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  1. The Philippines Now Wants to Legalize Medical Marijuana

    President Rodrigo Duterte is known worldwide for his zero-tolerance policy on drugs. He is responsible for bringing forth one of the bloodiest drug wars in modern history, complete with full permission for police and regular citizens to carry out extrajudicial killings. This is in an effort to “cleanse” his country of drug dealers and users.
  2. Australia’s war on drugs is failing. We must change course

    Medical experts are calling the recent spate of drug overdoses a "public health emergency", and demonising drug users will only fuel the problem, writes Jill Stark. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, Australia’s war on drugs is madness in its purest form. “Just say no” has been an abject failure. The law enforcement approach has not deterred users, nor has it made communities safer. It has only put lives at risk. Last...
  3. This Year's Nevada Cannabis Cup Celebration Runs into Federal Saber Rattling

    LAS VEGAS—It had the makings of a duel in the desert, the first clash between the legion of marijuana lovers emboldened by a surge of legalization and a new federal administration that has pledged to restore “law and order.” In the days leading up to the Cannabis Cup—which is the pot world’s version of harvest festival, lecture series and outdoor concert rolled into one—it looked like a corner of an Indian reservation an hour north of Las Vegas was going to become a historic battlefield....
  4. The Health Care Crisis and the Addiction Crisis Are the Same

    America is governed by 19th century philosophies that kill evermore people. Donald Trump was elected by a white underclass that is resentful, suicidal, and addictive, and whose existence is declining rapidly. The most noted...
  5. Will President Trump slash the Office of Drug Policy?

    Drug policy and advocacy groups, alarmed by a New York Times report that the Office of Management and Budget has placed the White House’s Office of National Drug Control and Policy (ONDCP) on the chopping block, have banded together in the midst of a national opioid crisis to author a letter forcefully opposing the move. The letter obtained by CBS News, titled “Retain the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” was written by over 70 medical and drug policy organizations, such as Addiction...
  6. Quick Guide to the Latest Updates in US Marijuana Laws

    There may be uncertainty in regards to cannabis on the federal stage, but some U.S. lawmakers are trying to keep the legislative gears churning. A bipartisan quartet of congressmen in February launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, a group formed to develop a united front to further congressional action on cannabis. Here’s a rundown of the cannabis bills before the 115th U.S. Congress, including medical measures and a proposal to end federal marijuana prohibition, plus a listing of...
  7. Out of the shadows: Manila’s meth dealers back in streets as cops pull back

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs had until three weeks ago driven the trade in crystal methamphetamine underground, according to residents and drug users in some of the slum areas of the nation's capital city. As thousands of users and dealers were shot dead by police and vigilantes in the first seven months after Duterte came to power last June, open dealing in the drug, known here by its street name shabu, largely stopped. Instead, deals were done on the quiet between...
  8. Trump's White House Will Not Let Colorado's Legal Marijuana Industry Down, GOP Senator Says

    A top Republican lawmaker in Colorado is casting doubt on whether Donald Trump’s administration will crack down on the legalization of marijuana, saying the new president wouldn’t “turn his back” on states’ rights. Colorado Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican and a Trump supporter, reacted after the statement from White House spokesman Sean Spicer that recreational pot will face “greater enforcement.” “I’m not sure I’d put too much thought or too much...
  9. Talk of Revoking State's Rights to Legal Weed Upsetting Both Liberals and Conservatives

    Yesterday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the Justice Department under newly installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be more inclined to enforce the federal ban on marijuana in states that have legalized the drug for recreational use. A large majority of Americans, including most Republicans, think that's a bad idea, according to poll numbers released the same day as Spicer's comments. Answering a question from an Arkansas reporter wondering how the...
  10. Expect a Tough Pushback on State Legal Marijuana, Trump's Press Secretary Announced Today

    Over the past few years, eight states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, and 20 more have legalized it for medical uses. President Barack Obama’s administration took a hands-off approach to these states, deciding not to enforce federal laws that prohibit marijuana use as long as states followed some rules. But what will President Donald Trump’s administration do? On Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave the clearest answer yet to this...
  11. Netherlands MPs' Vote to Approve Cannabis Cultivation Passes

    The Dutch lower house of parliament has narrowly voted to approve the cultivation of cannabis. The bill would exempt professional growers working within certain conditions from punishment. But it is not yet law, as it must also get majority support from the Senate. Buying small amounts of cannabis at so-called coffee shops has long been tolerated in the Netherlands, but cultivating and selling it to the coffee shops is illegal. Coffee shops often fall back on supplies from criminal networks....
  12. Conservatives Move to Mandatorily Drug Test State's Unemployment Recipients

    House Republicans gave Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and other Republican governors a gift on Wednesday: They voted to repeal a Labor Department rule that limited which workers state governments can drug test before handing out unemployment benefits. The vote tally was 236-189, and largely fell along party lines. Nearly 50 labor and civil rights groups signed a letter arguing that the repeal legislation would allow states like Wisconsin to waste taxpayers dollars on drug testing already...
  13. NJ Governor's Proposed Bill 53 Would Hugely Limit Initial Pain Medicine Prescriptions

    The governor of New Jersey has taken the state’s opioid epidemic into his own hands after signing a new bill into law Wednesday that would limit painkiller prescriptions and force insurance companies to approve a patient's addiction treatment program without delay. Gov. Chris Christie called the new law the “toughest in the country in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction," according to reports. The new bill, S3, would enforce a five-day limit on initial prescriptions for opioids,...
  14. Pro-Pot US Lawmakers Launch Cannabis Caucus, Amidst Political Uncertainty

    Lawmakers looking to draw attention to pet issues have formed groups in favor of everything from auto care to zoos. Now, there’s a caucus for cannabis. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said the move — to be announced at a press conference Thursday — is a sign of how mainstream the drive for marijuana legalization has become. “This is happening all across the country, and its going to continue,” said the Oregon Democrat, an advocate for legalized marijuana since the 1970s. “The industry is growing, as...
  15. Christie Meets with Trump to Talk Drug Policy

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and President Donald Trump met at the White House to discuss drug policy. Governor Christie has made dealing with his state's opioid abuse crisis a top priority, appearing in a series of ads to promote a new hotline and website dedicated to drug abuse. Christie could soon sign a bill requiring insurance companies provide up to six months of inpatient or outpatient treatment coverage to policy holders struggling with addiction. Christie's meeting with...
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