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Dr. Sanjay Gupta Explains The Science Behind A Bad Marijuana Trip

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Explains The Science Behind A Bad Marijuana Trip | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent explored the effects of cannabis on our bodies and the benefits of medical marijuana in a 2013...

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Does take-home naloxone reduce non-fatal overdose? : The Lancet

Does take-home naloxone reduce non-fatal overdose?. By - Trevor Bennett, Katy Holloway, Sheila M Bird
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Edi Schwager's curator insight, January 12, 2014 12:14 AM

To me it makes sense as long as people will get the necessary instructions.

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REPORT: The Harms of Drug Use: Criminalisation, Misinformation and Stigma pp.26

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The Harm of Drug Policy?

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Sugar Addiction: the bitter truth | The Times

Sugar Addiction: the bitter truth | The Times | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It’s addictive, it’s everywhere and scientists are coming round to thinking it does us no good at all
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Once we begin to question and dismantle the social construction of 'drugs' and indeed 'addiction' .. we begin to see that a wide range of substances having gone under the radar that are much more damaging and dangerous than the substances we have learnt to demonise as 'drugs'.

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ARTICLE: Under the influence | BMJ - the power of the industry to influence policy

ARTICLE: Under the influence | BMJ - the power of the industry to influence policy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Julian Buchanan's insight:

If drug and alcohol policy is not based on evidence (and it isn't) then churning out copious evidence that only gets sidelined is not going to bring about policy change - future policy change rests with informing the public rather than fellow researchers, academics and politicians. Cannabis is a case in point.

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Noam Chomsky: The drug war is the latest manifestation of a centuries-old ‘race war’

Noam Chomsky: The drug war is the latest manifestation of a centuries-old ‘race war’ | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Always worth listening to!

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, January 8, 2014 4:52 PM

And here in New Zealand  the connection is denied. The response from most people 'of colour' in Aotearoa has been to pretend 'its something else', just as the 'crime and punishment' crowd like Sensible Sentencing think there is increasing 'Bad' they and inparticular the institutional interests around 'badness' ie: justice, corrections, police, treatment, health etc. pretend that policy enforcment ramped up consequent to 1975 MoDA resulted in a fundemental shift in outcomes upon those in lower decile, lower income, and those who are visable to that enforcement. (ie: male, maori, unemployed... your 'for it!' ). The data for NZ tracks US drug enforcement, in part becuase we have a very efficient unitary police and a media that panders to culture mongering. (police and media are complicit in an incestuous affair). 

 

The 2003-4 visit of Efficacy advocate  Clifford Wallace Thornton Jr. highlighted the poxed health response (banned from attending public event, threatened with tresspass/police enforcment) and a clear 'fear of consequences' of those in authority, particularily in Maori health, of being seen to talk to 'the other side'.

 

Yet NZ could have lead the world.... instead we live in a delusion that somehow we are.... (Psychoactive Substances Act).

 

Where the rules are the same, the shit is the same.... 

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NZ tobacco smoker grows her own to beat tax hike

NZ tobacco smoker grows her own to beat tax hike | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

She and her partner each smoked about 50 grams of loose, roll your own tobacco per week, she said. Who wants to pay $60 a week for something you can grow yourself for less than $5?"

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Any why not allow people to grow their own cannabis?

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ARTICLE: Cannabis sativa extract with high content of cannabidiol combats colon cancer

ARTICLE: Cannabis sativa extract with high content of cannabidiol combats colon cancer | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

CONCLUSION: CBD BDS attenuates colon carcinogenesis and inhibits colorectal cancer cell proliferation via CB1 and CB2 receptor activation. The results may have some clinical relevance for the use of Cannabis-based medicines in cancer patients.

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Drugs Aren’t the Problem": Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction @democracynow

Drugs Aren’t the Problem": Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction @democracynow | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Carl Hart is always worth listening to...

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How to Make Drugs Better in 2014 | by @Narcomania for VICE UK

How to Make Drugs Better in 2014 | by @Narcomania for VICE UK | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Higher, longer, safer, stronger.

The best way to improve drugs in this country – after making sure they don’t kill you – is surely to make sure they don’t suck millions of British users into the criminal justice system.

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Worth reading -  sensible and informed analysis

 

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The Great Marijuana Experiment: A Tale of Two Drug Wars

The Great Marijuana Experiment: A Tale of Two Drug Wars | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near record highs
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It's great news that marijuana is now legal in some places - but sad the focus is on financial gains rather than human rights

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'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 In Colorado On First Day Of Legalization' Spoof believed by politician!

'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 In Colorado On First Day Of Legalization' Spoof believed by politician! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A satirical website managed to trick some people into thinking marijuana was a particularly lethal drug, with a rather excellent hoax story.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

That so many people thought this spoof report was accurate tells us a lot about the level of ignorance, misinformation and confusion about the risks posed by what have been called 'drugs'.

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Kelsey Von Berge's comment, March 2, 2014 12:15 AM
There are ups and downs of legalization of various drugs. Marijuana has been the topic of conversation throughout the US. With legalization, the state should be providing education and information about marijuana so that things like this don't happen. I don't think they should completely blame the overdose on the legalization. They could have gotten it legally or illegally.
Maureen Disque's comment, March 5, 2014 3:16 PM
I agree with Kelsey that the state should be providing information on marijuana now that it is legal. Although, you should know the consequences of drugs when you take them.
Julian Buchanan's comment, March 5, 2014 4:06 PM
Madisen Kelsey & Maureen - please read my comments and the article itself -Marijuana did not kill anybody, you can't die of an overdose, and it has never directly killed anyone.
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New York to legalise medical use of marijuana - The Independent

New York to legalise medical use of marijuana - The Independent | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Independent New York to legalise medical use of marijuana The Independent Days after the world's first legal recreational cannabis dispensaries were opened in Colorado, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is to announce the legalisation of...
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Caffeine pill 'could boost memory'

Caffeine pill 'could boost memory' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A US study has raised the possibility that we may one day rely on caffeine to boost memory as well as to wake up. The research, published in Nature Neuroscience, tested the memories of 160 people over 24 hours. It found those who took caffeine tablets, rather than dummy pills, fared better on the memory tests.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Funny how research on legal drugs can explore the positive benefits whereas research on illegal drugs is confined to examining negative consequences.


I wonder if this will result in a cry for banning the drug in examinations and a role of out exam drug testing ... in the same crazy way it we have responded to illegal drugs? I'm sure it wont. And wish it didn't for illegal drugs.

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Drug Treatment Courts: 20 Years of Uncounted Deaths

Drug Treatment Courts: 20 Years of Uncounted Deaths | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The continued stigmatization of those with drug and alcohol abuse have perpetuated a drug treatment court system that is hiding and destroying data that does not match the image of their marketing agents.
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▶ VIDEO: Jon Stewart Goes Off On Cable News Old Timey Americana Fear-Mongering over Marijuana -so funny!

1/7/14 - Jon Stewart devoted two segments on Tuesday night's Daily Show to Colorado legalizing marijuana, and to the cable news (mostly Fox) freakout over sa...
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Nick O'Malley: People power drives marijuana law reform (USA)

Nick O'Malley: People power drives marijuana law reform (USA) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Every now and then you get to see the scales tip. Reforms championed by a minority for years begin to take hold in the popular imagination and then, as though inevitable, change sweeps through the place.

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Florida's Drug Testing for Public Assistance Benefits Ruled Unconstitutional

Florida's Drug Testing for Public Assistance Benefits Ruled Unconstitutional | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
On New Year’s Eve, a federal judge dealt a blow to the war on America’s poor before ringing in 2014. Judge Mary S. Scriven of the U.S. District Court in Orlando deemed Florida’s law
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SANCWG Cannabis Position Paper of 2013

The South African National #Cannabis Position Paper of 2013 is now available for public distribution and comment. Extensive peer-reviewed research has been done within this 222 page position paper and can be used as a reference guide to stimulate the cannabis reform debate within South Africa and beyond.

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Looks pretty comprehensive!

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New Zealand Pregnant Women Given $300 To Quit Smoking

New Zealand Pregnant Women Given $300 To Quit Smoking | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Smoking pregnant women in New Zealand are offered $300 vouchers to quit the habit. The South Auckland government imposed the voucher scheme to protect unborn babies from tobacco damage.


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In USA & UK women who use illicit drugs are offered cash by Project Prevention to be sterilised #unethical #wrong see:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/addicts-birth-control_n_3672627.html ;…


The US based 'charity' Project Prevention is still going strong see: http://projectprevention.org/statistics/

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Why Legal Weed is Working in Colorado | TIME.com

Why Legal Weed is Working in Colorado | TIME.com | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Colorado has certainly made history. On Jan. 1, it became the only state in the world to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone over 21. At 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day, as most of the country slept off their hangovers, smokers were lined up in a light snow for the grand opening of Denver’s retail pot shops. Customers were happy to wait for hours and pay high prices for their chance to legally purchase taxed, tested and locally grown strains like Bubba Kush and Sour Diesel. Businesses say they banked $1 million on the first day

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A drug conviction could ruin your life - so the benefit of accessing a drug that is far safer than alcohol and tobacco without the threat of arrest is a no brainer

 

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New report on harm reduction in the EU and candidate countries | Harm Reduction International

New report on harm reduction in the EU and candidate countries | Harm Reduction International | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The report identifies three priority areas of action: the reduction of drug-induced deaths, the improvement of harm reduction in prison and the reduction of harm caused by drug-related infections.

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As cannabis is widely legalised, China cashes in on an unprecedented boom

As cannabis is widely legalised, China cashes in on an unprecedented boom | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Almost 5,000 years ago, Chinese physicians recommended a tea made from cannabis leaves to treat a wide variety of conditions including gout and malaria.
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A noticeable change in focus on cannabis from health risks and human rights to Big Business and State profit.

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Peru calls for debate on the legalization of marijuana

Peru calls for debate on the legalization of marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Peru should consider legalizing marijuana, the former head of the country’s National Drug Control Commission has said. Uruguay recently became Latin America’s first nation to legalize the marijuana industry, encouraging its neighbors to follow suit.
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Slow train is coming...

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Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan? - The Guardian

Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan? - The Guardian | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan?
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Kelsey Von Berge's comment, March 2, 2014 12:09 AM
I think that just like decreasing the drinking age, the legalization of marijuana might actually decrease crime and other such bad things. There could be more education about it rather than just don't do it.
Madisen Schimek's comment, March 3, 2014 8:49 AM
I agree with Kelsey. And if anything happens I think it won't happen for a while.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 3, 2014 9:15 AM
This story could have a point -- if marijuana does become legal across the U.S. it makes sense for big tobacco to produce it and sell it, considering they already have a similar product.