs has failed. According to a recent poll conducted by the Observer, where 84 per cent said that the War on Drugs and the UK's current approach to drugs was failing, it seems that the vast majority of Britons think so too.

So, what should be the next step? A few of those polled might want to ramp up the Drug War, pump billions more into drug enforcement, hand out more criminal records, hunt down every person taking drugs and shove them into jail and if there isn't any space...build some more. But, this, quite rightly isn't being taken seriously. Instead, the overarching consensus for what needs to be tackled is the UK's aggressive, draconian and punitive approach to drugs. The solution: decrminalisation

Julian Buchanan's insight:

The first and foremost change to reduce harm and restore human rights would be to prioritise the decriminalisation of personal possession of all substances. Once the human right to possess and consume what an individual chooses with their own body is restored, without fear, threat or punishment from the state, then the complex and tricky road of developing appropriate drug market regulations can begin, but there are a number of potential threats to derail this much needed drug policy change as illustrated in the graphic above. Drug policy change is now possible and indeed likely, but we need to make sure the opportunity is not squandered or hijacked by drug reform entrepreneurs because it could be another four decades before the next opportunity arises.


see http://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/the-demons-in-drug-law-reform/
 

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REPORT: Overdose Prevention Services Upon Release from Prison: Best Practices from Scotland, Denmark, Italy and Spain, 2014

REPORT: Overdose Prevention Services Upon Release from Prison: Best Practices from Scotland, Denmark, Italy and Spain, 2014 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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What 20 year Study on Cannabis Actually tells Us by @_cingraham

What 20 year Study on Cannabis Actually tells Us by @_cingraham | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Reefer madness over a new marijuana study.
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Nice clarification and rebuttal ... now can we stop defending and debating cannabis. This straw man wastes as inordinate amount of time better spent on tackling the serious harm from drug policy.

If you want to research cannabis please start looking into the positive social and health benefits - particularly epilepsy.

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Entrepreneurs eye emerging marijuana markets

Entrepreneurs eye emerging marijuana markets | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
When James Howler created his marijuana-infused taffy in 2009, even accountants were leery of being associated with the legally fuzzyt product. Now, investors are knocking on his door.
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