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US DEA backs off banning popular herb, Kratom

“We didn’t get into this business for Kratom. Kratom found us,” said owner Ethan Franc. Franc said customers swear the powdered leaves, used for hundreds of years in Asia, are the answer to their physical and emotional ailments. “Pain relief or getting off opioid addiction,” said Franc. “We’ve had customers use it to get off…

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Nationwide marijuana legalization could produce up to $28 billion in yearly tax revenue

A mature marijuana industry could generate up to $28 billion in tax revenues for federal, state, and local governments, including $7 billion in federal revenue: $5.5 billion from business taxes and $1.5 billion from income and payroll taxes…estimated marijuana prohibition costs $3.6 billion. The debate over marijuana legalization is just one of the many ways…

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How Russia became the new global leader in the war on drugs

“Central to Russia’s interventions was an insistence that the words “harm reduction” not be included in the document.” “Russian approaches to drug dependence are in contradiction to virtually all international scientific standards,” said Daniel Wolfe, director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program at the Open Society Foundations. “Russian narcologists — their version of drug…

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The ‘war on drugs’ in numbers: a systematic failure of policy

“However, where long-term data is available, it does point to systematic failures in drug policies”. Those risks [to drug use] include punishment by the justice system. However, there too the efficacy of policy is highly questionable. The Brookings Institution published an overview of global counter-narcotics policy in 2008 which compared three different approaches: “the punishment…

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Ten compelling reasons to end drug prohibition today

“Number Ten: We’re wasting human resources. The large majority are men in their prime. Given the right opportunities, an illegal cannabis grower or a meth dealer could use their knowledge and ingenuity…” Globally, tens of millions of nonviolent people have ended up in prison for drug offenses. The large majority are men in their prime.…

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Psychedelic Advocates take their case for freedom of consciousness to the United Nations (UNGASS 2016)

Led by Psymposia and the Psychedelic Society of Brooklyn (one of at least 50 city-based such societies around the world), they took on the question of why use, support, or call for the legalization of the consciousness-changing drugs by providing their own answers under the format of “Psychedelics Because…” Earlier this month, scientists examined the…

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Diplomacy or denialism: World leaders heading towards monumental failure in tackling global drug problem at UN summit

“These member states will have no opportunity to debate the UNGASS Outcome Document because, bizarrely, the document is set to be agreed at the beginning of the meeting.” “Any proposed language that challenged the failings of the current system, or called for meaningful changes to the status quo, was systematically ignored, marginalised, vetoed, watered down,…

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It calls for a shift in global drug policy from emphasising criminalisation and punishment to health and human rights.

The letter signed by former presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Switzerland and others, was made public yesterday in advance of a UN special session on the topic beginning April 19. It was released by the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance. The letter says that for ­decades, governments have ­focused resources on repressing drug use, resulting…

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Oregon earns a C+ for its civil forfeiture laws

“These percentages are lower than those of most other states, but they still represent a sizable incentive to seize”. Oregon law enforcement agencies are required to report details of seized and forfeited property to the Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee, which aggregates the data and publishes annual reports online. However, data are missing for 2009…

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