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How The Epidemic Of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America

By HAEYOUN PARK and MATTHEW BLOCH JAN. 19, 2016 Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin. Some of the largest concentrations of overdose deaths were in Appalachia and the Southwest, according to new county-level estimates released by the Centers for Disease […]

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Drug Laws: Why Do We Have Them, And Do They Work?

It’s a question often raised in today’s heated discussion about the efficacy of drug policy in America: Do regulations outlawing certain drugs actually work? Let’s go to the data. Here’s what the Nation’s largest, longest-running, and most comprehensive source on the state of drug use in America shows: As you can see, the use of legal […]

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Marijuana Use Doubles , Perception Of Harm Halves Since Drive To Legalize Medical Marijuana Began

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What Doctors Say About Medical Marijuana

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Florida’s Biggest Law Firms Tap New Gold Mine: State’s Proposed Medical-Weed Industry

For decades, attorney Richard Blau focused his legal savvy on the high-stakes business of booze. Alcohol-industry law was an attorney’s dream, full of unresolved questions and deep-pocketed players clawing their way to the top. So when Florida’s talk turned to marijuana, another storied pastime with its own dubious history, Blau’s titan of a law firm, […]

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Jump in Colorado School Drug Cases May be Linked to Marijuana Legalization: Experts

Colorado middle schools reported a 24 percent increase in drug-related incidents last year, according to USA Today. School-based experts tell the newspaper they believe the jump is directly related to marijuana legalization. Recreational sales of marijuana began on January 1, 2014. Schools do not report which kinds of drugs are involved in the incidents, the article […]

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Medical Organisations In The USA That Do Not Support Smoked Pot Or Edibles

Many of the Op-Eds on the subject of the legalisation or otherwise of cannabis are written by journalists or protagonists of one or other point of view. The following links give scientific evidence from scientist and medics in the USA and do not support the use of cannabis. Authoritative organisations which do not support smoked pot or edibles […]

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Legalizing Marijuana Addiction Is To Create New Industry

 This excellent interview  by Kevin Sabet was published in a Brazilian newspaper and has been translated. Legalize the use of marijuana creates another “addiction industry” and also does not help to end trafficking, said Kevin Sabet, 35, an American expert who joined the team of drug control of the government of Barack Obama. For him, the […]

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Zohydro Backlash

Source:   ZOHYDRO Backlash,  ACCBO newsletter, April-June 2014

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Smoking Marijuana Gateway To Alcohol Addiction, Abuse Of Other Drugs

A pair of new studies has revealed that marijuana use could lead to abuse of other drugs and alcohol. Experts said that these risks need to be considered not only by doctors and patients but by policy makers as well particularly in states where marijuana is legalized for recreational or medical use. For the first […]

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Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Report 2015

The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area released its third annual report this week. The organization has been tracking the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado since the state first legalized the drug for medical use in 2000, passed legislation to allow dispensaries beginning in 2009–which spawned a commercial marijuana industry–and legalized pot for recreational […]

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Richard Branson Take Note. Teenagers And Cannabis Are A Recipe For Disaster

By Kathy Gyngell Posted 12th September 2014 For years the great and the good of the drug legalising world – including members and former members of the Government’s own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs – have consistently denied that cannabis is a gateway drug or addictive. They have downplayed its devastating consequences for adolescents. They have […]

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Report: Marijuana Increases The Risk Of Deadly Crashes

WASHINGTON — A new report out from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that driving while on drugs, even marijuana, poses a significant safety risk on our roadways, on par with drunken driving. Researchers found that the percentage of drivers killed who tested positive for drugs is almost the same as those who tested positive for any […]

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Mom Of Haven Dubois Seeks More Information On Boy’s Death

Haven Dubois, 14, died in accidental drowning on May 20, 2015, coroner says Family members hold a picture of Haven Dubois, 14, who was found in cardiac arrest in a Regina creek on May 20, 2015. (CBC) Richelle Dubois, the mother of 14-year-old Haven Dubois, says she is determined to learn more about the circumstances […]

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Money Spent On Marijuana Legalisation Referendums

Proponents raised $7.6 million to opponents’ $169,000 to legalize marijuana for recreational use, a ratio of 45 to 1. Opponents in Alaska and Oregon could not afford to present other viewpoints in TV commercials. Meanwhile, after just ten months of legal marijuana, five Colorado cities passed amendments to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within […]

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Marijuana-Growing Spikes Denver Electric Demand, Challenges Clean-Power Plan

Xcel Energy utility officials say lighting companies working with cannabis growers are testing LED lamps that require less electricity GOLDEN — Surging electricity consumption by Colorado’s booming marijuana industry is sabotaging Denver’s push to use less energy — just as the White House perfects a Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution. Citywide electricity use […]

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Legalising Drugs Will Not Solve Problems Just Destroy Our Children Says Carole Malone

My blood boils when I hear loony liberal politicians (I’m thinking Nick Clegg) and middle class do-gooders telling us that ALL drugs should be legalised. That heroin, crack cocaine and LSD should all be freely available – even to teenagers. Their argument is that if the State was in charge of the drugs industry instead of […]

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Legal Highs: Regulation Won’t Work – The Only Answer Lies In Prevention

By Fabrizio Schifano Chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at University of Hertfordshire Fabrizio is a member of the UK advisory council on the misuse of drugs. He has also received EC funding in relation to researching the effects of novel psychoactive substances. These views are his own and in no way represent either the council […]

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Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

There has been a lot of talk recently about marijuana legalization — increasing tax revenue for states, getting nonviolent offenders out of the prison system, protecting personal liberty, possible health benefits for those with severe illnesses. These are good and important conversations to have, and smart people from across the ideological spectrum are sharing their […]

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Why Is It So Hard To Test For Marijuana Intoxication?

AS THE LEGAL AND MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA BECOMES MORE COMMONPLACE, OFFICIALS ARE STRUGGLING TO DETERMINE AND ENFORCE SAFE LEVELS OF IMPAIRMENT. Determining how intoxicated someone is can be quite a difficult task. For alcohol consumption, a substance that the body excretes in a quick, linear fashion, we can measure the amount of metabolic by-products […]

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Marijuana at school: Loss of concentration, risk of psychosis

One in five Canadians between 15 and 24 years of age reports daily or almost daily use of cannabis prior to legalization. They see it as “much safer than alcohol and tobacco” and “not as dangerous as drunk driving.” Author 1. Paul W Bennett Research Associate in Education, Saint Mary’s University Disclosure statement Paul W […]

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National Families Of Action States Marijuana Policy

National Families in Action (NFIA) was founded in Atlanta in 1977, to protect children from drugs.   It led a national effort to help parents  prevent the marketing of drugs and drug use to children and helped them form parent groups to protect children’s health. Today NFIA publishes the weekly Marijuana Report, an update on major […]

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Drugged Driving A Growing Problem, Report Shows

            The percentage of drivers testing positive for marijuana or other illegal drugs is increasing, according to a new report. In 2013 and 2014, 15.1 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs, up from 12.4 percent in 2007. The findings come from the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group found 38 […]

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FDA Issues Warning Letters To CBD Hemp Oil Makers

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to “high CBD” hemp oil vendors, stating that their products are unapproved drugs that often don’t contain any active ingredient. A list of firms that were issued warning letters for marketing “unapproved drugs for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases” was posted on the FDA’s website […]

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Colorado Has Highest Marijuana Use Among Teens, Adults

      PHOENIX (December 18) — New state data from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that Colorado now leads the nation in marijuana use across all age levels and, most disturbingly, in the 12-17 and 18-25 age categories. Marijuana legalization advocates have persistently claimed that marijuana use will not rise with […]

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Kathy Gyngell: Crime Rates Soar Where We Fail To Enforce Laws Against Drugs

Drug law enforcement is not just unnecessarily punitive but discriminately so. We’d all be better without it.  No that’s not what I think.  It’s the received wisdom of drug legalisation campaigners that George Soros has been putting his billions behind.  Law enforcement is more harmful by far than the effects of the noxious drugs its purpose is […]

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Credit Where It Is Due. The Daily Mail Not Mrs May Nailed Drug-Loving Norman Baker

Theresa May has walked into the sunshine again after a few awful days. Such is the magic of politics. Just a few days ago, much of her shine as a tough and competent Home Secretary had worn off.  Her child abuse inquiry appeared doomed before it had begun. With the prospect of an expensive and […]

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Colorado Yields To Marijuana Industry Pressure On Pesticides

A lack of guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency frustrated Colorado’s efforts to decide how to handle pesticides and pot. State regulators have known since 2012 that marijuana was grown with potentially dangerous pesticides, but pressure from the industry and lack of guidance from federal authorities delayed their efforts to enact regulations, and they […]

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‘A Program In Maine Promotes Using Marijuana And Kratom To Cure Opiate Addition.’

Comments below from David Evans Esq., a lawyer and special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation, re the suggestion that marijuana could assist in treating opiate addiction. WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL AND BEHAVIORAL ADVERSE EFFECTS OF USING “MEDICAL” MARIJUANA WHILE IN OPIATE TREATMENT? Memory defect (short and long term) – how are they to […]

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"When representing a cause (almost) lost, sound your trumpet, mount your steed and go for the very last charge, failing which you will die of sad old age in the depths of the forgotten fortress, no longer besieged because life has abandoned it for greener pastures."

Jean Raspail
From the website of jeanraspail.net

"Universal prevention initiatives are important elements of a comprehensive prevention strategy that should include selective and indicated prevention initiatives as well. In order to prevent the development of dependence you need all three - and you cannot do without universal prevention. Norms, attitudes, availability are important risk factors for developing drug use problems as well as neighbourhood disorganization and weak family bonds."

Christina Gynna, Deputy National Drugs Policy Co-ordinator, Sweden,
at the ICAA conference in Budapest, 24 October 2005

 
 

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