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Cranfords debuts its high THC, machine-rolled cannabis cigarettes

Cranfords debuts its high THC, machine-rolled cannabis cigarettes | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Cannabis cigarettes are now a reality: Forget about the Internet hoaxes. Cranfords is now selling all-marijuana cigarettes in more than 20 Colorado shops.
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BigBusiness stepping in ... and it'll start getting messy

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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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Cannabis and psychosis - The Lancet Psychiatry

Cannabis and psychosis - The Lancet Psychiatry | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Causal inferences from case–control studies are always hazardous, particularly with poor matching and incomplete specification and imprecise measurement of possible confounds. The unwanted influence of relevant group differences, whether measured or left unmeasured, might only be compounded by brute application of statistical controls. Awareness of the obvious political and policy implications of results, and the likely misuse to which they could be put, apparently failed to discourage the authors from inappropriate causal inferences and ignoring of obvious limitations of their study. This failure can only serve to distract readers from the important message concerning the need for a distinction between higher and lower potency forms of cannabis, even if it should be made with greater precision and in the context of a prospective study.

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The drug wars don’t work

The drug wars don’t work | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
        IN 1971 Richard Nixon fired the first shot in what became known as the “war on drugs” by declaring them “public enemy number...
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David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish

David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.
David Simon is Baltimore’s best-known chronicler of life on the hard streets. He worked for The Baltimore Sun city desk for a dozen years, wrote “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets” (1991) and with former homicide detective Ed Burns co-wrote “THE CORNER: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF AN INNER-CITY NEIGHBORHOOD”1 (1997), which Simon adapted into an HBO miniseries. He is the creator, executive producer and head writer of the HBO television series “The Wire” (2002–2008). Simon is a member of The Marshall Project’s advisory board. He spoke with Bill Keller on Tuesday.”

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Will Legalising Cannabis Help End or Extend Prohibition?

Will Legalising Cannabis Help End or Extend Prohibition? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Ironically, the legalisation of cannabis might actually bolster prohibition. The global and united drug reform movement could be undermined by an unintended consequence of  privileging cannabis to join the elite drugs and subsequently ‘divide and rule’ to maintain the bifurcation process. No doubt, and understandably, after the decades of oppression suffered by cannabis users, legalisation of their drug of choice will be met with a celebration of the new found freedoms and privileges, but possibly also by a lack of interest to fight to end the prohibition of all drugs. Indeed, further, it could give rise to a new momentum against ‘drugs’ or ‘hard drugs’ – as recently liberated cannabis users redefining themselves as herbalists or sensible recreational users of ‘soft’ drugs.

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It's worth keeping an eye on where we want to be...

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The Truth About Flakka: the Latest 'Cannibal Drug' #MoreDrugWarPropaganda

The Truth About Flakka: the Latest 'Cannibal Drug' #MoreDrugWarPropaganda | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Last year it was bath salts, the year before that it was mephedrone – but there has always been bullshit.
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VIDEO 41mins▶ CNN Weed 3 Documentary 2015 Dr Sanjay Gupta

Dr Sanjay Gupta docu series on cannabis
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Anyone with a life limiting illness that is not responsive to pharmaceutical drugs should NEVER be punished for self medicating with cannabis -utter madness

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ARTICLE: Caffeine Use Disorder -A Comprehensive Review and Research Agenda.

ARTICLE: Caffeine Use Disorder -A Comprehensive Review and Research Agenda. | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the world. Although consumption of low to moderate doses of caffeine is generally safe, an increasing number of clinical studies are showing that some caffeine users become dependent on the drug and are unable to reduce consumption despite knowledge of recurrent health problems associated with continued use. Thus, the World Health Organization and some health care professionals recognize caffeine dependence as a clinical disorder. In this comprehensive literature review, we summarize published research on the biological evidence for caffeine dependence; we provide a systematic review of the prevalence of caffeine dependence and rates of endorsement of clinically meaningful indicators of distress and functional impairment among habitual caffeine users; we discuss the diagnostic criteria for Caffeine Use Disorder-a condition for further study included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.); and we outline a research agenda to help guide future clinical, epidemiological, and genetic investigations of caffeine dependence. Numerous controlled laboratory investigations reviewed in this article show that caffeine produces behavioral and physiological effects similar to other drugs of dependence. Moreover, several recent clinical studies indicate that caffeine dependence is a clinically meaningful disorder that affects a nontrivial proportion of caffeine users. Nevertheless, more research is needed to determine the reliability, validity, and prevalence of this clinically important health problem.

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DSM-5 Could Mean 40% of College Students Are "Alcoholics"

DSM-5 Could Mean 40% of College Students Are "Alcoholics" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Most college binge drinkers and drug users don’t develop lifelong problems. But new mental-health guidelines will label too many of them addicts and alcoholics.
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This year's scary new drug is neither new nor scary.

This year's scary new drug is neither new nor scary. | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Dr. Carl Hart explains Flakka, the latest drug hysteria. Flakka is the new Bath Salts.
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The Drug War propaganda is getting boring ....same old.
Meanwhile alcohol, caffeine and Big Pharma drugs go under the radar. 

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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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This Kind of Sugar Triggers Unhealthy Cravings #GreatWayToSellMore

This Kind of Sugar Triggers Unhealthy Cravings #GreatWayToSellMore | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It's not the type you'd expect
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Sugar -the drug we don't talk about

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Full Article: Human rights, public health and medicinal cannabis use

Full Article: Human rights, public health and medicinal cannabis use | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This paper explores the interplay between the human rights and drug control frameworks and critiques case law on medicinal cannabis use to demonstrate that a bona fide human rights perspective allows for a broader conception of ‘health’. This broad conception, encompassing both medicalised and social constructionist definitions, can inform public health policies relating to medicinal cannabis use. The paper also demonstrates how a human rights lens can alleviate a core tension between the State and the individual within the drug policy field. The leading medicinal cannabis case in the UK highlights the judiciary’s failure to engage with an individual’s human right to health as they adopt an arbitrary, externalist view, focussing on the legality of cannabis to the exclusion of other concerns. Drawing on some international comparisons, the paper considers how a human rights perspective can lead to an approach to medicinal cannabis use which facilitates a holistic understanding of public health.
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School drug tests: Costly, ineffective, and more common than you think

School drug tests: Costly, ineffective, and more common than you think | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Some require random drug tests for chess club and marching band. Other schools don't need any reason at all.
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lots of more material on drug tests:
http://www.scoop.it/t/drugs-society?q=drug+testing

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Synthetic cannabis overdoses overwhelming Pennsylvania hospitals

Synthetic cannabis overdoses overwhelming Pennsylvania hospitals | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Some patients were so agitated they had to be put in restraints and given sedatives. "There was a period of time when we used all the large ventilators," a doctor says. "The ICU was running out of staff."
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Video 6mins Supply Cannabis in USA: Long Prison for Blacks, Big Profit for Whites?

Video 6mins Supply Cannabis in USA: Long Prison for Blacks, Big Profit for Whites? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
4/21/15: CNN Newsroom - Van Jones and Justin Wolfers (Economic and public Policy Professor at University of Michigan) discuss the "missing" 1.5 million black...
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Jamaica Legalizes Cannabis for Medicinal, Scientific and Religious Purposes

Jamaica Legalizes Cannabis for Medicinal, Scientific and Religious Purposes | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Jamaica just legalized marijuana for medicinal, scientific and religious purposes. Personal use and cultivation of up to five plants is allowed and the way is paved for cannabis tourism.Cue the Reggae.
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REPORT: EMCDDA | Treatment of cannabis-related disorders in Europe

REPORT: EMCDDA | Treatment of cannabis-related disorders in Europe | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

While most of those receiving treatment for cannabis-related problems
are treated in outpatient settings, treatment in inpatient settings is also reported by the majority of countries. Given the young age and often limited level of problems experienced by many cannabis users, Internet-based interventions are a promising approach which is already supported by some evidence.
Addressing shortcomings and limitations will help to increase the overall availability and quality of treatment for cannabis use disorders in Europe, which may reduce the potential long-term negative effects in this relatively young group of drug users. The high levels of cannabis use in some parts of Europe, coupled with growing challenges to the drug’s status as a controlled substance and possible shifts in the social acceptability of the drug, underline the importance of meeting current treatment needs and remaining vigilant for future changes.

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Rob Duke's curator insight, April 22, 5:48 PM

A look at how things are done across the "pond"...

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Police Say Kidnapping Medical Marijuana Activist's 11-Year-Old Son Is for 'the Child's Well-Being’ #Outrageous

Police Say Kidnapping Medical Marijuana Activist's 11-Year-Old Son Is for 'the Child's Well-Being’ #Outrageous | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Yesterday Shona Banda, the Kansas medical marijuana activist whose home was searched after her 11-year-old son challenged anti-pot propaganda at school, failed to regain custody of the boy, who is now under the control of Child Protective Services (CPS). "I am not giving up," Banda said after yesterday's family court hearing. "I will get him, and I am not going to stop until I do."

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The DrugWar Comes Home 

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Ending Prohibition: Towards Strict Regulation or Human Rights?

Ending Prohibition: Towards Strict Regulation or Human Rights? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
 by Julian Buchanan 13th April 2015 A Strict Regulation Approach... Gangsters can’t be in charge of drug distribution we must end prohibition. Drugs are dangerous and need to be strictly regulated....
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Our concern with control and regulation should be primarily centred upon multi-national corporations and business enterprises, not upon the consumer.

The freedom, liberty and human rights must be protected from the controlling or paternalistic state and from the exploitation of multi-national corporations and businesses..

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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

Přidejte svůj pohled ...

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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

Julian Buchanan's insight:

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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