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As seems to be the case with all "moral" crusades, it appears that the main protagonist in the murder of drug users is actually as guilty as anybody. Duterte himself has an opioid addiction thanks to his Fentanyl use, and now there are suggestions that his son is a kingpin involved in the import and sale of crystal meth....
For the first time, researchers have managed to identify the precise mechanism by which some young brains are impacted by THC consumption. For decades there'd been an association claimed, albeit with little understanding of why some who consumed cannabis heavily during their teens seemed to exhibit schizophrenia-like symptoms in adulthood. Published in the Nature journal, researchers detailed how they'd...
This is a series of podcasts from On the Media, which is WNYC Studios' weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield give you the tools to survive the media maelstrom. There are several parts to their war on drugs series, which are broken down below. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled that he'd like...
As if oblivious to the criticisms of his many racially-charged proclamations, Donald Trump this week decided to go all-out in appealing to his base, by coming to the defence of Joe Arpaio, who has just been convicted of focusing on Latinos as part of his anti-drug war in Arizona. You might have seen this guy before if you've watched...
In yet another shocking display of misinformation, the BBC last night aired a documentary in which it left unchallenged the assertion that heroin and crack are less dangerous substances than cannabis. Yes, that's heroin, which accounts for over 13,000 deaths annually in the US (surpassing gun homicides), and crack, which along with powdered cocaine, was responsible for the loss...
Following the tradition of imbecilic Trump staff members, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to make the push for his own sacking. The bumbling politician - whose abhorrent views on race should have barred him from public service decades ago - recently attempted to bully states with legal cannabis sales into complying with federal law, which considers sale and possession...
This week saw yet another negative headline in the media about cannabis, and as with almost all the others, it's complete bullshit. The angle of attack in this instance is blood pressure (hypertension), and the impact cannabis can have on this condition. The original study can be found here. The Claim Most articles make the same claim: "A study has shown that...
Amsterdam is home to a wide selection of cannabis, but the cost of top-shelf strains can be prohibitive to some visitors. Part of this is related to the grey area laws which make production and large-scale supply an offence, but a lot has to do with shops taking advantage of tourists and promoting the more expensive strains on the...