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By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 8, 2012
If your strategy to legalize the use of plant cannabis by all people for any reason is to preach “All use is medical/wellness”, cannabinoid pharmaceuticals is where you’ll end up. There exists a paradigm for the medical / wellness use of substances, and it lies in the realm of doctors and pharmacists and prescriptions and manufactured drugs. However, there also exists a paradigm for the recreational use of substances, and it lies in the realm of taverns and bartenders and DUI laws and ID checks and home brewing.
Posted in SCIENCE | Tagged All Use is Medical, Austria, belgium, Big Pharma, british, Canada, cannabidiol, CBD, Czech Republic, Denmark, Europe, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Marinol, medical marijuana, multiple sclerosis, netherlands, New Zealand, pharmaceuticals, Poland, Portugal, Sativex, Spain, sweden, synthetic THC, The Netherlands, UK, Wellness | 23 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on June 2, 2011
The former world leaders recommend that we stop “the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others.” They point out that “models of legal regulation of drugs” should be instituted by governments to reduce the power of organized crime and protect the health of citizens and that this “applies especially to cannabis.” They explain that a realistic government drug policy would avoid “simplistic ‘just say no’ messages and ‘zero tolerance’ policies in favor of educational efforts”.
Posted in ACTIVISM, ENTERTAINMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, LEGISLATION | Tagged Brazil, California, Canada, CASA, Colombia, Decriminalization, Drug Czar, DRUG WAR, Ernesto Zedillo, Europe, European Union, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, France, Germany, gil kerlikowske, Greece, Jamaica, Latin America, Legalization, legalization of marijuana, Los Angeles Times, marijuana legalization, NORML, NPR, NSDUH, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, SAMHSA, schedule i, Secretary of State, Spain, Switzerland, United Nations, Vicente Fox, war on drugs, World | 5 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 4, 2010
Fact 1: We have made significant progress in fighting drug use and drug trafficking in America. Now is not the time to abandon our efforts.
The Legalization Lobby claims that the fight against drugs cannot be won. However, overall drug use is down by more than a third in the last twenty years, while cocaine use has dropped by an astounding 70 percent. Ninety-five percent of Americans do not use drugs. This is success by any standards.
Posted in ABNORML NEWS, ACTIVISM, FAMILIES, GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, LEGISLATION, SCIENCE, SOCIETY | Tagged addiction, Alaska, Allen St. Pierre, american medical association, asset forfeiture, California, cocaine, David Letterman, DEA, Drug Czar, drug enforcement administration, drug legalization, Drugged Driving, drunk driving, EMCDDA, Europe, gateway theory, inhalants, Legalization, Marijuana Unicorns, Marinol, NSDUH, ONDCP, SAMHSA, schedule i, schedule ii, schedule iii, TaxCannabis2010, The Netherlands, tobacco, West Coast | 12 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on November 5, 2009
AMSTERDAM, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The Dutch are among the lowest users of marijuana or cannabis in Europe despite the Netherlands’ well-known tolerance of the drug, according to a regional study published on Thursday. Among adults in the Netherlands, 5.4 percent used cannabis, compared with the European average of 6.8 percent, according to an annual [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on March 26, 2009
Rick Steves is the internationally-known travel writer who’s famous for his “Guide to Europe” series. He is also a longtime advisory board member of NORML. Following is the letter he has composed to every legislator in his home state of Washington to support marijuana decriminalization: Dear Legislator, I’d like to offer my view on SB [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on June 26, 2008
Report Clears the Air on European Marijuana Use | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 26.06.2008 Cannabis is the drug of choice in Europe, with 13 million people lighting up each month. A new report by Europe’s drug agency EMCDDA aims to debunk misconceptions that persist about the drug. Twenty percent of European adults have tried [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on March 26, 2008
Travel author and TV host Rick Steves posted this column in Seattle’s largest newspaper. He’s also a member of the NORML Advisory Board. You can also listen to my interview with Rick Steves at the 2007 NORML Conference where he cited many of these same points: We need to get smart about marijuana Europe, like [...]
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