Biography/Memoir

Kratom advocates take their fight to Washington as potential federal ban looms

“Our goal is to educate in an effort to be proactive rather than reactive,” a spokesperson for Kratom Community Grassroots, a nonprofit advocacy organization, told HuffPost. “Many legislators are leaving office with new Representatives and staff taking their place. Educating will be an ongoing endeavor to increase awareness and maintain our access to kratom.” The…

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Biography/Memoir

Learn More : The UNGASS 2016 policy paper to decriminalize drugs and how Russia impacted the outcome

*Putin : previously a KGB agent What was the United Nations UNGASS 2016 (United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem) about, and how did Russia emerge as the “new global leader” on the “war on some drugs” thereafter?   After-all, central to Russia’s interventions was an insistence that the words “harm reduction” not be included…

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Burning ‘tyrant’: Thousands denounce Duterte’s human right violations in Philippines

Thousands of protesters burnt an effigy of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the gates of the Presidential Palace in Manila on Sunday, to denounce his ‘tyrannical rule’. Marchers called on the Philippine Government to stop extra judicial killings and other human rights violations in the country’s ongoing war on drugs. The demonstration was timed to…

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Jared Polis asks FDA to lift public-health warning on Kratom

“We have heard from many constituents who have used kratom to successfully end their dependence on dangerous opioids, and maintaining legal access to kratom is important for many Americans to maintain sobriety.” “The beneficial potential, safety, and efficacy of kratom has been discussed, studied, clinically researched and found to be as safe as coffee,” states…

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Sound off : on Kratom

Kratom is no more addicting than everyone’s morning cup of coffee to get their day started (for the overwhelming majority). “I’m a kratom user and have been since 2012. I have a regimen of 5 grams of kratom followed by a cup of coffee every morning … If the perception is it’s addicting, then we should ban coffee or…

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Duterte war on drugs ‘hugely successful’

A top government official shrugged off allegations of rampant human right violations including the alarming rise in extra-judicial killings and described President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s bloody war on illegal drugs as “hugely successful.” ​ “I think the communities are safer and our young people are better protected against drugs,” Roque said even as he expressed…

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Peter Thiel is betting on magic mushrooms to treat depression — and he’s not the only one

One of them is Compass Pathways, a for-profit company that Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel invested in last year. London-based entrepreneur Christian Angermayer, ex-hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz, and film producer Sam Englebardt are also backers of Compass … It has some notable advisors, including Tom Insel, the former director of the US National Institute…

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