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The war on drugs killed my daughter - Anne-Marie Cockburn @5742Days

The war on drugs killed my daughter - Anne-Marie Cockburn @5742Days | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Martha Fernback, 15. died from taking 91% pure ecstasy. Anne-Marie Cockburn is campaigning for drug legalisation to spare others her ordeal
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Global drug policy does more harm than the drugs they purport to protect us from: http://julianbuchanan.podomatic.com/entry/2012-07-04T17_03_17-07_00

 

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Samara Palmer's curator insight, June 25, 2014 7:53 AM

Too many children dying in ignorance of the consequences of taking drugs.I feel so much sympathy for the families & the destruction of family life through someone in the family using drugs,i have personally been touched with this  in my own family ,very little help for family members as they watch their child destroying their lves while dealing with the stigma involved & being looked down on through ignorance. This is spreading everywhere & support is very limited.

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Re: Should doctors prescribe cannabinoids? | BMJ

Re: Should doctors prescribe cannabinoids? | BMJ | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Well-reviewed evidence indicates that the benefits of medicinal cannabis far exceed the harms when used to palliate distressing symptoms in a number of chronic conditions.

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The European Drug Report and its Misplaced ‘Concern for Cannabis Users’ by @Monthrie

The European Drug Report and its Misplaced ‘Concern for Cannabis Users’ by @Monthrie | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Following a pattern that is quickly becoming a tired cliché in drug policy, we once again find prohibition exacerbating the very problems it claims to help solve. More than this, though, by perpetuating a myth about cannabis harms which seems alien to so many users of cannabis, the EMCDDA fails to advance the debate about how best to minimize the risks of cannabis use, instead appearing disconnected from the real facts at hand.

Cannabis isn’t as concerning as forced treatment for non-problem users, and the authors of the European Drug Report would have done well to make that clear.

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, June 20, 2014 12:00 PM

I believe that there is a concentrated on-going international effort to seize all and every bit of cannabis available on the market after which the authorities plan to PATENT it and sell the product at extra-ordinary profit rates. It is merely a question of the greedy ensuring they have their usual sole and exclusive rights before Cannabis becomes legal throughout all communities. Activists who are fighting to get the product legally approved, seem to by-pass this vital piece of information which can have major draw backs on especially the sick, who need the product for cures and building and other sectors that easily could have the product available in fair quantities at fair prices - if they manage to react in time to the dangers they face of PRICE FIXING by the sickly-greedy.

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Lawmakers should be parsimonious -- not sanctimonious -- on drug sentencing

Lawmakers should be parsimonious -- not sanctimonious -- on drug sentencing | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In the criminal justice context, parsimony dictates that sentences should be no greater than necessary to serve the legitimate goals of punishment, namely, retribution for past crimes, deterrence of future ones, and rehabilitation of the offender.
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VIDEO 9mins: Medical marijuana: The illegal madness and miracle. Part 2

VIDEO 9mins: Medical marijuana: The illegal madness and miracle. Part 2 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Two families torn apart by illness and tortured by the medication that is designed to save them have discovered the incredible benefits of marijuana. Top cops and anti-drug families talk to Sunday Night about discovering this illegal substance is not only relieving their pain but providing cures. Plus, the live viewer debate about legalizing marijuana.
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VIDEO 17mins: Dan with terminal bowel cancer is criminalised for using medical marijuana: The illegal miracle. Part 1

VIDEO 17mins: Dan with terminal bowel cancer is criminalised for using medical marijuana: The illegal miracle. Part 1 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Two families torn apart by illness and tortured by the medication that is designed to save them have discovered the incredible benefits of marijuana. Top cops and anti-drug families talk to Sunday Night about discovering this illegal substance is not only relieving their pain but providing cures. Plus, the live viewer debate about legalizing marijuana.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The position of denying, prohibiting and punishing people for self medicating with a herbal plant is unbelievably bizarre, inhumane and hard to fathom.

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Mother of schoolgirl who died from ecstasy overdose wants Home Secretary to legalise drugs in the UK

Mother of schoolgirl who died from ecstasy overdose wants Home Secretary to legalise drugs in the UK | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
GCSE student Martha Fernback, 15, died after taking MDMA which was was 91 per cent pure - compared to the average street-level purity of 58 per cent
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Criminalisation makes drug taking much more risky. Just as criminalisation would make alcohol, tobacco and coffee much more risky.

Here's how the risks are increased: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/324860445720576000

 

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UK mother of drug death schoolgirl forgives teenager who sold daughter ecstasy

UK mother of drug death schoolgirl forgives teenager who sold daughter ecstasy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Mother of 15-year-old Martha Fernback, who died after taking a fatal dose of ecstasy, warns the war on drugs is not working
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Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: Setting the record straight | by @TransformDrugs

Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: Setting the record straight | by @TransformDrugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The reality is that Portugal’s drug situation has improved significantly in several key areas. Most notably, HIV infections and drug-related deaths have decreased, while the dramatic rise in use feared by some has failed to materialise. However, such improvements are not solely the result of the decriminalisation policy; Portugal’s shift towards a more health-centred approach to drugs, as well as wider health and social policy changes, are equally, if not more, responsible for the positive changes observed. Drawing on the most up-to-date evidence, this briefing clarifies the extent of Portugal’s achievement, and debunks some of the erroneous claims made about the country’s innovative approach to drugs

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Decriminalisation is the way to go!
 

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Sara Conrad's curator insight, June 11, 2014 9:31 AM

Bravo Portugal. Activists, this is important news! End the Drug War! 

First Portugal, next the world. 

 

 

Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, June 13, 2014 6:31 AM

DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUGS IS DEFINATELY THE WAY FORWARD, IN MY OPINION

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Legal highs that mimic LSD & heroin to be banned in the UK #RepeatingSameOldMistakes

Legal highs that mimic LSD & heroin to be banned in the UK #RepeatingSameOldMistakes | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Government's official drug advisers call for LSD-like AMT and other tryptamines, as well as 'legal heroin' AH-7921, to be controlled as class A substances
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Countries will get tired of the legal high cat and mouse game. They'll eventually follow New Zealand's world leading approach by banning every legal high (past present & future) in one single legislative move - the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013.

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Shocking Results: Woman Replaces 40 Medications With Raw Cannabis Juice

Shocking Results: Woman Replaces 40 Medications With Raw Cannabis Juice | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Although the results may not be shocking to everyone, many people on the planet are just starting to wake up to the tremendous medicinal benefits that cannabis has to offer. A recent study conducted by the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany just discovered that the activation of the brain’s […]
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Big Pharma & the Drug Apartheid have hindered vital health care.

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"America's Longest War" A Film About Drug Prohibition - Reason.com

"America's Longest War" A Film About Drug Prohibition - Reason.com | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs of the US government's 40-year war on drugs.

 

Drug prohibition has failed. Drug usage rates have not declined, and illegal drugs are more available—and cheaper—than ever before. At the same time, the costs of the drug war are staggering. More than $1 trillion taxpayer dollars have been spent. More than 50,000 SWAT raids occur each year. Hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders are wasting their lives away in prison at our expense. And more than 60,000 people have been murdered in Mexico over the past six years.

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UK Police launch new gadget to detect cannabis-drivers #impairmentNotPresenseIsTheIssue

UK Police launch new gadget to detect cannabis-drivers #impairmentNotPresenseIsTheIssue | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new device detecting cannabis in drivers has been rolled out across Norfolk and Suffolk as part of a summer crackdown on drink and drug driving.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Gadgets, gizmo's that masquerade as providers of truth and certainty.

Having cannabis in your system isn't the issue. It can stay in your system for many weeks  -months even!
What we need to assess is impairment not presence. 

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The difference between legalisation and decriminalisation

The difference between legalisation and decriminalisation | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
THE war on cannabis seems to be slowly burning out. On June 12th Jamaica announced that it plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of the drug. Several...
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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.

 

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.

 

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How Neuroscience Reinforces Racist Drug Policy

How Neuroscience Reinforces Racist Drug Policy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Brain scans do not speak for themselves. The seemingly objective science of neuroimaging can be used to justify a moral argument for or against legal marijuana—to show it as a legitimate medicine, or as a danger to your health. 

 

Different-looking brains tell us literally nothing about who these people are, what their lives are like, why they do or do not use marijuana, or what effects marijuana has had on them. Neither can we use such brain scans to predict who these people will become, or what their lives will be like in the future.
 

Given these injustices, the kind of science that the Harvard study exemplifies offers a cautionary lesson in how neuroscience cannot be an unbiased form of knowledge that, as some posit, “speaks for itself.”

 

 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Good to see an article that locates the so-called research 'facts' and 'evidence' within a wider dominant ideology rather than separate from it. 
The wider ideology tends to be racist, sexist, classist and against illegal drugs, and the researchers are not immune from this environment. 

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ARTICLE: Cannabinoids in intestinal inflammation and cancer

Emerging evidence suggests that cannabinoids may exert beneficial effects in intestinal inflammation and cancer. Adaptive changes of the endocannabinoid system have been observed in intestinal biopsies from patients with inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. Studies on epithelial cells have shown that cannabinoids exert antiproliferative, antimetastatic and apoptotic effects as well as reducing cytokine release and promoting wound healing.

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Alcohol firms funding charities in order to gain political influence, claims study

Alcohol firms funding charities in order to gain political influence, claims study | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drinks manufacturers and retailers accused of adopting tobacco industry tactic of 'corporate philanthropy as a political device'
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Feed The Birds Campaign - sowing hemp seeds across the UK to end draconian drug laws

Feed The Birds Campaign - sowing hemp seeds across the UK to end draconian drug laws | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Feed The Birds is campaign to distribute nutritious and legal hemp seeds across Great Britain. We will utilise every able bodied human to spread hemp seeds to feed British and migratory birds.

It is also a campaign which supports the ethos that Cannabis prohibition has a negative impact on our society and gives hemp a bad reputation. We believe that if we reform these old fashioned laws it will have a positive effect on British people and the economy.

For thousands of years, hemp has been purposefully grown in great abundance across the British Isles, manifesting itself in historical town names and even lending it’s name to a native British wild life species who prefer the hemp plants seeds.

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A creative campaign in the fight for human rights

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Addiction: Depends on Rat in Cages or Playgrounds? | The Fix

Addiction: Depends on Rat in Cages or Playgrounds? | The Fix | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Be it drugs, alcohol, porn, overeating or whatever your personal addiction, put an abuser in a playground and see what happens. 
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▶ 6mins Sarah Graham from UK ACMD uses lots of anecdotes to argue for Criminalisation in Drugs Debate

June 5th 2014 The world-famous Oxford Union debate the motion is This House Would End the War on Drugs. David Browne the student proposer thought they were w...
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▶ 5mins: Support. Don't punish: Street Use OR Drug Consumption Room Use (Fr/En)

"Outside & Inside" is an educational documentary film about how the utility of consumption rooms for drug users. How is the consumption in these structures a...
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Highs and lows of New Zealand caffeinated culture by @davemarkshaw

Highs and lows of New Zealand caffeinated culture by @davemarkshaw | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Caffeine is what lubricates the wheels of our fast paced, goal driven society. It's a drug, but most of us don't think of it in that way. Caffeine makes us happy, alert and more energetic - New Zealand Herald
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Our drug policy is stuck in a time warp and fails to recognise that alcohol, tobacco and caffeine are drugs. http://www.thinglink.com/scene/335913192821620737

 

 

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Am I an AA Basher because I found Alcoholics Anonymous unhelpful? | The Fix

Am I an AA Basher because I found Alcoholics Anonymous unhelpful? | The Fix | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, I learned that AA's primary purpose was helping "other alcoholics to achieve sobriety" through working the 12 steps. To disagree was to "bash" AA. I believed AA could help MORE people if it was secular, not spiritual. I even objected to staying anonymous. Were we ashamed? People with other diseases organize 5K runs and put magnetic ribbons on their cars.
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