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.
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.
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.
Russell Brand The Trews (E238). Author of "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs" Johann Hari (@johannhari101) joins me to discuss ...
Really important but not new. Set and setting are much more important than the substance Not sure that addiction hijacking the brain is a left wing perspective. For more debate on the social context of problematic drug use see:
Derided or applauded as America's No. 1 opponent of marijuana legalization, Kevin Sabet strives to strike a moderate tone. But where is he really coming from?
But now I’m not so sure if [money] is the key. After all, this is a guy who cut his teeth with folks who were prepared to let drug users die in the street in the pursuit of their fundamentalist agenda. Kevin was a prodigy of sorts, a 20-year-old kid working with wealthy, prominent fanatics.
So I’ve lost some faith in the idea that Kevin is a money-driven opportunist who latched on to the anti-pot movement because he saw a gap in the market. Unfortunately the alternative is, if anything, even more disquieting.
I think we need to talk about Kevin.
Worrying that this guy get invited as an ‘authority' on cannabis - been invited to speak in New Zealand twice on the subject!
Marijuana legalization is a controversial and multifaceted issue. This report provides a foundation for thinking about the consequences of different marijuana policy options while being explicit about the uncertainties involved.
A research study based on analysis of publicly available data has found that recent marijuana use was associated with symptoms of airway inflammation, but that moderate lifetime use was not associated with clinically significant changes in measures of lung function. The study is the largest cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between marijuana use and measures of lung health to date.
Massess and masses of money has been spent searching desperately for the dangers posed by illegal drugs - and for cannabis in particular.
Evidence should inform policy, and indeed evidence should shape research funding priorities - not scaremongering or punitive populist agendas. How about researching the positives and benefits of cannabis instead -and
January saw the devastating news of the deaths of four men over Christmas and New Year – all believed to have taken the same pink Superman pills containing the drug para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA). This drug, which has a similar composition to PMMA, has been around since the 1970s but due to its lack of positive effects was soon rejected by many. It is therefore assumed that most people were consuming what they thought was (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) MDMA. Effects and Psychopharmacology
We need to avoid being seen to support drug testing (of people) which is part of the drugs war, and be clear we are talking here about 'Testing Drugs’ - never call it drug testing because of widespread use of that phrase already in an altogether different meaning and context.
Around six in ten young people become homeless because their parents or carers are unable or unwilling to accommodate them. This is usually due to a relationship breakdown of some kind.
From our research, it is clear that households are coming under increasing financial pressure, which is having an effect on youth homelessness. As a result, 11% of youth homelessness cases are due to unemployment while living in the family home, 9% are due to benefit reductions and 5% are due to overcrowding.
We believe the impact of welfare reform and changes to individual benefits are affecting young people directly, as well as placing increasing pressures on their families. Loss of tenancy due to benefit changes have also become more common.
The U.S. government’s so-called “War on Drugs” predates Richard Nixon’s coinage of the term in 1971 by many decades, though it is under his administration that it assumed its current scope and character.
The drugs war will sit alongside the slave trade, the Iron Curtain and the South African apartheid as another dreadful atrocity. As I said five years ago:
"In decades to come future generations will look back to this period in history with incredulity and disbelief at the: inconsistencies and stark contrast in approach towards legal and illegal recreational drug use; at the individual, local, national and global damage caused by prohibition of specific recreational drugs; at the way the war on drugs has become a civil war fuelling stigma, prejudice and discrimination upon particular drug users; and at the hypocrisy as we can sit back and read this article while enjoying a glass of red wine, while at a nearby neighbourhood someone might be facing a prison sentence having been caught smoking their home-grown cannabis." (p.259)
Buchanan, J. (2010) Drug policy under New Labour: Prolonging the war on drugs, Probation Journal: The Journal of Community and Criminal Justice, Special Edition: Criminal Justice under New Labour, Vol. 57, No.3,
The war on drugs causes unncessary harm to millions of people across the world. The spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of people are all a direct result of completely misguided policies driven by dogma. The International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) calls for an end to this war on our people and for a new period of peace and intelligent open debate.