Drug-Induced Homicide Charges Draconian and Ineffective, Study Finds

by psmith, DRUG WAR CHRONICLE:  A new report from the Drug Policy Alliance shines a harsh spotlight on a strategy that some police, prosecutors, and elected officials are embracing in response to the opioid overdose crisis — charging sellers with drug-induced homicide — which the evidence suggests is intensifying, rather than helping, the problem. James […]

TSUKERMAN: Russia Accuses USA of “Harvesting Russian Tissue”

By Slava Tsukerman The opening of Wall of Sorrow memorial was the event that concluded the session of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.  During the session the idea was voiced that some people, with the help of surveillance systems, are collecting images of Russian people. Answering this assumption, Putin spoke of even more mysterious fact, saying: “Images, it’s okay. But […]

New Yorker: The Poligarchs, Oligarchs, and Stooges of the Paradise Papers

  THE NEW YORKER: More than three hundred and eighty journalists have been studying an untold number of pages contained in millions of leaked files now known as the Paradise Papers, which detail the offshore assets and tax-avoidance mechanisms of a number of large corporations and super-rich individuals. These journalists are now producing dozens of stories, […]

Medical Marijuana Update

by psmith  Congresspeople want the VA to research medical marijuana, New Jersey expands its list of qualifying conditions, and more. NationalLast Thursday,lawmakers called on the VA to research medical marijuana for veterans. A group of lawmakers who sit on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee wrote a letter to Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin urging him […]

REF Speaks: “Fairness” is a concept that has been lost

  By Robert Field One word particularly stood out from New York Times article “What Did Bernie Sanders Learn in His Weekend in Canada?” Yes there was the usual unimpeachable argument for a total reform to the United States extravagant and underperforming health service. To wit: “Many developed countries have achieved universal health coverage, but […]

Now that opioid crisis affects middle class, public health advocated over criminal justice

Hello press–   By Tony Newman   DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE:  Trump’s speech yesterday declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency has generated national news on the issue of overdose and opioid use in the country. With the overdose crisis becoming a mainstream conversation, there has been a shift in the narrative. Historically, when a […]

New Gallup Poll Finds Record Support for Marijuana Legalization

Drug Policy Alliance drugpolicy.org     64% of Americans, Including Majority of Republicans, Support Legalization   A new Gallup poll shows record-breaking support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. The number is the highest level of support in nearly half a century of surveying adults on the issue, according […]

Did Americans really celebrate Putin’s birthday (or when is a Whopper but a whopper?)

  By Slava Tsukerman On October 7, Russia celebrated President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday. According to the Russian media, that event was joyfully noted throughout the entire world and especially in the USA. The Russian state News Agency TASS reported that on Vladimir Putin’s birthday Ledo Pizza restaurant in Washington, DC offered visitors “pizza in Russian […]

Drug Arrests, Marijuana Arrests Both Up Last Year, FBI Reports 

by psmith, September 26, 2017, 04:32pm, This article was produced in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here. Despite spreading marijuana legalization and despite a growing desire for new directions in drug policy, the war on drugs continues unabated. According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report, released Monday, overall drug arrests actually increased last […]

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