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It’s the most widely available, used and socially accepted drug in Australia. And it may be the most harmful. Join The Conversation for a week-long series that will examine the reasons for and the consequences of our love of alcohol.
People who grow cannabis for personal use could be risking criminal charges by inadvertently cultivating too much.
Drug Law Reform Australia is Australia’s newest political force. We are not pro-drugs though we support decriminalisation, regulation and harm minimisation of currently illegal drugs. We are calling for the end of the so called “war on drugs”. As a political movement, we seek representation in Parliament. We believe the two major parties are incapable of solving this national problem. Their tough on crime rhetoric, trivializes the problem.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s US correspondent Nick O’Malley travels to Washington state to check out the new drug laws, and is left dazed by what he finds.
Advocates for the legalization of marijuana plan to step up their political giving and lobbying efforts now that members of Congress are taking an interest in changing federal drug laws. The lobbyists say lawmakers who wouldn’t give them the time of day are suddenly interested in meeting with them and introducing legislation following the approval of ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington that legalized recreational use of the drug.
The United Food and Commercial Workers [UFCW] has been unionizing marijuana workers since 2010.
Road tests and driving simulator studies have found that the more weed drivers inhale, the worse they do at essentials such as staying in their lanes, responding to sudden hazards (like a dog running into the street), and multitasking—for example, reading street signs on a twisty road while avoiding oncoming traffic.
It would save money, aid global security and be tough on crime. What could appeal to Conservatives more?
One of Northern Ireland’s most senior drugs workers has said that class A drugs like heroin should be decriminalised, regulated and made available on prescription. Michael Foley is the head of the Belfast Trust’s Drug Outreach Team and has two decades of experience working with drug addicts. “I think the impact of decriminalising, of regulating, of taking this activity out of the hands of organised crime, is the way to improve our society right now,” he said.
More than a decade ago, after several court rulings, the federal government was forced to create regulations allowing people with legitimate needs to possess or grow cannabis for personal medical use without facing criminal charges. Yet it seems Canadians will have to wait longer for a truly workable system that ensures access. Unfortunately, in a ruling issued Feb. 1, the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected the latest constitutional challenge to the current marijuana medical access regulations (MMAR).
Established in 2009, the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy is dedicated to developing and promoting innovative and high quality legal and human rights research and teaching on issues related to drug laws, policy and enforcement.
There are two websites where you can add a gram of heroin to your shopping cart as if you were buying asparagus on Fresh Direct. One belongs to Sigma-Aldrich, the St. Louis chemical company that synthesizes pure opioids for use in laboratory studies. For this you need to be a federally accredited laboratory. The other is Silk Road, the anonymous marketplace where drugs are priced in untraceable Bitcoin currency. For this you just need an internet connection.