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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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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?
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Despite Legalization, Colorado Teenagers Stubbornly Refuse to Smoke More Pot

Despite Legalization, Colorado Teenagers Stubbornly Refuse to Smoke More Pot | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New survey data from Colorado indicate that marijuana legalization so far has not led to an increase in pot smoking by teenagers, as prohibitionists warned
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As far as I'm aware Portugal noticed similar trends among young people

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cannabis Regulation Compared in US States

INFOGRAPHIC: Cannabis Regulation Compared in US States | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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ARTICLE: The Abject Failure of Prohibition by Alex Wodak

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, August 10, 8:31 PM

Alex pulls no punches.... 

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Video 2mins: Electric Zoo Festival compulsory anti-drugs Video to deter drug use

This year’s Electric Zoo dance-music festival will reportedly require all attendees to watch a two-minute video encouraging them not to use drugs. The New York event has instated a slew of new anti-drug policies in response to incidents last year, when two people died and several were hospitalised after allegedly taking MDMA.

Come to Life is the name of Electric Zoo’s anti-drug campaign, which has a flagship public service announcement directed by Dexter creator James Manos and his 19-year-old daughter, Ellie. Consequence of Sound reportsthat no one attending the late August festival will be permitted to activate their ticket wristbands unless they first watch the clip.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/aug/06/dance-festival-to-make-attendees-watch-an-anti-drugs-video?utm_content=bufferc9984&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

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Will is deter drug use?

Will alcohol be sold at the festival?

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VIDEO 2mins: No Drug Ever Went to Prison. So Why Are We Fighting a War Against Them?

VIDEO 2mins: No Drug Ever Went to Prison. So Why Are We Fighting a War Against Them? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sending people to prison for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses doesn’t work. That’s why police officers started this innovative program.
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The Drug Dealer in the Cupboard [BigPharma]: How The Prescription Drug Epidemic Revived Heroin in USA

The Drug Dealer in the Cupboard [BigPharma]: How The Prescription Drug Epidemic Revived Heroin in USA | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It pains me to say this, but after more than 5 years of continuous sobriety—5 years in which I lived in rehabs and halfway houses, worked in the drug and alcohol treatment industry, and spent thous...
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BigPharma BigMarket BigProfits - who prefer to drugs debate to concentrate on the dangers of cannabis

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New Zealand's Peter Dunne calls cannabis users a nuisance and refuses to support medical cannabis

New Zealand's Peter Dunne calls cannabis users a nuisance and refuses to support medical cannabis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Medicinal marijuana support group Green Cross director Billy McKee said "That's the most frustrating thing for us - we've got the medicine within reach. [Dunne] can sign a piece of paper for one poor dying kid to use CBD cannabis oil but he won't do that. "Dunne said the Ministry of Health has yet to receive any formal requests to run trials of cannabis oil or cannabis liquid products. He said it was up to pharmaceutical companies to run trials for their products, and campaigners should direct their calls to them. 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Paternalistic , patronizing and punishing from a government that recently opened a massive tobacco factory in Wellington. A government so worried to deny sick people treatment via medicinal use cannabis that has never killed anyone, but not so worried to promote, manufacture and sell proven lethal drugs for recreational use.

Medical use of cannabis shouldn't be only available to purchase from pharmaceutical companies - people would be able to grow their own and self medicate 

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What Science Says About Marijuana compared to other drugs

What Science Says About Marijuana compared to other drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
While marijuana is not harmless, it is less dangerous to human health than alcohol and tobacco.
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Flight Attendant to Festival Travellers: Flush Your Drugs Sniffer Dogs Waiting

Flight Attendant to Festival Travellers: Flush Your Drugs Sniffer Dogs Waiting | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sniffer dogs waiting in airport.
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Respect to the flight attendant - but does it not seem strange that airport duty free shops are major pushers of dangerous legal drugs thrusting all sorts of cheap offers and adverts to encourage us to purchase large quantities of tobacco and alcohol - and then have sniffer dogs to detect, arrest and punish users of non approved (often less dangerous) drugs.

Does it not seem a little perverse or contradictory?

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G4S New Zealand Limited SCRAM or sobriety bracelets or alcohol tag

G4S New Zealand Limited SCRAM or sobriety bracelets or alcohol tag | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Alcohol and location monitoring services from G4S New Zealand Limited.
In December 2012 G4S New Zealand was contracted to provide transdermal remote alcohol monitoring as part of a two-year pilot programme jointly managed by the ministries of Justice and Health, to the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court (AODTC) based in Auckland. Subcontracting to Environmental Scientific Research (ESR), a Crown enterprise that provides the drug testing part of the contract, G4S supplies, fits, services, and monitors SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM CAM) bracelets to around 30 programme participants at any one time.  

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Czech activists issues complaint to European Court of Human Rights for denying cannabis

Czech activists issues complaint to European Court of Human Rights for denying cannabis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Very detailed and comprehensive arguments provided in the case of "Cannabis is The Cure versus Czech Republic"

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ARTICLE: Drugs, Money, and Graphic Ads: A Critical Review of the Montana Meth Project

ARTICLE: Drugs, Money, and Graphic Ads: A Critical Review of the Montana Meth Project | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

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.

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The dangers of ‘drug driving’ revealed in first major study #FalseClaimsHerePresence=Cause

The dangers of ‘drug driving’ revealed in first major study #FalseClaimsHerePresence=Cause | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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.
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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

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VIDEO 10mins ▶ Joe Rogan on The True Reason Pot is illegal

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Daily Telegraph censured over Philip Seymour Hoffman headline 'Kids grieve for junkie actor dad' headline #Discrimination

Daily Telegraph censured over Philip Seymour Hoffman headline 'Kids grieve for junkie actor dad' headline #Discrimination | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Australian Press Council (APC) has ruled News Corp tabloid The Daily Telegraph broke its standards of practice by running the headline "Kids grieve for
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Stigma, stereotyping and discrimination 

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Crimea's Heroin Addicts Are Dying Under Russian Drug Laws | VICE News

Crimea's Heroin Addicts Are Dying Under Russian Drug Laws | VICE News | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Before annexation by Russia, Crimea was known for progressive drug policy. But Moscow has now banned methadone and addicts are suffering.
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Harm reduction needs no introduction ...it's been around a long time and is well evidenced as an effective and obvious strategy.

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$35bn Growth Industry - The USA Addiction Rehabs #DriversForAbstinenceOnlyApproaches?

$35bn Growth Industry - The USA Addiction Rehabs #DriversForAbstinenceOnlyApproaches? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Drug, alcohol and other addiction rehab in the United States is big business - $35 billion this year. There are now 14,000+ treatment facilities and growing. A total of 2.5 million persons received treatment, but many more need it and facilities are filled to capacity. However, insurance coverage for rehab is limited. As a result, most of the tab is paid by government/state agencies. High end niches have emerged for the well-heeled (think Hollywood celebrities) and new niches are emerging in areas such as: sex addiction, problem gamblers, Internet addiction, and nicotine addiction. Facilities are also diversifying into treating people with anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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There are wonderful business opportunities from Drug Testing and Drug Rehab!!

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Synthetic Drugs: Investigating A Global Epidemic #ProhibitionFuelledMarket?

Synthetic Drugs: Investigating A Global Epidemic #ProhibitionFuelledMarket? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Many of the more than 300 new synthetic drugs on the market are known to trigger unpredictable, sometimes fatal, highs. They're now commonplace, often legal. And the effects can be devastating.
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Since cannabis legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic low #drugdriving

Since cannabis legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic low #drugdriving | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Despite claims of an increase in "drugged drivers," Colorado's roads have gotten safer.
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Randy Collins's curator insight, August 12, 11:49 AM

Very interesting info about highway fatalities since the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado.

MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, Today, 2:00 AM

Displacement of Alcohol harms? Credible 'enabled' education? Respect or rule of Law? or a combination of all three (or more).

 

I believe a review of the med-pot States vs the non-med pot States is showing similar decreases in fatalities, particularily in the at risk group, <25 males.

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Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes: a systematic review

Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes: a systematic review | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Electronic cigarettes are a recent development in tobacco harm reduction. They are marketed as less harmful alternatives to smoking. Awareness and use of these devices has grown exponentially in recent years, with millions of people currently using them. This systematic review appraises existing laboratory and clinical research on the potential risks from electronic cigarette use, compared with the well-established devastating effects of smoking tobacco cigarettes. Currently available evidence indicates that electronic cigarettes are by far a less harmful alternative to smoking and significant health benefits are expected in smokers who switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes. Research will help make electronic cigarettes more effective as smoking substitutes and will better define and further reduce residual risks from use to as low as possible, by establishing appropriate quality control and standards.

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A Home Test for Detecting Dangerous Caffeine Levels

A Home Test for Detecting Dangerous Caffeine Levels | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The shocking news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose in May highlighted the potential dangers of the normally well-tolerated and mass-consumed substance. To help prevent serious health problems that can arise from consuming too much caffeine, scientists are reporting progress toward a rapid, at-home test to detect even low levels of the stimulant in most beverages and even breast milk.
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Strangely our three chosen legal drugs (alcohol, nicotine and caffeine) that are culturally embedded and heavily promoted can all kill in very high dosages. 

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When Rational Thinking & Evidence Challenges Impervious Ideological Beliefs - Ouch!

When Rational Thinking & Evidence Challenges Impervious Ideological Beliefs - Ouch! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Kathy Gyngell co editor of Conservative Woman (UK) writes:
"Alex Stevens, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Kent, is better known for his drug legalising and lobbying activities.  When not teaching or researching criminal justice he spends much of his publicly funded time on the drugs debate circuit, at seminars and conferences pressing his cause. I debated against him last autumn at the Cheltenham Literary Festival and a very smooth operator he was too.

Despite all the evidence to suggest the only way to reduce teen drug ‘harm’ is to stop them using drugs at all, he continues to push the case for the decriminalisation of cannabis possession, even for children. He appears to sincerely believe that such a move would prevent thousands of children from being unfairly criminalised – though warnings and cautions with no criminal sanction, not arrest or prosecution, are the order of the day."

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It would be good if these claims were referenced

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A good example of "bias blind spot" and projection.
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VIDEO 15mins ▶ We Are Drug Users - Voices From The Global Movement Of People Who Use Drugs

We Are Drug Users - Voices From The Global Movement Of People Who use Drugs was launched at "Through the Eye of the Needle - A Celebration of Drug User Activ...
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They are people who use prohibited drugs - everyone in society is using drugs (tea, coffee, red bull, alcohol, sugar, tobacco, ritalin etc), and indeed society promotes drug use.

So these people are not unique for using drugs - but they are using drugs that society prohibits, punishes, stigmatises marginalise and discriminates against. They are the victims of a fiercely imposed drug apartheid - a war between drugs.

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The federal government’s incredibly poor, misleading argument for marijuana prohibition

The federal government’s incredibly poor, misleading argument for marijuana prohibition | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It's a case built on half-truths and radically decontextualized facts taken from otherwise solid research.
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