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Europe Field-Tests the Drug Policy Spectrum

Alternet - Fri, 07/20/2012 - 21:00
Two trends are emerging in European countries' drug policies; the expensive and failing approach of criminalization and one based on scientific evidence and harm reduction.
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7 States Moving Toward Drug Sentencing Reform

Alternet - Fri, 07/20/2012 - 18:00
These states are not undertaking a radical rethinking of the rote resort to incarceration, but they are nibbling at the edges, particularly when it comes to drug offenders.
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Marketing the Munchies: How Fast Food Companies Target Stoners

Alternet - Fri, 07/20/2012 - 00:00
From 420 calorie burritos to Taco Bell's "Fourth Meal," fast-food companies are pushing products to stoners like never before.
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How Weed Can Protect Us From Cancer and Alzheimer's

Alternet - Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:00
Hardly the harmful intoxicant that many once thought it was, cannabis is a nourishing plant that actually improves and prolongs life.
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Lawsuit Challenges Oregon's Signature-Invalidating Crusade to Keep Legal Pot Off the Ballot

Alternet - Tue, 07/17/2012 - 00:00
The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative (OMPI) has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Kate Brown over her office's invalidation of tens of thousands of signatures.
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How Big Pharma and Dr. Drew Made a Fortune Deceiving America

Alternet - Mon, 07/16/2012 - 20:00
Aggressive marketing and paid promotion by doctors like Drew Pinsky obscure medication risks and can lead to human tragedy.
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Feds' Threat to Shut Down World's Largest Dispensary Reveals Motives Behind Pot War

Alternet - Sat, 07/14/2012 - 15:00
The drug war is Obama's war.
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The Rebel Doctor: 'Addicts Are Some of the Happiest People I Know'

Alternet - Fri, 07/13/2012 - 18:00
Meet Gabor Maté, a doctor who works with North America’s only supervised injection site and believes that addicts are some of the happiest people he knows.
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"Abuse-Deterrent" OxyContin Leads to Heroin Use -- So How Do We Curb the Pill Epidemic?

Alternet - Thu, 07/12/2012 - 22:00
The New England Journal of Medicine recently released research showing that the recent introduction of the reformulated version of OxyContin is linked to increases in heroin use.
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Botched DEA Raid Exposes How Militarization Terrorizes Communities Around the World

Alternet - Thu, 07/12/2012 - 18:00
A deadly May raid brought the impact of the drug war on local communities in Honduras into the global spotlight.
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The Top 3 Summer Weed Reads

Alternet - Thu, 07/12/2012 - 17:00
Here are some good reads about one of our favorite subjects.
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Obama Signs Knee-Jerk Ban on Synthetic Drugs Like "Bath Salts" and "Fake Weed"

Alternet - Tue, 07/10/2012 - 22:00
Because basement and garage chemists can tweak the formulas to create similar, legal drugs, we may be entering an endless loop of prohibition.
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There's Been a Tectonic Shift on Marijuana Across the US, Except in Washington -- Why Can't We Pop the Beltway Bubble?

Alternet - Tue, 07/10/2012 - 19:00
More Americans and local politicians than ever before are demanding an end to marijuana prohibition -- but for change to happen, we need federal officials to start listening.
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Apologies to Mexico: The Drug Trade and GNP (Gross National Pain)

Alternet - Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:00
The Mexican drug cartels crave money, but they make that money from the way Yankees across the border crave numbness. They sell unfeeling. We buy it.
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Another Marijuana Myth Bites the Dust--The Real Gateway Drug is Alcohol

Alternet - Tue, 07/10/2012 - 00:00
A study finds that the “gateway drug†effect is in fact accurate, but shifts the blame away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug: alcohol.
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In Its Mad and Hopeless War on Cocaine, the US Has Destroyed the Lives of Millions of Innocent Farmers in Colombia

Alternet - Tue, 07/10/2012 - 00:00
What the U.S. government is doing in Colombia has not slowed drug trafficking, but rather, created millions more victims through fumigation and displacement.
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“Savagesâ€: Oliver Stone, Back on Drugs at Last

Alternet - Mon, 07/09/2012 - 06:00
With "Savages," a hallucinatory and violent pot saga, the director returns to the days of "Natural Born Killers"
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6 Ways the Criminalization of Marijuana Defies All Reason and Logic

Alternet - Fri, 07/06/2012 - 19:00
Comparing marijuana use with child rape? Growing laws that turns patients into felons? These anti-pot absurdities completely defy logic.
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50% of Americans Want Marijuana Legal, 70% Want Medicinal Pot -- Are International Treaties Standing in the Way of Legalization?

Alternet - Fri, 07/06/2012 - 01:00
Missing from US-conducted analyses is a discussion about the international legal system – as embodied in the three international drug control treaties.
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5 Questions for Eliot Spitzer on the Biggest Healthcare Fraud Settlement in History

Alternet - Thu, 07/05/2012 - 13:00
Big Pharma gets a Big Fine. Will it be enough to prevent future criminal behavior?
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