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Meth Researcher Thrilled With New Prime Minister

Waiheke Island lawyer and meth researcher Chloe Barker is thrilled to see Jacinda Ardern, who acted on her findings, become Prime Minister. For her Master’s thesis, Barker carried out heart-breaking research on the impacts on children of growing up in methamphetamine laboratories in New Zealand. She found that through contact with contaminated environments, children sometimes had levels […]


Meth Kids

Research on children living in homes used as methamphetamine labs confirms police concerns over the risks. Ellen Brook reports. The worrying trend of young children living in meth labs and being exposed to toxic chemicals has been highlighted in a research project with support from the Police National Clan Lab Response team in Auckland. Auckland […]


Drug Court – Giving Families A Chance To Break The Cycle Of Opioid Use

The Washington County drug court graduation ceremony for Maria Kestner. Photograph: Fred R Conrad Photographer Fred R Conrad visited a Virginia drug court last year and saw how individuals and families had been given a second chance – so when he went back this summer he had a question: did they take it? “Opioid and methamphetamine abuse […]


The Opioid Epidemic Is Crushing America’s Middle Class. We Need Action, Not Words

From afar, America’s opioid epidemic may seem like just another sensationalised scare story in a country constantly at war with drugs. But this is not a fad, nor an overblown segment on morning television. It is real, it is decimating entire counties, and it represents the summation of the country’s failures towards its own citizens […]


California’s Marijuana Farmers Fear Crops Could Go Up In Smoke

Trevor Hughes CALISTOGA, Calif. — Marijuana farmers and dispensary owners across Northern California are nervously watching as wildfires burn through some of the state’s prime cannabis growing areas and destroy valuable crops, which could drive up prices for consumers across the country. “This is right smack in the middle of people’s harvests,” said Eli Melrod, the CEO of […]


Illegal Pot Grows Spread Deadly Pesticides, Other Hazards, Despite Change In Law

By Peter Fimrite The legalization of cannabis in California has done almost nothing to halt illegal marijuana growing by Mexican drug cartels, which are laying bare large swaths of national forest in California, poisoning wildlife, and siphoning precious water out of creeks and rivers, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said Tuesday. The situation is so dire […]


Washington’s Pot Industry Isn’t As Green As You’d Think

Washington’s pot is a bit more potent than the national average. And the state’s teens are more likely to smoke marijuana than young people nationwide. Although we have the same problems with marijuana as we do with liquor abuse, no blockbuster conclusions came from a recent report on Washington’s marijuana universe. But a couple of […]


Treatment For Cannabis Use Disorders: A Case Report

Christina Brezing, MD, Frances Levin, MD It is vital that physicians—particularly psychiatrists who are on the frontlines with patients who struggle with cannabis use—are able to identify and characterize cannabis use disorders; provide education; and offer effective, evidence-based treatments. This article provides a brief overview of each of these topics by walking through clinical decision-making […]


UK Accounts For Largest Share Of Darknet Fentanyl Sales In Europe

Oxford academics say sales of synthetic opioid drug are proliferating on illicit websites, with Britain a significant player Drug paraphernalia seized by North Yorkshire police in a recent case. Photograph: North Yorkshire police/PA The UK is the largest host of fentanyl sales on the darknet in Europe, with 1,000 trades being made in the last […]


Cannabinoids In Pain Management And Palliative Medicine

Häuser W1, Fitzcharles MA, Radbruch L, Petzke F. Abstract BACKGROUND: There are conflicting interpretations of the evidence regarding the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of cannabinoids in pain management and palliative medicine. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review (SR) of systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials (RCT) and prospective long-term observational studies of the use of cannabinoids in pain […]


How Cannabis Oil Helped Me Get Off Painkillers

In a backpacking hostel during a stag weekend 10 years ago, I fell asleep on a top bunk next to an open window. Of course, that now strikes me as a stupid thing to have done, but at the time I didn’t give it a thought. I was on a weekend away, not a health-and-safety […]


Persistency Of Cannabis Use Predicts Violence Following Acute Psychiatric Discharge

Abstract BACKGROUND: Violence is a major concern and is prevalent across several mental disorders. The use of substances has been associated with an exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms as well as with violence. Compared to other substances such as alcohol and cocaine, existing literature on the cannabis-violence relationship has been more limited, with most studies being […]


EDITORIAL: Surprise, Legal Pot Correlates With Rising Traffic Deaths

Marijuana advocates can no longer claim legalization is devoid of catastrophic results. The Denver Post, which has embraced legalization, analyzed federal and state data and found results so alarming they published a story last week under the headline “Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?” Of course legalization […]


No Clear Evidence Of Ancestry Differences Between Sativa- And Indica-Labelled Cannabis

Cannabis labelled ‘Sativa’ and ‘Indica’ may not come from distinct ancestries, according to a study performed by the Canadian Dalhousie University in cooperation with Bedrocan on the genetic differences between the two types and their hybrids. In this study 149 Dutch cannabis samples were analysed, correlating the genotype and chemotype to their reported ancestries. Indica- […]


Toxic Chemicals Killing California Wildlife At Illegal Marijuana Grows

LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST (KPIX 5) — It’s a massive crime scene, deep in Lassen National Forest.  Through dense ground cover and brutal terrain, federal agents are making their way to what might well qualify as an industrial-scale farm operation. There are living quarters, kitchens, bathrooms and trash dumps, all for the purpose of growing a lot of […]


Cancer-Causing Compounds Found in Cannabis Oil

As the legalization of marijuana continues to spread among various states within the U.S., researchers, and physicians are trying to fully grasp the potential health hazards of the recreational use of the drug. Since marijuana can be consumed through a variety of methods—e.g., eating, smoking, or vaporizing—it is important to understand if and how drug delivery […]


Marijuana: An Environmental Buzzkill

Illegal pot growers have turned public lands into industrial agricultural sites. And the ecosystem effects are alarming. Research ecologist Mourad Gabriel is one of the few scientists studying illegal grow sites in California’s overrun national forests. On a hot August morning, Mourad Gabriel steps out of his pickup onto the gravel road that winds up […]


The Obama/Soros Legacy

Donald Trump’s choice of his VP running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, worries the marijuana lobby. They question Pence’s belief that marijuana is a gateway drug and its abuse is a crime, deserving penalty. While the marijuana lobby claims “Marijuana is a happy, healthy, wonderful plant and everybody should have the right to grow it, just […]


New Report Out On Impact Of Legal Pot On Colorado

This week, the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area released its fifth annual report titled The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, Volume 5. We devote today’s issue of The Marijuana Report newsletter to highlighting a few of many significant findings the report contains. National Families in Action has remade some of the graphs and […]


Changes In Cannabis Potency And First-Time Admissions To Drug Treatment: A 16-Year Study In The Netherlands

Tom P. Freeman, Peggy van der Pol, Wil Kuijpers, Jeroen Wisselink,Ravi K. Das, Sander Rigter, Margriet van Laar, Paul Griffiths, Wendy Swift,Raymond Niesink and Michael T. Lynskey ABSTRACT: Background The number of people entering specialist drug treatment for cannabis problems has increased considerably in recent years. The reasons for this are unclear, but rising cannabis potency […]


Marijuana Use Is Associated With An Increased Risk Of Prescription Opioid Misuse And Use Disorders

Science Spotlight New research suggests that marijuana users may be more likely than nonusers to misuse prescription opioids and develop prescription opioid use disorder. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Columbia University. The investigators analyzed data from the National Epidemiologic […]



For those who are still concerned about ‘evidence based science’ and ‘best medical and pharmaceutical practice’…the following ‘open letter’ with attachments was sent to all Federal Senators, NSW and Victorian Premiers last week.  Dear Senator,   In the coming weeks/months, you will no doubt be presented with a Bill to consider changing both law and […]


Drug Free America Foundation Launches New Marijuana And The Workplace Tool Kit

Drug Free America Foundation launched its new Marijuana and the Workplace Tool Kit this morning at a forum co-sponsored with Drug Free Manatee and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce at Pier 22 in Bradenton FL.  The forum featured a presentation by Amy Ronshausen, Deputy Director of Drug Free America Foundation who unveiled the Tool Kit […]


The Opioid Crisis Is Taking A Toll On The American Labor Force

Since the mid-1990s, the percentage of prime-age American men who don’t have a job — and aren’t looking for one — has risen dramatically. Over the same time period, per-capita sales of opioid painkillers in the United States has more than quadrupled. A new study suggests that there may be a relationship between these two facts. In a […]


Baby dies after being left alone while mum smokes cannabis

A three-month-old baby boy died after being left alone overnight while his mother smoked cannabis, a serious case review has found. Social services dealt repeatedly with the child’s family before his death but closed the case after the woman said she had stopped using drugs. A police investigation into potential neglect is currently ongoing. The […]


Traffic Accidents Rising in States With Legalized Recreational Marijuana

OCTOBER 25, 2018 BY PARTNERSHIP NEWS SERVICE STAFF A new study finds traffic accidents are increasing in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, Bloomberg reports. Crashes have risen by as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, compared with neighboring states that haven’t legalized marijuana for recreational use, according to research from […]


Why do we so consistently underplay the links between cannabis and psychosis? This isn’t a benevolent drug

Anybody wondering what happens to the 8 per cent of the skunk-smoking population who develop mental illness should visit any psychiatric hospital in Britain or speak to somebody who has done so What is really needed in dealing with cannabis is a “tobacco moment”, as with cigarettes 50 years ago, when a majority of people […]


Legalising Pot Will Cause More Mayhem on our Roadways

According to a Colorado Springs Gazette editorial about legalization in Colorado there has been a doubling of drivers involved in fatal crashes testing positive for marijuana. [1] Marijuana significantly impairs driving including time and distance estimation and reaction times and motor coordination. [2] The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists marijuana as the most prevalent […]


Latest drug fad can cause dangerous explosions, police say

Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray described the process as similar to making a pipe bomb. But some marijuana users — and dealers — are willing to take that risk despite potentially dangerous results. For the past several years, law enforcement in several states have been combating the increasing popularity of something called “dabs.” Dabs, or […]


How Legal Cannabis Actually Made Things Worse For Sick People In Oregon

The medical marijuana market is in a downward spiral as businesses, lured by big money, shift to recreational At the height of the medical marijuana industry there were 420 dispensaries in Oregon. Now there are only eight. In 2015, Erich Berkovitz opened his medical marijuana processing company, PharmEx, with the intention of getting sick people […]

"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
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"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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