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Does marijuana use really cause psychotic disorders? | Carl L Hart and Charles Ksir | Opinion | The Guardian
Alex Berenson says the drug causes ‘sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults’. As scientists, we find his claims misinformed and reckless
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Legalising cannabis could be ‘win-win-win’ for UK, says thinktank | Society | The Guardian
Institute of Economic Affairs says criminalisation has failed and reform could create £1bn Margaret Thatcher’s favourite free-market thinktank has called on the government to legalise cannabis, arguing that the move could generate more than £1bn in extra tax revenues every year, as well as savings in health and other public services.

Britain’s black market in cannabis is worth £2.6bn annually, with 255 tonnes sold to more than 3 million people last year, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
UK  war  on  drugs  cannabis  marijuana 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK | Society | The Guardian
“The status quo is not tenable. It’s getting worse. Drugs are getting cheaper, stronger, more readily available and more dangerous. I have come reluctantly over the years to the conclusion that we need to regulate the market. If you can regulate the market you can make sure it’s old-fashioned cannabis – not skunk or spice.”
Marijuana  Cannabis  UK  War  on  Drugs  regulation  self-regulation 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern sets out priorities: climate, inequality and women | World news | The Guardian
The Green Party who have signed a confidence and supply deal with Labour revealed that Labour has agreed to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use by 2020, and treating drug abuse as a health issue by increasing funding to drug and alcohol treatment centres.
war  on  drugs  public  health  cannabis  marijuana  mental 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Cannabis Fuer Alle
Who's funding the US cannabis industry? - Webb Garrison wants to start his own cannabis business. He doesn't have any industry experience and he's only just building up his knowledge of the complicated regulations that govern the sector. - //&! Mindestalter 18 (same for alcohol) oder 21 (alcohol age restiction USA and Colorado for cannabis)? //&! War on Drugs "diese massnahme ist nicht geignet. [...] rechtswissenschaftlich belegt" +++ weniger polizei kosten! und elend in Latain Amerika reduziert. //&! Black Market/Street - you don't know what you get! - - able to regulate, and put recommendet dosage on packaging (Ecstasy, LSD), thus people don't oversode especially w alcohol! and no adverse reactions. and socially more acceptable then.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Narconomics: How to run a drug cartel by The Economist
last question answer: legalisation of grass is the biggest threat cartels face ...
book  War  on  Drugs  Marijuana  Medical  Marijuana  cannabis  decriminalisation  decriminalization  Legalisation  Legal  Highs 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Simple Weed Question Destroys Drug Czar's Chief Deputy - YouTube
Michael Botticelli, the drug czar's chief deputy // US Rep. at Pot Hearing: 'People Don't Smoke Marijuana and Beat Up Their Wives' - - 'nobody dies from marijuana. [...] meth and heroin are the drugs that ravage our country. [...] your focus on marijuana is a failure of war on drugs, its a crime to incarcerate people possessing marijuana. [...] the drug war is a serious failure.' //&! US Rep. To Deputy Director of Drug Policy: You're 'Part of the Problem' - //&! Congressman Destroys War on Marijuana in Four Minutes - //&! Bill Clinton: Let States Legalize Marijuana - //&! Obama On Legalizing Marijuana - //&! Colorado Is Literally Too Rich Because Of Weed - - +50m tax rev in first year
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Tory MP Crispin Blunt: 'I out myself as poppers user' | Politics | The Guardian
“I use poppers. I out myself as a poppers user. And would be directly affected by this legislation. And I was astonished to find that it’s proposed they be banned and, frankly, so were very many gay men.” Poppers are especially popular among gay men, and used to prepare for sex and enhance sexual pleasure. The proposed laws would criminalise the sale of the drug, but not those who buy it.
Legal  Highs  War  on  Drugs  decriminalisation  decriminalization  Marijuana  cannabis  Legalisation 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Kenny MacAskill calls for drug policy rethink - BBC News
A former Scottish justice secretary has suggested that he would be in favour of decriminalising some illegal drugs. [...] Many of Scotland's leading drug policy experts also agree that a radical rethink of the country's approach to the problem is required. And a UK government report last year found there is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use,
decriminalisation  decriminalization  Legalisation  War  on  Drugs  Medical  Marijuana  Progressive 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Weed is not more dangerous than alcohol - YouTube
Drugs are bad, but the drug war is worse. It's possible that legalizing marijuana could be a huge public-health win. // ~88.000 if alcohol related deaths in USA
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Mexico grants first marijuana permits for growing and possession | World news | The Guardian
The court ruled that growing and consuming marijuana is covered under the right of ‘free development of personality’, but won’t allow sales of the drug
Mexico  War  on  Terror  drug  cartel  Marijuana  cannabis  Legalisation  decriminalisation  decriminalization 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Panorama, Hooked on Painkillers
[ Risk of physical dependency. Can processed foods be a crutch for emotional hang-ups, stress release, as a reward after a stressful day, week and develop 'emotional' dependency (quick fix, no stigma, no barriers to access, no stigma, label, prejudice -- vs -- mindfulness, meditation, therapy)? Same with the obvious bad habit (habit forming) to reward yourself with binge drinking on Friday and Saturday after your work and or the S.A.D takeout: prevalent amongst the precariat ("my reward after a hard working week"). Obvious coping mechanism. Soft drugs and accepted, without stigma, amongst society. ] Doctors in the UK are prescribing record doses of highly addictive painkillers. Around four million people are now taking opioids - drugs that are closely related to heroin. //book - Painkiller Addict: From wreckage to redemption - my true story (2012) by Cathryn Kemp & Opiate Addiction - The Painkiller Addiction Epidemic, Heroin Addiction and the Way Out (2013) & Amazon "substance abuse"
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Marijuana legalization initiative fails in Ohio - Business Insider
Issue 3 would create a marijuana "monopoly" (actually, an oligopoly) consisting of 10 producers who would have their exclusive rights to engage in the commercial production of marijuana enshrined in the state constitution. The campaign in support of Issue 3 — so-called Responsible Ohio — is predictably supported by those who would hold these exclusive rights. This is crony capitalism at its worst. // same w GMO, Monsanto asked whitehouse (bush) to introduce stringent legislation and regulation about GMO research bc monanto knew it was ahead and didn't want any newcomers in, thus made through legislation, regulation and compliance cost, the barriers to entry artificially high, through its effective strong lobbying to introduce legislation & regulation to its liking.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
A Car Vlog: I Am "That" Mom - YouTube
@4:40 - RE: Food as Reward = Business as Usual (BAS). Any food that triggers some feel good chemicals can be abused: junk food, fast food, processed food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs. Some are legal others carry a stigma and others are illegal ... depending where you live. (Liberal) Progressive policy making would be to legalise all but put a progressive and aggressive tax on those. An addiction & harm tax along the nudge theory. And with that tax revenue to pay for public health care and public education campaigns to raise awareness and change perception, image and opinion. Not pulling the nanny state. But if you use tobacco, you pay twice; now with your discretionary spending choice and then with your health, and we let you know on the packaging. And we can also subsidise cycle to work schemes, cycle lanes, cycle shelters.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Dr. Carl Hart - Debunking Drug Myths | London Real - YouTube
addictive: sugar+fat mix, alcohol, tobacco, ... [...] criminalising doesn't work (deviant behaviour = Religious), have to allow it supervised (clean drugs, not stretched nor other toxic ingredients) & educate & regulate. based on the scientific evidence it is the best choice for governments pockets (less cost for police and law enforcement, as well new consumer tax source and business tax source, and local gov/councils; paying for license to sell and grow/make, oversight and regular check-ups like food safety and hygiene laws). [...] drugs are an excellent way to vilify and marginalise certain kinds of people. see relative new legal high; media manufactured consent. they are dangerous bc nobody knows what they are & what is in then & there are no clinical trials ie for establishing safety limits! as gov also established safety recommendations for alcohol [...] gov does what voters want them to do (ie both Clinton's against gay marriage) // full episode -
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Cannabis Decriminalized Around The world But Not In Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE
A new consensus is emerging that bans on cannabis are counterproductive. Across the world, countries are legalizing its use for pleasure and medical treatment -- but Germany still lags behind.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Study: Teen Cannabis Users Have Poor Long-Term Memory in Adulthood | Hacker News
The difference between a medicine and a poison is dosage. "Binging Alcohol Abuse Leads To Loss Of Working Memory In Teens": // &! "An excellent book on the topic of drug abuse is Gabor Mate's, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. He makes a convincing argument that the majority of drug users are struggling with severe early trauma. Given this study and Mate's book, it may just be that traumatized people are looking for ways to forget." &!
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Görlitzer Park in Berlin: Behörden suchen Konzept gegen Drogendealer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Was haben die Behörden nicht alles versucht, um den Görlitzer Park in Berlin-Kreuzberg zu befrieden. Der Erfolg blieb aus: Es kommt weiter zu Gewalttaten, Dealer prägen das Bild. Nun kam es zu einer neuen Eskalation.
Berlin  War  on  Drugs  cannabis  Marijuana  Germany 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Kiffen: Cannabis-Verbot laut Rechtsexperte verfassungswidrig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[PSA, eat it in form of Vegan low salt/sugar cookies, don't smoke] - Naht eine Wende in der deutschen Drogenpolitik? Mehr als hundert Juristen, Suchtexperten und Mediziner fordern einhellig die Liberalisierung des Kiffens - Strafrechtsexperten halten das Cannabis-Verbot sogar für verfassungswidrig. [...] Der Sprecher des Kreises äußerte sogar Zweifel an der Vereinbarkeit vom deutschen Cannabis-Verbot mit dem Grundgesetz: "Das Betäubungsmittelgesetz ist verfassungswidrig", sagte der Rechtsprofessor Lorenz Böllinger. Den Konsum der Droge zu bestrafen, verstoße gegen das Prinzip der Verhältnismäßigkeit. Kiffen, ein "opferloses Delikt" Böllinger zufolge erschwert das Verbot die Prävention, zudem sei Cannabis-Konsum ein opferloses Delikt, so Böllinger. "Der Konsument schädigt nur sich selbst - wenn überhaupt." Das Bundesverfassungsgericht hatte die Verfassungsmäßigkeit des Betäubungsmittelstrafrechts jedoch schon 1994 grundsätzlich bestätigt.
cannabis  Marijuana  Medical  Marijuana  Prostitution  legalisation  legalization  Germany  Verfassung  Bundesverfassungsgericht  Angela  Merkel  same-sex  marriage  Homo-Ehe  CDU  CSU  erzkonservativ  nanny  state  Public  Policy  SPD  health  health  Justice  System 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
New York Times fordert Legalisierung von Marihuana Cannabis - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Zweifellos ein Meilenstein", amüsiert sich die progressive Newssite "Huffington Post". Springt die "Times" doch wieder mal auf einen Zug auf, der den Bahnhof längst verlassen hat: 23 der 50 US-Bundesstaaten haben Cannabis inzwischen für medizinische Zwecke freigegeben. Zwei erlauben Anbau, Verkauf und Konsum sogar für "gelegentliche Freizeitnutzung" - darunter Rosenthals Studienheimat Colorado. Trotzdem: Der Ritterschlag der "Times" adelt die Debatte zur seriösen Diskussion. Bis dahin war es ein weiter Weg für das Traditionsblatt.
Medical  Marijuana  Marijuana  cannabis  USA  War  on  Drugs  Religion  neoconservatives  neoconservatism  conservative 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Here's the Lawless Hellscape Colorado Has Become Six Months After Legalizing Weed - Mic
By removing marijuana penalties, the state saved somewhere between $12 million and $40 million in 2012, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. [...] The DEA is now asking the Food and Drug Administration to remove marijuana from its list of the most dangerous and harmful drugs. This could signal a radical shift in the way our government regulates and enforces weed. Marijuana advocates hail the decision as a necessary policy step towards eventual legalization, removing a critical roadblock that has constrained marijuana legalization on the local and federal levels. It is, of course, the first step of many. [...] D.C. is considered a staging ground for many local policies that get enacted throughout the country, and a victory for pot could open the floodgates elsewhere. + The Potrepreneur Roundtable with SpeedWeed and ArcView Group - || And don't forget the end of "War on Drugs."
Marijuana  weed  Potrepreneur  Colorado  Medical  Marijuana  War  on  Drugs  mexico  drug  cartel  drug  cartel 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Smell the Truth » Smoking Marijuana Causes ‘Complete Remission’ of Crohn’s Disease, No Side Effects, New Study Shows
Smoking pot caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease compared to placebo in half the patients who lit up for eight weeks, according to clinical trial data to be published the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
War  on  Drugs  medical  marijuana  autoimmune  response  medical  profession  autoimmune  disease  medical  care  Crohn’s  Vegan 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
Science Says: Lungs Love Weed
A new study, published in this month's Journal of the American Medical Association, tested the lung function of over 5,000 young adults between 18 and 30. After 20 years of testing, researchers found some buzzworthy results: regular marijuana smokers (defined by up to a joint a day for seven years) had no discernable impairment in lung activity from non-smokers.

In fact, researchers were surprised to find marijuana smokers performed slightly better than both smokers and non-smokers on the lung performance test. Why? The most likely explanation seems to be that the act of inhaling marijuana—holding each puff in for as long as possible—is a lot like a pulmonary function test, giving marijuana smokers an edge over their cigarette smoking counterparts.
march 2012 by asterisk2a

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