WAR ON DRUGS

Trump Ramps Up War On Drugs

In a sharp break with the Obama administration, which distanced itself from harsh anti-drug rhetoric and emphasized treatment for drug users over punishment, President Trump this week reverted to tough drug war oratory and backed it up with a series of executive orders he said are "designed to restore safety in America."
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Alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you’d never know from the headlines

Mainstream media tend to report more stories about illicit drugs than alcohol.

Stories about illicit drugs are also more negative. The media is more likely to frame illicit drugs as dangerous, morally corrosive and associated with violent behaviour, while it frames people who use illicit drugs as irresponsible and deviant.

In particular, the media is more likely to link illegal drugs with violent crimes, sexual assaults and murders than alcohol. This is despite one study finding 47% of homicides in Australia over a six-year period were alcohol-related.
READ MORE: https://theconversation.com/alcohol-leads-to-more-violence-than-other-dr...

Lucy in the sky with protein: Did we find the key to LSD’s psychoactive potency?

By freezing an LSD molecule bound to a single brain cell receptor as a crystal in a lab, researchers were able to get a 3-D x-ray image of the drug and the protein locked together. “My lab has been trying to do this since the early 1990s,” said Bryan Roth, a pharmacologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and senior author on the paper. “I remember Dan Wacker [a co-author, also at U.N.C.] showing the image. It was basically a moment of silence. I started to fight back tears of gratitude that we had finally gotten it.” It is the first 3-D image of a psychedelic bound to a brain receptor, Roth said.
READ MORE: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/29/lucy-in-the-sky-with-protein-did-we-find...

Study Reveals Why LSD Trips are So Long and How it Can Treat Depression & Schizophrenia

For decades, scientific exploration into the realm of psychedelic drugs has been strictly forbidden by the US government. However, recently, as a result of constant pressure from civil rights groups, scientists are finally getting the opportunity to see what these drugs are all about. LSD has been a primary focus of recent research, and study after study has shown that this substance has many beneficial uses.

One recent study conducted by a team of researchers from The University of North Carolina, Stanford University and the University of California has shown that LSD could be used to treat schizophrenia and depression.
READ MORE: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/study-lsd-trips-depression-schizophreni...

The Plan to Test Cities’ Sewage for Drugs Is a New Form of Mass Surveillance

Nearly every drug you snort, inject, smoke, butt-plug, vaporize or freebase eventually ends up back in the water supply via your excrement. The fish love it—well, maybe not the ones mutating from it. But apparently crabs and trout aren't the only ones sifting through your waste.

Across the globe, researchers at wastewater treatment plants are testing for psychoactive substances passed by drug users through their feces and urine. The data can be incredibly valuable, letting scientists and law enforcement quickly track drug use trends and identify new substances on the market.
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Legal Weed is Killing Cartels and Corporate (FAKE NEWS) Media Is Trying to Say that’s a Bad Thing

According to FNC and University of San Diego professor David Shirk, that fact has now been confirmed. It seems, as marijuana proponents asserted, the Mexican cartels are getting out of the illegal marijuana trade. Shirk says the cartels are turning their backs on marijuana in favor of other “more predatory criminal activities” such as, “kidnapping, extortion, larceny…stealing petroleum from petroleum lines,” Shirk stated.
READ MORE: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/drug-cartels-abandon-marijuana-states-l...

Cannabis ingredient to be classed as medicine in UK

Products that contain a cannabis-based ingredient called cannabidiol, or CBD, are to be classed as medicines by the UK medicines regulator from this year.
READ MORE: http://news.sky.com/story/cannabis-ingredient-to-be-classed-as-medicine-...

Alcohol intoxication amplifies feelings of aggression while cannabis intoxication diminishes feelings of aggression, according to research published in Psychopharmacology

I could have saved them loads of time and money by telling them the obvious. Legalising cannabis in New Zealand would be devastating to the new private prison industry and Police budget funding. Our world leader status in domestic violence would also be placed under massive threat. Thankfully our current National government understands all of this and has been ramping up the war on cannabis over the last 8 years whilst allowing liquor stores to pop up everywhere like mushrooms.
READ MORE: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00213-016-4371-1

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