Politics

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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Anthropology

Medical marijuana: What happens next in Pa.?

“The process itself of creating regulations and dispensing licenses is probably going to take; we’re estimating a best case 12 to 13 months and probably 18 months before licenses are issued.” Under the law, anyone seeking a prescription for medical marijuana must be suffering from a “serious medical condition” defined as cancer, HIV or AIDS,…

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Politics

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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Politics

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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U.N. not a place to find good policy

“No, the U.N. leadership is not that open to reform… the U.N. was confiscating copies of the letter calling for the end of the drug war that were being handed out in front of the U.N.” UN Security was apparently ordered to confiscate the letter, and attendees were ordered to hand over their copies upon…

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Can ‘magic’ mushrooms ease the pain of rejection?

“Lead researcher Katrin Preller of the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich explained that psilocybin has much more specific targets than antidepressants currently on the market.” It’s too small of a study to draw any strong conclusions from, and the participants were all healthy — they didn’t actually suffer from severe social anxiety or depression. But…

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UBC study finds psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence

“Now researchers at the University of B.C. say the drugs may help curb domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems”. The UBC Okanagan study, published last week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that 42 per cent of U.S. adult male prisoners who did not take psychedelic drugs after their release were arrested…

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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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