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When All the World's a War -- And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers 15.8.2017 Truthout.com
When we declare war on phenomena like crime, drugs, or terror, instantly militarizing such problems, we severely limit our means for understanding and dealing with them. (Photo: Pixabay ) Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a "war on terror." Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first  MOAB , the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal, has been dropped; and real cities have been  reduced to rubble . In revenge for the deaths of  2,977 civilians  that day, real people --  in the millions  -- have died and millions more have  become refugees . But is the war on terror actually a war at all -- or is it only a metaphor? In a real war, nations or organized non-state actors square off against each other. A metaphorical war is like a real war -- after all, that's what a metaphor is, a way of saying that one thing is like something else -- but the enemy isn't a country ...
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Washington's Marijuana Legalization: The Kids Are Alright 1.8.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Legalization did not turn teenagers into marijuana addicts
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Will Ontario let landlords and condominiums ban smoking recreational marijuana? 28.7.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health The federal government's proposed Cannabis Act, if passed, will legalize and regulate the production, sale and possession of recreational marijuana across Canada by July 2018. However, each of the provinces have decisions to make about how cannabis will be used, sold and regulated in their province. Until July 31, 2017, Ontarians can share feedback through a survey asking how the government should approach legalizing marijuana in Ontario. The survey asks for input in five areas: (1) the minimum age someone can use, keep and buy cannabis, (2) where cannabis can be used, (3) road safety, (4) regulating sales of cannabis, and (5) planning public education. One important question is where cannabis can be used: where will individuals be allowed to smoke marijuana and who gets to decide that? As marijuana is legalized by the federal government, it will be up to the Province to regulate how it can be used in some spheres. For instance, the Province could restrict the ability of landlords and ...
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The Radicals Were Always Right: Now Is the Time to Decriminalize All Drugs 25.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Treating drug users as whole people with human rights rather than as criminals used to be considered a radical act but that is changing. Mass incarceration and a far-reaching opioid crisis are forcing even former anti-drug crusaders to consider tackling addition as a health issue rather than a criminal one. Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids recently startled me with a blog post titled, "Why You Shouldn't Use the Word Addict." Drug addiction is a disease, the  blog  explains. ...
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4 Reasons Why The US Needs To Decriminalize Drugs – And Why We're Closer Than You Think 11.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Drug possession arrests fuel mass incarceration and mass criminalization.
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Sheriff In Heart Of Ohio's Opioid Epidemic Refuses To Carry Overdose Reversal Drug 8.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 150 people died of heroin- or fentanyl-related overdoses in Butler County last year.
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Drug Arrest: One Nigerian in hospital, other in judicial remand 30.6.2017 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Stop The Opioid Epidemic Before It Stops Us 26.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Deaths from opioid overdoses are skyrocketing across the country. Unless we take immediate action, the nation is about to witness a tsunami of drug-related deaths unlike anything we have seen since crack cocaine ravaged the country a generation ago. A recent investigation by the New York Times estimates 59,000 people died in 2016 from drug overdoses, making it the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. Figures from three Oregon counties indicate that for each person who dies of an overdose, 26 experience non-fatal overdoses, and 100 are dependent on or addicted to opioids. The median age when people start injecting drugs is 21, which explains the surge in adolescent overdoses this year in states like Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine and Ohio. State law enforcement chiefs are banding together to investigate the role drug makers may be playing in the wave of addiction, overdoses and deaths. As the head of Covenant House , the largest charity in the nation serving homeless, trafficked and ...
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Psychedelic Mushrooms And LSD Are Among The Safest Recreational Drugs, Survey Finds 25.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Governments around the world consider mushrooms and LSD to be among the most dangerous illicit substances , but a new survey of drug users suggests that these psychedelics are actually some of the safest. Around 20,000 people reported having used either mushrooms, which contain the psychoactive compound psilocybin, or LSD in the past year, according to the  2017 Global Drug Survey . Of those, just over 100 people reported seeking emergency medical treatment related to those drugs. Most of these cases were linked to LSD ― a total of 1 percent of recent LSD users and just 0.2 percent of recent mushroom users sought treatment. By that metric, the survey concludes that mushrooms are the safest recreational drug. LSD ranked a close third behind marijuana, as 0.6 percent of people who’d used cannabis over the past year reported receiving emergency medical care. All three drugs were less dangerous than alcohol, which was by far the most widely used intoxicant in the survey and led to 1.3 percent of all recent ...
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The Left/Right Challenge To The Failed 'War On Drugs' 25.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking. First, we should define our terms. The “war on drugs” that was started by Richard Nixon in 1971 and persists to this day, refers to illegal “street drugs” – cocaine, heroin, marijuana and variations thereof. It is not used to mean a war on legal pharmaceuticals, whose excessive and often inappropriate prescribing takes over 100,000 lives a year in our country. Ironically, prescription opioids alone took 35,000 lives last year – about equal to traffic fatalities. The argument to criminalize “street drugs,” and severely punish their sellers and users, is largely based on the assumption that a “tough on crime” approach will reduce addiction and abuse of these dangerous substances. Criminalizing drug use consistently fails to address the health problems of addiction, and drives the drug trade underground where crime, ...
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Can Psychedelic Drugs Treat Mental Illness? Scientists Need Your Help To Find Out. 10.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
To the federal government, psychedelic drugs like LSD, MDMA (also known as Ecstasy or Molly in its street forms), and psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in mushrooms) are dangerous Schedule I substances with a high potential for abuse and no medical value. But leading psychedelic researchers paint a much different picture ― one of fascinating compounds with the power to rewire the human brain and possibly revolutionize treatment for a number of debilitating mental health issues. We’ve yet to find a conclusive answer that can prove either side right or wrong, though initial indications suggest it’s fair to be skeptical of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s view. Early clinical studies have produced promising results, convincing many that psychedelics are at least worthy of further research. But thanks to a grueling approval process and the widespread stigma attached to these drugs, the path to officially recognizing their potential medical benefits has been difficult. A crowdfunding ...
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Gene alteration may speed up loss of memory in Alzheimer’s patients 4.5.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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Chris Christie Accuses Democrats Of Trying To 'Poison Our Kids' By Legalizing Marijuana 2.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a vocal critic of marijuana legalization, accused Democrats of attempting to “ poison our kids ” in pursuit of tax dollars from recreational cannabis sales. Speaking at a conference on substance abuse hosted by the New Jersey Hospital Association on Monday, the Republican governor criticized an effort by state lawmakers to regulate and tax recreational cannabis similarly to alcohol, as states like Colorado and Washington have done. Despite growing support across the nation for legalization, Christie remains firmly opposed to the idea, claiming pot is a gateway drug to substances like heroin. ( Research does not support that claim .) In his remarks, Christie  cited a recent report  that found marijuana legalization could raise $300 million annually in taxes for New Jersey.  “This is the part that liberals love the most: We can tax it,” he said, according to Politico . “Sweet Jesus, we can tax it! More money for us!” “I can say this now because I’m not running for anything ...
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A Veteran Returned Home With PTSD And Pain, So He Became A Medical Marijuana Patient 26.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Leo Bridgewater is a 42-year-old father of two, a veteran who served three tours of duty in the Army and a former Defense Department contractor who worked as a specialist in microwave and satellite communications in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s also a medical marijuana patient who uses the plant to manage the trauma he sustained as a result of his service. “I have an uncle who was special forces in Vietnam ― he was into the medicinal value of cannabis, and he is also someone who I counsel with on a regular basis. It was through his guidance that I started looking at cannabis as a way of treating my knee pains and then also, my overall health, my overall emotional health,” Bridgewater told HuffPost. “That’s the one thing that we don’t really pay too much attention to, because it’s the thing that you can’t see.” Thousands of veterans and active-duty military personnel face personal battles with pain or psychological trauma. To treat those symptoms, doctors often turn to an ever-expanding list of prescription ...
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It's Time to Legalize Marijuana and Abolish the Drug Czar 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
An installer puts in a drip irrigation line at Harborside Farms, a large marijuana grower, in Salinas, California, March 24, 2017. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times) Supporters of legal marijuana are not happy with President Trump or his apparent pick for White House drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino. The war on drugs will not end until the institutions behind it are dismantled and positions like "drug czar" become relics. Let's eliminate the offices that make the drug war possible -- sooner rather than later. An installer puts in a drip irrigation line at Harborside Farms, a large marijuana grower, in Salinas, California, March 24, 2017. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times) Want to see more original stories like this? Make a tax-deductible donation to support the independent investigative reporting and analysis at Truthout! With its lengthy name and familiar acronym, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is one of the oldest pro-legalization lobbies on Capitol Hill, and the group ...
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The Exhaustive List Of Everyone Who's Died Of A Marijuana Overdose 20.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Thursday is April 20, better known to many as 4/20 , or “ Weed Day .” People around the world are celebrating the unofficial marijuana holiday by gathering for rallies, smoke-outs, policy discussions and thousands of other weed-centric events. It’s a day of blissful hypocrisy for millions of cannabis users in the U.S., who by and large are still expected to be somewhat covert about their fondness for the plant. The federal government maintains that marijuana is a dangerous illegal drug, with no accepted medicinal value and a high potential for abuse. Despite repeated calls for the reclassification of cannabis, it remains on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of Schedule I substances  ― which also includes heroin, mescaline, LSD and a broad category of synthetic stimulants often referred to as “bath salts.” The government’s message is clear: Marijuana and the psychoactive compound within it ― tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC ― poses a severe hazard to your health. To get a better sense of just how ...
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America's First Addiction Crisis Had Some Striking Parallels To Today 19.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Doctors prescribing painkillers willy-nilly. Outrage over foreigners importing “poison” into America. Expensive treatment facilities marketed to addicts from well-off families. These are things America has seen before, when the country went through its first opioid crisis. “There’s definitely a parallel between our historical moment and the 1860s,” said Susan Zieger, author of Inventing the Addict , a history of addiction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the late 1860s, doctors were battling to get the public to respect them as scientifically oriented professionals, distinct from traditional healers. With the invention of hypodermic morphine, they gained a powerful weapon in this battle. But the drug created a generation of patients who struggled with dependence, leading to attitudes about drug use, treatment, and “worthy” and “unworthy” addicts that remain with us today. Opium pods had long been a staple of folk medicine , brewed in teas or used in tinctures to treat a huge variety of ...
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Public banking goes to pot 19.4.2017 High Country News Most Recent
California activists turn to the cannabis industry to help launch the nation’s first public bank in nearly a century.
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Illegal Pot Farms Are Poisoning California’s Forests 7.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the meantime, wildlife and the environment — and likely pot smokers themselves — will pay a price we’re only beginning to understand.
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California’s backcountry drug war 30.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
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