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Many Anti-Pot Arguments Are Based On Weak Science, Say Researchers. 14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here's What Portugal Looks Like. In 2001, the Portuguese government did something that the United States would find entirely alien.

14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here's What Portugal Looks Like

After many years of waging a fierce war on drugs, it decided to flip its strategy entirely: It decriminalized them all. If someone is found in the possession of less than a 10-day supply of anything from marijuana to heroin, he or she is sent to a three-person Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, typically made up of a lawyer, a doctor and a social worker. The commission recommends treatment or a minor fine; otherwise, the person is sent off without any penalty. A vast majority of the time, there is no penalty. Fourteen years after decriminalization, Portugal has not been run into the ground by a nation of drug addicts. The background: In 1974, the dictatorship that had isolated Portugal from the rest of the world for nearly half a century came to an end. But by 2001, the country decided to decriminalize possession and use of drugs, and the results have been remarkable. 14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here's What Portugal Looks Like.

US marijuana legalisation has not led to rise in use by adolescents, study finds. The 3 deadliest drugs in America are all totally legal. Javier Zarracina/Vox.

The 3 deadliest drugs in America are all totally legal

Untitled. Jeb Bush, presumed Republican presidential candidate, was an enthusiastic pothead for much of his youth.


This is not criticism, because many of my good friends are current or former potheads, as is a certain current president I admire. Medical Marijuana Patients In California Are Being Denied Organ Transplants, But That Could Soon Change. Justin Turley has suffered from cirrhosis, a degenerative liver disorder that keeps him in near-constant pain, for 13 years.

Medical Marijuana Patients In California Are Being Denied Organ Transplants, But That Could Soon Change

Shortly after his diagnosis, frustrated by the side effects of pharmaceutical medications he said turned him into a "zombie," he started using medical marijuana to treat his symptoms. "I was able to eat again; I could deal with the pain and not have to be completely removed from social situations," the San Diego resident told The Huffington Post. "It helped me alleviate my problems without all the complications. " Turley's doctor told him that he would eventually need a liver transplant in order to survive, so he scheduled an appointment at University of California San Diego Medical Center to learn more. The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science. By Sam P.K.

The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science

Collins Posted on. Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana. Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.

Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana

The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana. Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so. The Obama administration has largely followed that rule since last year as a matter of policy.

Legal Marijuana Should Cost $4.44 A Pound - Beyond Chronic. Just Say No to DARE. Heres a news flash: "Just Say No" is not an effective anti-drug message.

Just Say No to DARE

And neither are Barney-style self-esteem mantras. While most Americans wont be stunned by these revelations, theyve apparently taken a few DARE officials by surprise. According to the New York Times, after years of ignoring stubbornly low success rates, coordinators of the 18-year-old Drug Abuse Resistance Education program are finally coming around to the news that their plan to keep kids off drugs just isnt working. That means a whole new DARE program — one which critics hope will sidestep existing pitfalls. What is the war on drugs? - Everything you need to know about the war on drugs. If lawmakers decided to stop the war on drugs tomorrow, a major hurdle could be international agreements that require restrictions and regulations on certain drugs.

What is the war on drugs? - Everything you need to know about the war on drugs

There are three major treaties: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Drugs of 1971, and the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. Combined, the treaties require participants to limit and even criminalize the possession, use, trade, and distribution of drugs outside of medical and scientific purposes, and work together to stop international drug trafficking. Where Americans Smoke and Grow Marijuana (Maps) Marijuana's popularity has fluctuated throughout history and across the globe.

Where Americans Smoke and Grow Marijuana (Maps)

But in the United States, this drug is becoming ever more mainstream. In two states, recreational use of pot has been legal since 2012, and some type of use of the drug is now allowed in almost half of the country. Yesterday (Nov. 4) people in Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize recreational pot use, as well as make it legal to set up retail pot shops similar to those operating in Washington and Colorado. In the District of Columbia, people voted to allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces (57 grams) of cannabis, and to grow a limited number of marijuana plants at home, but selling marijuana is still not allowed.

In Florida, although the majority voted in favor of allowing medical use of marijuana, the measure needed 60 percent support in order to pass, and it fell short. 34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer. There’s still a lot of confusion across the nation about whether or not marijuana is effective for cancer patients.

34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer

Odds are you’ve heard something about it but weren’t sure whether the information was reliable or definitive. So, in order to help clear things up, here is a list of 34 studies showing that marijuana cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancers being cured in each study. As you sort through the articles, note that the consistent theme between them is that cannabis shrinks tumors and selectively targets cancer cells. Smell the Truth » War on marijuana unconstitutional? Federal judge reviews evidence. Federal on war on marijuana (pictured above) up for review in District Court in California.

In a surprise case with far-reaching ramifications and global symbolism, a federal judge in California will review evidence this week as part of a defense motion to declare the government’s 40 year-old war on marijuana unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller concluded hearings Thursday in Sacramento on a preliminary motion by the defense in the case of U.S. v. 2,400 Year Old Mummy Had Breast Cancer Used Cannabis. Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons. A 2,400-year-old "Siberian Ice Maiden" apparently knew something that not all US lawmakers do: Cannabis is a perfect palliative for cancer.

Discovered in 1993 by archaeologist Natalia Polosmak, the mummified remains of this woman, also known as the "Princess of Ukok," were recently examined by a team of Russian scientists. They found that the woman, who was heavily tattooed and died when she was between 20 and 30 years old, suffered from and ultimately succumbed to breast cancer. Terminal Cancer Patient Guilty In Marijuana Trial. A terminal cancer patient who says he grew marijuana to treat his tumors was found guilty of drug charges Wednesday by an Iowa jury that wasn't allowed to hear his defense. Benton Mackenzie, 48, was convicted in Iowa district court jury of marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy, along with his wife, Loretta, 43, the Quad-City Times' Brian Wellner first reported. Their son Cody, 22, was found guilty of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Benton Mackenzie, who had been barred by Judge Henry Latham from a defense that explains he grew cannabis to relieve his aggressive and rare cancer of the blood vessels, faces a minimum of three years in prison when he is sentenced later. His family said they intend to appeal the verdicts. Mackenzie said prison may kill him as his health worsens. Cannabis smoking and lung cancer risk: Pooled analysis in the International Lung Cancer Consortium - Zhang - International Journal of Cancer. 34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer. Dear Media: This Is What People Who Use Marijuana Look Like  Global political and business leaders are talking seriously about ending marijuana prohibition everywhere from D.C. to Davos.

Recent polls say a majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana -- and not just in the states you'd expect but even in Missouri, Indiana, Texas, Florida and Louisiana. In Washington State, Colorado and the country of Uruguay, marijuana is now legally regulated -- not to mention the twenty states and D.C. that have implemented medical marijuana laws since 1996. It would seem that marijuana has finally entered the mainstream of U.S. and international politics. However, someone has neglected to tell the many news outlets that continue to recycle the same old "Cheech & Chong" images that should have been retired decades ago. Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana. Photo. Here's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose. Could You Lose Your Job for Smoking Legal Pot? The Lone Star State has led a surprisingly progressive overhaul of its incarceration system.

The story behind the bipartisan push that GOP contenders may be extolling come 2016. Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose. Infographic - Why Are Pot Smokers Skinny? New Research on Weight & Marijuana. Katrina vanden Heuvel: Time to end the war on drugs. Brits Want Marijuana Reforms, Drug Policy Review. Americans Overwhelmingly Want Feds to Let States Move Forward With Marijuana Legalization. Homegrown. While the Obama administration is deliberating how to handle the newly approved marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington State, one thing they will likely pay attention to is popular opinion.

Molly Davies: A Letter to the President: My Husband Is Not the "Bigger Fish to Fry" in Your Drug War. President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: I am writing to you as a wife and mother of two young daughters, whose 34-year old husband, Matthew Davies, faces 10 years or more in federal prison for providing medical marijuana to sick people in California, even though he complied with state law concerning medicinal cannabis. Washington state lights up as smoking marijuana becomes legal. Maria Santos Gorrostieta 'executed' after surviving two assassination attempts. ‘The Fight Over Medical Marijuana’ OIG releases an audit of DEA adoptive seizure process and equitable sharing requests. Without a Card to Play, Texas Grandma Sentenced to Life Without Parole for First-Time Drug Offense.

Texans can sleep more soundly at night knowing that Elisa Castillo, a grandmother and nonviolent first-time drug offender, is serving a life without parole sentence in Fort Worth. Residual Effects of Cannabis Use on... [Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2012. Feds raid four reservation smoke shops. "The House I Live In": New Documentary Exposes Economic, Moral Failure of U.S. War on Drugs. The Neuroscience of Pot: Researchers Explain Why Marijuana May Bring Serenity Or Psychosis. Light Pot Smoking Easy On Lungs. Parents’ Minor Marijuana Arrests Lead to Child Neglect Cases. Gary Johnson: Yes, It Is time for Pot Legalization, Mr. President. Legalizing Marijuana Could Save Thousands of Lives - Megan McArdle - Business.

Mexican crook: Gangsters arrange fights to death for entertainment. Global war on drugs 'has failed' say former leaders. Olbermann Departs: Extreme Right 3, American People 0. David Henry Sterry: Mexican Drug Lord Officially Thanks American Lawmakers for Keeping Drugs Illegal. Harm reduction: Fighting drugs through jujitsu. News & Information : Press Releases. Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalization. LA Sheriff Pledges to Bust People for Pot Even If Marijuana Is Legalized in California.