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  1. Tripping Balls Through the Trump Inauguration is One Way to Go

    For many, the past year has kind of felt like one massive bad trip that culminated in yesterday's inauguration of President Donald Trump. For a 21-year-old named Zachary from Philadelphia, however, the inauguration was actually a trip—because he says he literally dropped acid when he went to it. His father (who was not on acid and accompanied him) got official tickets to the event from a state rep. "I'm sure he didn't know what we were going to do," Zachary told VICE. I spoke to him...
  2. HBO 'Real Time's Bill Maher Opens 15th Season Calling Trump Voters 'Pillbillies'

    Bill Maher kicked off his 15th season on HBO much like he ended the last one: attacking Donald Trump. The last time Maher was on television, Trump had just become president-elect and people were still shocked by the outcome of Election 2016. Real Time ended with the host and his panel wearing hats that said “we’re still here,” something that was still clear with his return on Friday night. The inauguration was the main topic of discussion and Maher had quite the lineup ready to represent...
  3. Man Serving Jail-time on Drug Charges to Serve as Pro-Drug Party (Cista) Candidate

    A man serving a prison sentence for growing drugs intends to stand in the forthcoming assembly elections. Martin Kelly, from Portadown, was sentenced to nine-months behind bars last November after being convicted of several drugs offences including cultivating cannabis, possession of cannabis, cocaine and cannabis resin. The 30-year-old was also convicted of possessing a little known drug known as 5-MeO-DALT as well as dishonestly using electricity. Kelly has previously stood as a...
  4. The Drug Policies of Trump's Cabinet Appointees

    As Inauguration Day draws near, Washington is getting ready for some wide-scale changes in leadership—including a series of high-level appointments that could have a major impact on the nation’s drug policy. President-elect Donald Trump will be able to recommend upwards of 1,200 positions for appointment, including 15 cabinet positions at the helm of major executive departments. Since the Donald’s November victory, he’s named a slew of controversial picks for various government plum...
  5. Normalizing Drug Use

    America's focus on eliminating drug use - we need to regulate and manage it. We have entered an era in which drug use is widespread, almost ubiquitous, and yet at the same it is viewed as unmanageable and uncontrollable. We need instead to accept and to regulate drug use. Several recent key writings in the popular and academic press point to the following developments: We are in a pharmacological era when drug use, both approved and unapproved, is widespread, almost universal. We...
  6. Is Federalism the Democrats' Answer to Drug Reform?

    As President Obama prepares to leave the White House and make way for President Trump on January 20, many Americans fear—with good reason—that the incoming administration will effectively nullify his presidential legacy. Of all the things progressives fear about a Trump presidency, this is probably the one most anchored to reality. The Left’s most beloved Obama policy achievements—Obamacare and immigration policy (or lack thereof), for instance—were largely enacted through the executive...
  7. Obama, Many's Hero, Backs Out of the US Drug War We Thought He Might Solve

    Before moving into the White House, Barack Obama described the war on drugs as "an utter failure," candidly discussed his own youthful drug use, criticized our excessively punitive criminal justice system, called for the decriminalization of marijuana, and rejected federal interference with state-authorized medical use of the plant. But with the exception of a crack sentencing reform bill he signed in 2010, Obama's first term was a big disappointment for those who expected him to...
  8. US Drug Policy Makers Need Enlightenment on Their Outdated Cannabis Research

    In the federal drug classification scheme, marijuana is classed at the very top. It is considered to be a Schedule I substance — a category reserved for drugs with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. For years, however, scientists have done study after study showing that this classification is misguided. On Thursday, the National Institute of Science put one more nail in the coffin with one of the most thorough reviews of the research to date: a massive, 396-page report...
  9. Would-Be Attorney General Sessions Discloses Nothing on How He'll Address Legal Weed

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has outlined his stance as a firm opponent of marijuana, but during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, he offered only vague answers about how he might approach the drug should he be confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. Although Sessions appeared to suggest there wouldn’t be radical changes in federal policy toward weed, he also left the door open for increased federal interference. “I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law,”...
  10. 300 US Marines Headed for Helmand Province, Afghanistan's Opium Region

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States announced it will send some 300 Marines to Afghanistan's opium-rich Helmand province to train and local forces fighting the Taliban, officials said — a move greeted with some skepticism by Afghans. U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, a spokesman for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, said the Marines will begin deploying this year and will remain in the province for nine months, where they will work with the Afghan army and militarized national police who...
  11. Scottish Conservatives Bicker with Health Secretary Over Cannabis Reform Points

    Scottish Conservatives have called for a crack down on cannabis after official figures revealed hospital admissions related to the drug have reached a 10-year high. The analysis, carried out by the party, claims that 834 – or 14 per cent – of the 5,922 admitted to hospital after drug use in 2015-16 in Scotland had taken cannabis. It is just below a high of 15 per cent a decade earlier. Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative’s shadow justice secretary, said the figures demonstrated that...
  12. Weed Advocates and Politically Annoyed to Pass Out 4,200 Joints at Trump Inauguration

    Marijuana legalization activists in the nation’s capital plan to hand out thousands of joints during President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration as a way to raise awareness of about the fragility of legal pot under his administration. The advocacy group behind the ballot initiative that legalized pot in Washington, D.C., in 2014 will take to the streets Jan. 20 to give away 4,200 joints — or somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 ounces of marijuana. “We are forced to do this type of...
  13. Thatcher's Plan to Spray Cocaine with Deadly Pests, that Thankfully Died on the Vine

    Secret plans to sabotage cocaine production abroad by introducing plant-destroying pests were discussed as the Government waged war on drugs, newly released official files reveal. Margaret Thatcher described the idea, which was proposed by Lord Victor Rothschild in July 1989, as a “characteristically brilliant” and “intriguing” way of tackling the growing “crack problem." Lord Rothschild suggested using “covert” tactics and aerial sprays to introduce a bug which would attack the source of...
  14. It's Now the Time for Obama to Reschedule Weed, Many in US Say

    President Obama made some news the other day with another slew of pardons and commutations, adding to his record number as president. Obama has pardoned more people than all presidents back to Truman combined, which is both notable and commendable. Many of these pardons came for Draconian sentences handed out during the worst years of the War On Drugs, when people were routinely sentenced to long prison terms not so much for possessing cocaine but rather for possessing the wrong type of...
  15. Wisconsin Governor Asks Trump to Extend Law to Drug-Test Food Stamp Recipients

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump during his presidential run, has sent his ally (*1) a public letter asking him to pave the way for drug testing food stamps recipients before Trump has even assumed office. “We want your help as soon as possible,” Walker wrote, before outlining specific demands, the first of which is the ability to screen and test people who need food stamps for drug use. While states have broad authority to change the...
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