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US officials are starting to treat opioid companies like Big Tobacco — and suing them

This year, multiple lawsuits have been launched against opioid manufacturers and distributors. With the opioid crisis now having resulted in more than 300,000 deadly opioid overdoses since 1999 (greater than the population of Cincinnati), there’s a push to hold accountable the people and companies behind the products that spawned the epidemic. Original Article (Vox):US officials…

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Senators ask… to curb cops’ authority to confiscate money

“You need not wait for Supreme Court censure before reforming these practices, and, in any event, the Department of Justice should err on the side of protecting constitutional rights” Suspicion of the confiscations has created unusual alliances among liberals, libertarians, and conservatives, which is reflected in the list of senators on the letter. The ACLU…

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Psychedelic Justice: how do we repair the harms of psychedelic prohibition?

We believe people who use psychedelics shouldn’t be vulnerable to criminal punishment—and we want to build a world where legal psychedelics make sense… it’s incumbent upon people who care about psychedelics to work toward ending the criminalization of people who use them outside of medical contexts, while also advocating for psychedelic-assisted therapy research. This legacy…

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How Canada’s marijuana legislation will affect employers

Employers will have to review and amend existing workplace policies and procedures once the Cannabis Act comes into force. This legal change may also require a social shift away from traditional views on the recreational use of marijuana. One key change will include removing any express policy references to marijuana usage as an illegal “off-duty”…

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Drug detention centers offer torture, not treatment

Hundreds of thousands of people identified as drug users… are held without due process in centers where they may be subjected to torture, and physical and sexual violence in the name of “treatment”. Individuals in drug detention centers… are commonly held against their will. They are picked up by police, or “volunteered” by local authorities…

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The DEA chief will ‘have to check’ whether DEA lets drugs into communities on purpose. (It does)

*global peace indexAside from direct involvement in drug deals, law enforcement officials may also allow drugs to flow into communities because they’re interested in seizing the cash proceeds from the sale of those drugs. A more recent Inspector General’s report found that since 2007, the DEA had seized $3.2 billion in cash from people not…

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Marijuana legalization quietly goes global

In Chile, the private and personal use of cannabis has been decriminalized since 2005. By 2016, the Chilean congress had approved a bill allowing locals to grow small amounts for medical, recreational, or spiritual use.. It has been spreading globally, as far back as 1976, with countries like the Netherlands and Portugal experimenting with decriminalization and teaching the world a lesson on…

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