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Portugal Drug Policy: Decriminalization Works

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How much would legal marijuana cost? A new book says it would be nearly free Photograph by Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images. It continues to be totally off the radar of prominent politicians, but polls indicate that large and growing numbers of Americans are open to the idea of legalizing marijuana. Gallup broke ground last fall with the first-ever poll showing 50 percent of respondents nationwide wanting to legalize, and a more precisely worded poll from Rasmussen in May had 56 percent in favor of “legalizing marijuana and regulating it in a similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today.” Thus far those polls are outliers, and most surveys show more voter skepticism than that. But as elderly voters are more pot-phobic than the young, legalization’s support is likely to increase over time and surely it will work its way onto the national agenda sooner or later. There’s been relatively little analysis of what a legal marijuana industry might look like. How cheaply could pot be grown with advanced farming techniques?

The Art of Decentralization by Butler Shaffer Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter Operating on the assumptions (1) that Ron Paul will not be the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, and (2) that he is likely to retire from future presidential campaigns, I focus on the question: where are those who advocate peace and liberty to now direct their energies? My experiences and inquiries keep me convinced that trying to dismantle political thinking from within the system is both a futile and contradictory undertaking. Anyone who believes that Ron Paul has simply dreamed up an ideology that young people find attractive has no understanding of what is transpiring in this movement. Ron Paul did not invent this mobilization of the human spirit, nor will the energies subside after November’s elections. Those who are drawn to libertarian sentiments and ideas are generally in agreement that there is no definitive answer to the question of how free men and women will live.

Uruguay Considers Legalizing Marijuana to Stop Traffickers Matilde Campodonico for The New York Times Marijuana growing in a closet in Uruguay. Personal use has been decriminalized, but drug-related violence is an issue. Uruguay’s famously rebellious president first called for “regulated and controlled legalization of marijuana” in a security plan unveiled last month. And now all anyone here can talk about are the potential impacts of a formal market for what Ronald Reagan once described as “probably the most dangerous drug in America.” “It’s a profound change in approach,” said Sebastián Sabini, one of the lawmakers working on the contentious proposal unveiled by President on June 20. Across Latin America, leaders appalled by the spread of drug-related violence are mulling policies that would have once been inconceivable. Decriminalizing everything from heroin and cocaine to marijuana? Legalizing and regulating not just drug use, but also drug transport — perhaps with large customs fees for bulk shipments? Mr.

L'altruisme, une affaire de matière grise | Science Photo : iStockphoto La disposition à s'intéresser à autrui, à manifester de la générosité et du désintéressement serait liée à la quantité de matière grise dans le cerveau, affirment des chercheurs suisses. Selon Ernst Fehr et ses collègues de l'Université de Zurich, ces travaux laissent à penser qu'il existe un lien entre l'anatomie du cerveau, son activité et un comportement altruiste. Ainsi, plus une personne dispose de matière grise, qui est située dans le système nerveux central, moins elle aura tendance à se comporter de manière égoïste, révèle l'étude. Pour arriver à ce constat, l'équipe de recherche a demandé à des participants de partager un montant d'argent entre eux et un autre joueur anonyme. Les auteurs de ces travaux affirment qu'il s'agit d'un comportement altruiste, puisque la personne peut en aider une autre à ses propres dépens. Les observations ont étonné par la différence entre les participants.

Virginia Drug Possession Case Highlights Flawed Drug War Policies By Aviva Shen "Virginia Drug Possession Case Highlights Flawed Drug War Policies" In a local case exemplifying changing attitudes on the War on Drugs, a jury found a farmer in Albemarle County not guilty of marijuana possession on Wednesday evening. 54-year-old Philip Cobbs was summoned to court to answer for two marijuana plants spotted on his 37-acre farm by a helicopter. The plants were discovered by a task force of law enforcement officials that routinely flies over farms searching for marijuana. Sneathern, pointing out that the task force uses National Guard helicopters, protested, “We’re treating our citizens like they’re the enemy.” As Sneathern noted, Virginia law dictates that anyone found guilty of a first offense of marijuana possession must have their drivers license revoked without exception. While the jury ultimately found Cobbs not guilty, it took half a day to find 7 people out of 25 who were neutral enough on drug laws to serve as jurors.

illuminati | Brands & logo's | Coca Cola & Nike Hemp: The Billion Dollar LOST Crop industrial hemp production - photo by Last week was the 3rd Annual Hemp History Week, the largest national grassroots marketing and public education grand slam that seeks to get folks on board to support hemp farming in the U.S. of A! Why does that matter? Because industrial hemp, a nutrient-dense and eco-friendly cash crop has been outlawed by the U.S. government since 1937. We are spending way too much to import a crop that could readily be grown almost anywhere in this country. But there is hope. The most frustrating thing is, hemp is not actually illegal. Read about farmers who planted hemp on DEA property and then got arrested See video about 3rd Annual Hemp History Week here Read more about the history of hemp and why it is actually outlawed here Learn more about current hemp legislation here Read about hemp’s potential to be a billion dollar crop in the U.S. The Budding Economy

10 Rare Mental Disorders War on drugs 'a failure,' international panel declares World consumption of cocaine and opiates has shot up in the past decade. Cartel violence rages in Mexico. West Africa has become a cocaine-trafficking hub. A high-powered panel of former heads of states and United Nations officials says it is time for governments to find new ways to deal with the world's drug problem. "The fact is that the war on drugs is a failure," former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso said Thursday at the unveiling of a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Along with Mr. Don't treat users as criminals There are an estimated 250 million drug users in the world, according to UN estimates. The commission notes that countries that rely on repression when dealing with users of injectable drugs, such as Russia and Thailand, end up with high rates of HIV transmission. In Britain, opiate and crack cocaine users that received drug treatment in the community were 48 per cent less likely to reoffend, the report says. Don't waste time nabbing the small fry