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Penn Jillette, on Obama Locking Up People for Doing the Same Drugs He Did: "It's not a goddamn joke!"

Penn Jillette, on Obama Locking Up People for Doing the Same Drugs He Did: "It's not a goddamn joke!" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Our favorite magician has uncorked one hell of a righteous rant about our pot-smoking president and his life-destroying Drug War hypocrisy

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Why cupcakes are the new cocaine - Telegraph

Why cupcakes are the new cocaine - Telegraph | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sugar is one of many new addictive substances that are stealthily taking over our lives – and this white powder is a slow killer.
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Report: Shocking Trends in U.S. Corrections re Incarceration of people of color and drug users

Report: Shocking Trends in U.S. Corrections re Incarceration of people of color and drug users | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

On October 27, 1970, the Nixon administration implemented the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 - the rest is history

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Reefer Madness: Trayvon Martin autopsy reveals traces of marijuana

Reefer Madness: Trayvon Martin autopsy reveals traces of marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Trayvon Martin's autopsy shows he had marijuana in his system [AND YOUR POINT IS?] the night he was killed by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, and a gunshot to his chest came from close range,

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Politics in the Diagnosis of Addiction

Politics in the Diagnosis of Addiction | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
There is an inescapable conceptual struggle when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes toward, substance use. The see-sawing battles and divergences in opinion over the meaning of addiction, however, describe an ideological tussle among warring worldviews, not something we ordinarily think of in association with medical advances. But this conceptual struggle is inescapable when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes towards, substance use.
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UK Airport - Do stock up with Duty Free Alcohol & Tobacco - a small amount of cannabis leads to outrage

UK Airport - Do stock up with Duty Free Alcohol & Tobacco - a small amount of cannabis leads to outrage | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

'An open door to drug smugglers: Air travellers carrying cannabis let off with slap on wrist'

 

Inspectors found that at Gatwick, where small amounts of cannabis were discovered, passengers were not even detained by officials.

 

[Seem a little inconsistent given the big sell on Duty Free Other Drugs?]

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Polish president is the latest victim of the Post-Retirement Drug Policy Enlightenment Syndrome -

Polish president is the latest victim of the Post-Retirement Drug Policy Enlightenment Syndrome - | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A strange new epidemic has broken out - scientists call it the "Post-Retirement Drug Policy Enlightenment Syndrome" (PRDPES).

 

It is most prevalent among former law enforcement officials and former political decision makers. The most vulnerable are those who have previously made a significant contribution to the global war on drugs. Symptoms of the disease are remorse, turning against conventional beliefs, radical improvement of cognitive functions and a strong incentive to promote drug policy reform.

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Resource Library: The International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy

Resource Library: The International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

IDHDP’s purpose is to increase the participation of medical doctors in drug policy reform, gap between evidence based practice and drug policy... this links to their Resources and Publication Library

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REPORT: ACMD 37pp. Consideration of naloxone | Home Office

REPORT: ACMD 37pp. Consideration of naloxone | Home Office | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has undertaken a review of naloxone and evidence shows it reduces drug related deaths and therefore should be more widely available in the UK.

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Drug Czar Denies that Marijuana Users Are Arrested and Forced into Treatment | StoptheDrugWar.org

Drug Czar Denies that Marijuana Users Are Arrested and Forced into Treatment | StoptheDrugWar.org | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The drug czar says that addiction is a medical condition, but it's certainly the only medical condition with which you get diagnosed not by a doctor but by a judge in criminal court based solely on the fact that a cop found marijuana in your pocket one single time.

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On the Origins of Ayahuasca | Singing to the Plants

On the Origins of Ayahuasca | Singing to the Plants | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The ayahuasca drink is made from the stem of the ayahuasca vine. Sometimes, but rarely, the drink is made from the vine alone; almost invariably other plants are added.
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BMJ: Drug policy debate is needed

BMJ: Drug policy debate is needed | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
discussions on drug policy are too often dominated by criminal justice arguments and polarised opinions on how to solve the so called war on drugs. Indeed, it is hard to maintain a neutral position on this topic, and any argument in favour of reviewing current policy in the light of existing evidence is in danger of being portrayed in the media as championing the legalising of all drugs, inciting headlines of the “top doc drug shock” variety.
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CJA_WomenPrisonReportFINAL.pdf

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Tough of Drug Use Might Win Votes - but prison is causing more problems

Tough of Drug Use Might Win Votes - but prison is causing more problems | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Antonio Maria Costa, the former head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime argues that countries that rely primarily on law enforcement to deal with drug addicts and their associated crimes, rather than treating users as sufferers, perpetuate an expensive cycle of addiction, crime, incarceration and recidivism.

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ARTCILE: The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco

ARTCILE: The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Drug policies may have less impact on cannabis use than is currently thought.

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VIDEO 13min: Legal Fix - Documentary on Portugal Drug Policy

In 2001 Portugal decriminalised possession of all drugs

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BMJ Blog: UK Drug driving [Moral Panic = poorly considered knee jerk response?]

BMJ Blog: UK Drug driving [Moral Panic = poorly considered knee jerk response?] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Enforcing the law on drug driving has not been a problem historically of either political will, or policing priorities.
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PRESENTATION 63 slides: Russell Newcombe Exploring Legal Highs

PRESENTATION 63 slides: Russell Newcombe Exploring Legal Highs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Presentation from the Hot Topics Legal Highs seminar May 2012... to see the presentation click on the 'Presentation' button top right

http://hithottopics.com/index.php/seminars/previousseminars/legalmay2012

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VIDEO 17min: Youth around the world speak about drug policy

Each part has been filmed in different country, using different cameras and different file format.

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VIDEO 6mins: Culture & Risk of Alcohol in Student Life - Dr John Foster

An Interview with Dr John Foster (Principal Research Fellow of the University of Greenwich - School of Health and Social Care) discussing the culture of alcohol, preloading and drinking games

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6min VIDEO: Drug War Creates Collateral Damage

The real stories of the war on drugs - 88yr old Bob Wallace, and his 85yr-old girlfriend, Marjorie Ottenberg invented and sold Polar Pure - until the DEA got involved and made it a controlled drug! The real drug war stories

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Gart Valenc's comment, May 8, 2012 10:13 AM
I do believe it is time people stop using “collateral damage”, and worse still, “unintended consequences” every time they want to refer to or call the attention to the catastrophic consequences of prohibition and the so-called War on Drugs. And if they want to indulge in spreading such concepts, the least they can do is to qualify their using them.

Anybody can see how ideologically charged the language used by the Prohibitionist camp is. It is intended not only to frighten and cynically manipulate people’s basic emotions, but also to misinform, confuse and more importantly, disguise the true consequences of Prohibition and the War on Drugs policies.

Take “unintended consequences”, for instance. Reflecting on the way it is used in the Prohibition debate, it seems to me that (the law of) unintended consequences has become now the provenance of military sanitisers, obfuscating management consultants, PR apologists and Prohibition ideologues. If you ask me, it stands alongside ‘collateral damages’ in their cynical attempt to explain away the horror and destruction of war as the result of circumstances beyond the warmongers’ control — something tantamount to absolving them of any responsibility for the outcome.

It should not come as a surprise, then, that every time the issue is raised the usual counter argument is that even though the consequences may be foreseeable, even inevitable, they are nevertheless unintended. Some will argue, still, that the fact that they are unintended does not mean they are good, right or excusable. They are just unintended, period.

But that misses the point, entirely, for what’s at stakes here is the use of the concept of (the law of) unintended consequences as a propaganda tool. And the only way to appreciate it is by going beyond its literal meaning. Moreover, one should keep in mind that for those at the receiving end of the war on drugs policies, such distinctions are much more than pedantic details.

By way of example, say you plan drop a bomb in a school with the intent to kill the teacher, but you realise that if you do that, the likelihood of killing the students in the school, too, is extremely high. Thus, if despite that you decide to go ahead and bomb the school you cannot then say, ‘Woops! I didn’t intend to kill the students.’ The fact that you knew in advance that that was going to be the most likely outcome makes the whole argument that it was unintended totally irrelevant. More to the point, it obscures the fact that the act (dropping the bomb) is nothing but a criminal act, intended or not.

I do believe that by alluding to (the law of) unintended consequences one is diminishing the responsibility prohibitionists and war-on-drugs-mongers have for the violence, corruption, destruction of democratic institutions, and what have you. Prohibitionists will argue, of course, that none of those outcomes forms the basis of their policies, that if anything, their policies are informed by good intentions, that all is done for the greater good. And they mean it … literally.

Gart Valenc
Twitter: @gartvalenc
http://www.stopthewarondrugs.org
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UC San Diego Student Left in Holding Cell for Five Days; Drank His Own Urine to Survive, Then Attempted Suicide | Drug Policy Alliance

UC San Diego Student Left in Holding Cell for Five Days; Drank His Own Urine to Survive, Then Attempted Suicide | Drug Policy Alliance | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Statement by Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance on the case

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human-rights-and-drugs.pdf

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What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain | Psychology Today Alot

What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain | Psychology Today Alot | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression—all have been linked in recent research to the over-consumption of sugar. And these linkages point to a problem that is only beginning to be better understood: what our chronic intake of added sugar is doing to our brains.

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Presentation_21st_C14_Stevens.pdf

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