- Marijuana has been legal for medicinal purposes in California since 1996
- New Year’s Day marked the first time it was able to be bought and sold for recreational use
- Confusion over licensing laws has left dispensaries around the state in limbo
via California marijuana dispensaries open to recreational buyers for first time – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, which rarely allows research on Marijuana since it considers the substance as a Schedule I drug, in July released a statement saying the component is still considered illegal.
via Marijuana’s Key Ingredient Not Dangerous or Addictive: WHO
We know now that these drugs carry an extremely high risk of dependence and fatal overdose. Despite this, more than 20 million opioid prescriptions are filled each year in Canada. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. And prescription opioids are involved in nearly half of these deaths. It is also becoming apparent that opioids might be less effective than initially thought in treating certain types of chronic non-cancer pain (e.g. neuropathic pain).
Source: Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? | Informed Comment
(ANTIMEDIA) Colorado —Three years after legalizing cannabis, Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. “While the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, the lowest since 2001, Colorado’s jobless rate is the nation’s lowest at 2.3 percent,” CNBC reported Monday. According to Governor John Hickenlooper, multiple factors have contributed to Colorado’s …
Source: After Legalizing Weed, Unemployment in Colorado Lower Than Rest of Country
In a stinging dissent, Bernette Johnson calls her colleagues’ decision to uphold the verdict “outrageous” and “ridiculous.”
Source: Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Blasts 18-Year Marijuana Prison Sentence – Truthdig
By James Moylan The 3.6 million dollar study testing the sewage in our capital cities for illegal drugs is simply more disinformation and bullshit. Let’s revisit the results from this study and consider them rationally. The study indicates that in Australia the use of alcohol is equivalent to 1.2 drinks PER PERSON per day. Yet…
Source: Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word – » The Australian Independent Media Network
A new report into drug-related deaths proposes the decriminalisation of drug use in Australia and a regulated white market to put drug dealers out of business.
Source: Former top cops want ‘white market’ in illicit drugs, decriminalisation, more injecting rooms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Philippine president says he wants to slaughter millions of drug addicts, comparing it with Hitler’s massacre of Jews.
Source: Duterte cites Hitler, wants to kill millions of addicts – News from Al Jazeera
Treatment is available, if you can afford it.
Source: The Rich Go To Rehab, The Poor Go To Jail
This is the first in a four part New Matilda series by Michael Brull, reviewing Chasing the Scream, a book by journalist Johann Hari that examines the ‘War on Drugs’. In this article, Brull looks at Hari’s argument that one way to kill more people through drugs is to make them illegal. What should drugMore
Source: Chasing The Scream, Review Part I: The War On Drugs Makes Drugs More Dangerous – New Matilda
At the beginning of the 20th century, there were only a handful of hallucinogenic psychoactive substances known to humankind. By the end of the millennium there were hundreds. Most were discovered or rediscovered by the eccentric chemist Alexander Shulgin. Before he died at age 88, he had personally experienced the effects of these drugs thousands of times.
Source: Echolalia (part 1) | The Monthly
This is the second part of two-part article about the causes of our war on drugs. Read the first part here.
Source: Drugs are bad (part 2) | The Monthly