Drugs

America Can’t Win the Drug War in Afghanistan

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Twenty-four of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces now are directly involved in illicit drug production. Ted Galen Carpenter  As if the United States needed more evidence that its sixteen-year mission in Afghanistan is an exercise in futility, a new United Nations report provides an additional reason for depression. The National Interest The 2017 Afghanistan Opium Survey from the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime, released on November 15, confirms that Washington’s effort to curb illicit narcotics trafficking in the country has failed. Almost every ... Read More »

Peru legalises medical marijuana in move spurred by mother’s home lab

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Proposal to decriminalise the drug came after police raided a makeshift laboratory where a group of women made cannabis oil for their sick children Dan Collyns The Guardian Lawmakers in Peru have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill to legalise medical marijuana, allowing cannabis oil to be locally produced, imported and sold. With a vote of 68-5, Peru’s Congress approved the bill which will be written into law in 60 days, once regulations for producing and selling cannabis have ... Read More »

We should beware of ceding tobacco to the criminals

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No one who has watched a loved relative die of a smoking-induced disease will have much sympathy for the tobacco industry To see someone with emphysema fighting for every breath, or to watch the painful decline of someone with lung cancer – these are harsh lessons that change lives. Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald Smoking doesn’t just kill; it kills with pain, horror and indignity. Many people will thus understand and sympathise immediately with Andrew Forrest’s new anti-smoking campaign, intended ... Read More »

Philippines: Commission on Human Rights budget cut to almost nothing amid Duterte’s drug crackdown

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Philippines politicians allied with President Rodrigo Duterte have slashed the annual budget for the Commission on Human Rights from $17 million to just $25 Barney Porter ABC The public body has clashed repeatedly with Mr Duterte over his violent campaign against illegal drugs, and human rights advocates say the move is aimed at supressing any dissent. About four-fifths of lower house members supported the move to cut the commission’s budget to almost nil. The house speaker and a close ally ... Read More »

‘Drug pushers in suits’: Why the ACT’s bid to ‘legalise heroin’ failed

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It was the bold idea that began in the ACT Legislative Assembly, rattled the prime minister of the day, and raised the hackles of one of the… Katie Burgess The Canberra Times And almost 20 years since Prime Minister John Howard scuttled a scientific trial into the effectiveness of providing prescription heroin to addicts, former ACT independent MLA Michael Moore believes its time to start the… Mr Moore was the chair of an ACT parliamentary committee on HIV, illegal drugs ... Read More »

Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol and it’s failing for marijuana

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Decriminalising marijuana would be a small step and free up resources that could be put to better use elsewhere. So where’s the push for legalisation? Jeff Sparrow The Guardian Why haven’t we legalised marijuana already? It’s a question brought to mind after reading Fairfax crime writer John Sylvester’s recent report on Melbourne as, in the words of assistant commissioner (crime) Steve Fontana, “the engine room of the… Sylvester takes the reader behind the scenes of the old-style anti-pot… Prohibition didn’t ... Read More »

Mexico’s Worsening War without a Name

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The “war on drugs” has morphed into a new rash of killings in Mexico. Froylán Enciso ICG The deadly violence of increasingly well-organised, business-minded criminal groups risks being aggravated by government inaction, corruption and bombastic U.S. rhetoric – exactly what caused the problem in the first place. Murder rates in Mexico have hit a… Mexico’s Worsening War… Read More »

AMA calls for ‘mature conversation’ over decriminalising drugs to reduce harms

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The President of the WA branch of the Australian Medical Association says he will continue to push the debate over decriminalisation of drugs for personal use, despite authorities taking a… By David Weber and Eliza Laschon  ABC Dr Andrew Miller said alternative solutions on how the state treated drug users needed to be… He called for a “mature conversation”. “The current situation’s not working, there’s a lot of harm from drugs and there’s a… AMA calls for… Read More »

Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’

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At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career? Xan Brooks The Guardian In the late 1950s, at the height of his fame, Cary Grant set off on a trip in search of his true self, unpicking the myth he had spent three decades perfecting. He tried hypnosis and yoga and felt that they both came up short. ... Read More »

Minister: Watch over EEZ

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IT is imperative to stay alert and keep a close watch over our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), says Minister for Fisheries Semi… Alisi Vucago Fiji Times He said monitoring our territorial waters was imperative to not only monitor illegal fishing, but also other activities including the trafficking of drugs and… “We need to plan for the future and secure our expansion in… Minister: Watch over… Read More »

Stressed out Scots teachers ‘turning to drink and drugs’

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Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships break down, according to a… SARAH BRADLEY The Scotsman The NASUWT survey indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff in the UK (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on… Union leaders have also… Stressed out Scots… Read More »

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

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How racial bias and segregation molded a gentler response to the opioid… German Lopez Vox When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses his compassionate approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic, he frequently brings up a close friend from law… He describes this friend as perfect — incredibly smart, with a… When a drug… Read More »

Das Knowhow Kapital

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JOHANNESBURG – It has been a quarter-century since apartheid ended, and 23 since the African National Congress took power in South… Ricardo Hausmann Project Syndicate But, as President Jacob Zuma reported in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country’s whites remain in… “White households earn at least five times more than black… Das Knowhow… Read More »

On bullying, country’s best-kept secret out

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The explosive revelation of bullying at Alliance High School, long considered the nation’s citadel of academic achievement and chivalry, has lifted the lid on one of the country’s best-kept secrets — that most public schools are simply no longer what they used to be. Kariuki Waihenya Daily Nation Vices such as cheating in examinations, setting buildings on fire, sodomy, drug abuse and bullying have become too prevalent. In the 1970s… On bullying, country’s… Read More »

Federal Ban Is Barring Access To Medical Marijuana For Veterans

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Medical marijuana laws are expanding in states across the U.S., but veterans are still struggling to access programs due to the continued… Steve Birr The Daily Caller A growing chorus of veteran groups are petitioning the government to ease restrictions on federal marijuana… The continued classification of marijuana as a… Federal Ban Is… Read More »

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

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Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Mexico is in a state of crisis. John Daniel Davidson The Federalist If Trump wants a secure border, he should help stabilize, not isolate, Mexico. On Tuesday, the… It’s Time To… Read More »