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  1. Reminiscing the Sweet Rock n' Roll Drug Songs of My Youth

    I was as the species of moody adolescent who drove people away from me when that was the last thing I wanted, so I spent a lot of time alone. I had private enthusiasms. I liked to be in the woods by myself, I liked to sleep, I liked to swim underwater, and I liked to sit in my room and listen to music, usually repetitively, while looking at the record’s cover. The first record I did this with was the Kingston Trio’s “At Large,” which belonged to one of my older brothers. I played it often...
  2. It's Finally Here, Colorado: Drive-Thru Weed!

    The days of the drive-thru marijuana shop has arrived in Parachute, Colorado.
  3. US Cannabidiol Company Purchases Israel's Talent Firm for $10 Million

    US firm Kalytera Therapeutics, Inc. said it has completed the acquisition of Talent Biotechs Ltd, a privately held Israeli company that develops cannabis-based therapies for medical needs, for over $10 million. Talent is currently studying the use of cannabidiol (CBD) — an antioxidant extracted from the cannabis plant — to prevent and treat Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD), a life-threatening condition that can occur after stem cell or bone marrow transplantation. Kalytera, whose shares are...
  4. World's Top Hockey League Awash in Drug, Alcohol, and Money Problems

    In an in-depth article by Magnus Nyström of the Swedish daily newspaper Expressen, five players from the NHL, past, and present spoke about the use of cocaine and alcohol in NHL, and what it means further down the line for players. The sources have requested anonymity in order to speak about these subjects. The following are the highlights from the Swedish-language feature. It was the Stanley Cup playoffs and everyone was playing their best hockey of the season. But something was wrong. Two...
  5. No Narcan for Addicts - Save the Community! Ohio Judge and Nurse Suggests

    Editor’s note: Another Viewpoint is a column The [Ohio] News-Herald makes available so all sides of an issue may be aired. Judge Diane V. Grendell serves on the Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals. The heroin and fentanyl epidemic continues to grow in Northeast Ohio. The number of opiate drug deaths exceeds traffic-related fatalities. Much is said about drug treatment, but little is said about keeping heroin out of our communities. As a registered nurse, I appreciate the well-intended...
  6. Fake Opioid News Serves No One

    The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study called “Opioid-Prescribing Patterns of Emergency Physicians and Risk of Long-Term Use.” It looked retrospectively at Medicare patients and found that some emergency room physicians prescribed up to three times more opioids than others did. The article did not even mention words such as “abuse” or “addiction” in any context. Moreover, the data was for the period between 2008 and 2011, long before the 2016 CDC opioid guidelines or...
  7. Why News Medias So Often Get "New Drug" News - Wrong

    In recent years, there has been increasing media attention on drugs known as “K2,” “bath salts,” fentanyl, “molly,” and others. Unfortunately, much of the coverage—even by some of the most well-meaning journalists—contains misinformation and inaccurate or misleading terminology. This all serves to perpetuate unfounded myths and unhelpful hysteria about these substances. The Drug Policy Alliance has created media tip sheets on synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic opioids, synthetic cathinones,...
  8. Trump's Wall "Catapults" Towards Failure Far Before Becoming a Reality

    FEBRUARY 15, 2017 —US Border Patrol agents have confiscated a catapult system believed to have been used to launch drugs into the United States, underscoring concerns that President Trump's plan to erect a wall along the border may not be effective at thwarting marijuana smugglers. The two agents were patrolling a stretch of border fence near Douglas, Ariz., on Friday, when they noticed several people running away. They found two bundles of marijuana, weighing a total of 47 pounds, on the...
  9. Demand, Use of Drugs and Alcohol In UK Prisons at an All-Time High

    The BBC’s Panorama documentary on HMP Northumberland recently put the problem of drug taking in prisons firmly under the spotlight. The terrible harms that psychoactive drugs create for both prisoners and prison officers were laid bare – secretly recorded footage showed prisoners overdosing on drugs, prisoners threatening an officer with a weapon, and one prison officer requiring hospital treatment after breathing in fumes from the psychoactive drug “Spice” (a synthetic version of...
  10. Stepped-Down DPA Chair Nadelmann Answers Questions on US Weed's Future

    Drug Policy Alliance czar Ethan Nadelmann shocked the cannabis community after announcing in late January that he’s stepping down as head of the influential organization. Many wondered how the longtime drug policy reform advocate could leave during such a tumultuous period for the industry, but he believes the timing is right for all parties. Nadelmann, who turns 60 in March, said he was ready for a change. He began advocating for drug law reform in 1987. Then, in 1994, he founded the...
  11. Venezuelan Vice-President Accused of Global Drug-Trafficking by Trump Administration

    The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s vice-president, Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking. The announcement, made on the Treasury Department’s website late on Monday, is bound to increase tensions between the US and its harshest critic in Latin America. El Aissami is the most senior Venezuelan official to ever be targeted by the States. The US government is also sanctioning Samark López, a wealthy Venezuelan...
  12. Sex & Drugs Rock! Once Again

    The connection between marijuana and great sex may seem relatively trendy, but as Joe Dolce writes in his new book Brave New Weed: Adventures Into the Uncharted World of Cannabis, cannabis has actually been praised for its aphrodisiac properties for at least three thousand years, ever since it entered India and was applied to Tantra. Dolce, the former editor-in-chief of Details and Star magazine, spent the past few years researching and reacquainting himself with marijuana, after a...
  13. People of Color Who Lost Loved Ones to an Opioid Death Say, ‘We Never Talked About It’

    DETROIT — When Ria Noriega’s cousin Manuel died of a heroin overdose six years ago, his obituary mentioned his quick wit and his model-car collection. But it made no mention of the overdose that killed him. “We never really talked about it,” Noriega said, standing near the banks of the Detroit River at a rally against heroin earlier this month, where about 30 people were gathered on a chilly afternoon. It was kind of a Mexican pride thing, I guess. I mean, people already don’t want us here,...
  14. Colorado Pot Industry's Financial Success Outsizes GDP of Many Countries

    DENVER ― Colorado’s marijuana industry soared to new highs in 2016. According to data released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Revenue, dispensaries in the state sold $1.3 billion in medical and recreational marijuana last year, generating close to $200 million in tax revenue for the state. For perspective, that’s slightly more than the entire 2015 GDP for the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Cities in Colorado also collected millions of additional tax dollars, as each city...
  15. Cocaine Worth $62M Washes Up on Beach in Britain

    LONDON -- British police say 794 pounds (360 kilograms) of cocaine with a street value of up to 50 million pounds ($62 million) has washed up on beaches in eastern England. The National Crime Agency said the drugs were found in duffel bags on two beaches near Great Yarmouth, 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of London. Matthew Rivers, from the crime agency's border investigation team, said Friday that police, border officials and coast guards are investigating how the bags ended up on...
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