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SAM Applauds Bi-Partisan Legislation for Legitimate Medical Marijuana Research

MEDS Act promotes FDA-compliant medical research of marijuana  (Alexandria, VA)– Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) applauds U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Coons (D-DE) for introducing the Marijuana Effective Drug Studies (MEDS) Act of 2016. Once passed, it would make it easier for researchers to perform legitimate research […]

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Needle Exchange: The Public Health Benefits and Social Effects

THE PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFITS AND SOCIAL EFFECTS OF NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS ARE AT BEST UNCERTAIN, AND AT WORST ARE DEVASTATING TO BOTH ADDICTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES A. NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS ARE NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO REDUCE THE EPIDEMIC OF HIV OR HCV INFECTION AMONG INJECTION DRUG USERS B. NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS DO NOT REDUCE SUBSTANCE […]

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The Truth of Deaths Caused by Marijuana Overdose

“No One Has Died of an Overdose” This remains the most outrageous claim of the pro-legalization movement. It is not only dangerously misleading, it is a slap in the face to the families who have lost children, spouses and parents. Everyone admits that people are dying in traffic crashes because of stoned drivers, and that […]

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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 […]

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The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact Vol. 5/October 2017

Executive Summary Purpose Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) is tracking the impact of marijuana legalization in the state of Colorado. This report will utilize, whenever possible, a comparison of three different eras in Colorado’s legalization history: · 2006 – 2008: Medical marijuana pre-commercialization era · 2009 – Present: Medical marijuana commercialization and […]

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Legalising marijuana can increase use: French study

Legalising marijuana can lead to increased use of the drug, according to a French study that looked at consumption levels in two US states and Uruguay in the midst of a debate over France’s narcotics laws. The study conducted by France’s National Institute of Higher Security and Justice Studies and the French Observatory for Drugs […]

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How a brain gets hooked on opioids

Pain and pleasure rank among nature’s strongest motivators, but when mixed, the two can become irresistible. This is how opioids brew a potent and deadly addiction in the brain. Societies have coveted the euphoria and pain relief provided by opioids since Ancient Sumerians referred to opium poppies as the “joy plant” circa 3400 B.C. But […]

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Global Prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Children and Youth

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Key Points Question What is the prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder among children and youth in the general population? Findings In this meta-analysis of 24 unique studies and 1416 unique children and youth with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, approximately 8 of 1000 in the general population had foetal alcohol […]

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US Adult Illicit Cannabis Use, Cannabis Use Disorder, and Medical Marijuana Laws: 1991-1992 to 2012-2013.

Abstract IMPORTANCE: Over the last 25 years, illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders have increased among US adults, and 28 states have passed medical marijuana laws (MML). Little is known about MML and adult illicit cannabis use or cannabis use disorders considered over time. OBJECTIVE: To present national data on state MML and degree […]

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Proof That Cannabis Does Cause Violence

For a long time, those in medicine and the law have been concerned about a link between cannabis and violence. This has been largely dismissed by the pro-drugs lobby as an association, not proof of a cause. The difference is important to scientific enquiry, as revealed by a telling example given recently by Professor Robert […]

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Big Bad Liberal Marijuana Muddle

The Liberal government, thanks to Justin Trudeau’s mindless statements during the federal election of 2015, became committed to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The purpose of this initiative was to encourage millennials to vote for the Liberal Party. Like many of its other policies, the Liberal government was clueless about the unintended consequences of […]

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Long-lasting effects of traumatic childhood experiences may be due to impaired neural connections

Researchers from the McGill Group for Suicide Studies, based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry, have just published research in the American Journal of Psychiatry that suggests that the long-lasting effects of traumatic childhood experiences, like severe abuse, may be due to an impaired structure and functioning of […]

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A Horrifying Statistic That Conveys The Sheer Scale Of The US Opioid Crisis

US life expectancy fell because of the opioid crisis. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) September 28, 2017 The opioid crisis in the United States is killing nearly one hundred people per day. Some areas are particularly hard hit, leaving officials to deal with constantly multiplying bodies of those claimed by overdose. In Ohio, morgues keep running out of […]

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Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United States

Objective: The authors sought to determine whether cannabis use is associated with a change in the risk of incident nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder at 3-year follow-up. Method: The authors used logistic regression models to assess prospective associations between cannabis use at wave 1 (2001–2002) and nonmedical prescription opioid use and prescription […]

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Tracking the Money That’s Legalizing Marijuana and Why It Matters

NEW REPORT BY NATIONAL FAMILIES IN ACTION RIPS THE VEIL OFF THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY Research Traces the Money Trail and Reveals the Motivation Behind Marijuana as Medicine Tracking the Money That’s Legalizing Marijuana and Why It Matters documents state-by-state financial data, exposing the groups and the amount of money used either to fund or […]

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Smoking super-strength cannabis or ‘spice’ may trigger deadly seizures, claims new research

· Trials on mice found THC – which causes the ‘high’ in weed, can induce seizures · The same was shown for JWH-018 – the main part of the synthetic cannabis spice · Japanese researchers have described their findings are being ‘quite important’ · Skunk, made mostly of THC, dominates the illegal British market of […]

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Maine’s marijuana social clubs likely to be no-smoking venues

Draft rules are unlikely to contain an exemption to state law barring smoking in public places, so pot would have to be consumed through edibles or tincture. Maine may be the first state in the country to license marijuana social clubs, but the pot could not be smoked in the clubs and would have to […]

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Dental Disease Is a Comorbidity of Substance Use Disorder Author: Mark Gold, MD

A recent review published in the scientific journal Addiction has shed much needed light on an important but rarely discussed condition associated with Substance Use Disorders. Advanced dental disease, including tooth decay and periodontal conditions, are common comorbid conditions among persons with Substance Use Disorders. To determine the prevalence, investigators conducted an exhaustive systematic search […]

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Stopping The Drug Epidemic

Drug trafficking is now the most murderous criminal activity in American history. Overdose deaths from illegal drugs passed 50,000 in 2015 — many times the number of Americans killed by all Islamic terrorists over almost 20 years. Yet stopping the skyrocketing body count will require overcoming a pervasive misunderstanding of how drug abuse and addiction […]

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Prince William branded ‘naive’ for asking a group of former addicts whether drugs should be legalised

Prince William was last night branded ‘naive’ for raising the contentious issue of whether drugs should be legalised with a group of former addicts. His invitation to discuss the highly controversial topic will give ‘grist to the mill’ of the ‘powerful’ pro-legalisation lobby, an expert warned. The future king, who in recent weeks has embarked […]

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Alcohol, Tobacco And Drug Consumption Rise Over Last Five Years

Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal psychoactive substances, mainly cannabis, have increased in the last five years in Portugal, according to a study by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD). “We have seen a rise in the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco consumption and of every illicit psychoactive substance (essentially affected by […]

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Thalidomide: The Horrible Example of Why Marijuana Can Not Be Medicine without FDA Approval

[As illustrated in the Obituary of pioneering FDA scientist, Frances Oldham Kelsey in The Washington Post 8/8/15.] THIS POST OBITUARY WAS A GODSEND, COMING JUST AS MANY POLITICAL LEADERS ARE BEGINNING A HEADLONG RUSH TO USURP FDA’S AUTHORITY TO APPROVE MARIJUANA-BASED MEDICINES IN FAVOR Of MONEY-CORRUPTED POLITICAL APPROVAL. THE ENDANGERED CITIZENRY, THEIR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS,POLITICAL LEADERS […]

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Scotland’s War On Drugs Is A ‘Record Of Failure’

Neil McKeganey fears police are not as interested in cracking down on heroin any more SCOTLAND’S efforts to tackle its status as Europe’s worst drugs blackspot has been branded a “record of failure not success” by one of the country’s a leading drugs experts. The Scottish Government’s flagship “Road to Recovery” strategy has not had […]

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Top 10 Anti-Marijuana Legalization Policy Victories Of 2015

2015 will be remembered as the year legalization hit bumps most supporters never anticipated. For pro-health advocates that oppose marijuana legalization, it was a year of fantastic victories! Here are the top 10: 10. Big Marijuana is Real — and People are Writing About It. When we started talking about Big Marijuana in 2013, many […]

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A Response To An Invitation On Drug Policy Reform Conference

Priorities for Reform of UK Drug Policy : Policy-UK Forum Dear Mr Marsh. Thank you for the invitation. I shall not be attending. You have included in the Speakers Niamh Eastwood & Mike Trace, both people who push drugs legalisation. I have debated publicly with both. Their positions are well known. I do not take […]

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The Opioid Crisis Should Make Libertarians Rethink the Drug Legalization Argument

Legalizing opioids may give Americans greater freedom over their decision-making, but at what cost? One painful aspect of the public debates over the opioid-addiction crisis is how much they mirror the arguments that arise from personal addiction crises. If you’ve ever had a loved one struggle with drugs — in my case, my late brother, […]

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Editorial: A dopey idea

Legalisation of cannabis is likely to lack priority for this new government. There is one benefit to MMP, it is that the whackier campaign ideas tend to perish in the coalition negotiation process. That hasn’t entirely been the case this time, the worst example being the Green Party’s promise to initiate a referendum on the […]

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Prescription Drugs ‘Orphan’ Children In Eastern Kentucky

Prescription Drugs ‘Orphan’ Children In Eastern Kentucky Orphaned by prescription drug overdoses .   Story highlights Many children and teens in eastern Kentucky have lost a parent to drug overdose “Without a normal mom and dad, you feel different,” one teen says Kentucky is the fourth most medicated state in the nation and sixth for overdoses A […]

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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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