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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...
Having endured years of battling anti-drug campaigners, I've noticed that for them, their stance isn't based on facts or reason, but rather an impermutable moral idea, which has at its core the suggestion that something is simply right or wrong, and nothing else matters. We see people who are less interested in bringing about positive changes than they are...
In a landmark event, the British public has demanded that the government review the effectiveness of current drug laws. Having launched the petition over a year ago, it seemed that we'd fall short of our target of 100,000 signatures, but this past week saw a push from a number of activists, coupled with well-timed media articles. Having taken almost...
Support has grown for the petition of Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, which calls for the government to formally asses the impact of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. This act is largely responsible for the legal classification of drugs in the United Kingdom; and we haven't properly analysed how effective it has proved in minimising the harms associated with...