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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 January 4, 2012
During a town hall-style appearance in Concord, the former House Speaker said he had no interest in exploring drug decriminalization, arguing that such efforts haven’t worked in Europe.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on July 26, 2011
Download Link: Secret Stash – Register to access Hemp Headlines Brought to you by Cannabis Fantastic President Obama reiterates that he does not support a decrim approach like Portugal New Jersey’s John Ray Wilson, MS sufferer, loses appeals, will serve five years in prison for medical marijuana plants “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine” initiative announced in [...]
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 May 23, 2011
I just have to tell you that I really can’t take seriously studies on claiming success or failure of drug courts when so many people sentenced to rehab by these courts are simply marijuana users who got caught. Sure, you can claim great success in rehabilitating pot smokers when you force them to pee in a cup for a couple of years, because you’re curing people who are neither addicted nor criminal.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on November 4, 2009
(New Scientist) IF THERE is one thing that politicians can and should do to limit the damage caused by illegal drugs, it is to take careful note of the evidence and develop a rational drug policy. Some politicians find it easier to ignore the evidence, and pander to public prejudice instead. I can trace the [...]
Posted in ABNORML NEWS, ACTIVISM, GOVERNMENT, SCIENCE | Tagged advisory council on the misuse of drugs, David Nutt, Decriminalization, Drug Czar, drug policy, George W. Bush, human rights, London, New Scientist, Portugal, President Obama, United Kingdom | 4 Responses
Drug Czar Kerlikowski addresses UN report on success of decriminalization, without mentioning decriminalization
By "Radical" Russ Belville on June 24, 2009
The remarks from our Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on the release of the UN 2009 World Drug Report, which endorsed drug decriminalization in a reversal of previous policy. Guess which 17-letter D-word never gets mentioned once in our “drug czar’s” 781-word statement? Statement of R. Gil Kerlikowske Director, National Drug [...]
Posted in ABNORML NEWS, ACTIVISM, LAW ENFORCEMENT, LEGISLATION | Tagged Director Gil Kerlikowske, drug czar kerlikowski, gil kerlikowske, Obama Administration, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Portugal, United Nations | 8 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 6, 2009
It blows my mind to realize I have people listening to me from all around the world. I just received this email from Spain from an author who has read my post on Portugal’s decriminalization of drugs. I hear you speak lately about Portugal and their cannabis decriminalization But Portugal it’s not better than Spain [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 28, 2009
Download link: Secret Stash – Register to access Hemp Headlines Marijuana Decriminalization Working in Portugal Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to switch from GOP to Dem Florida man helps police charge him with six felonies Florida man arrested for sex and alcohol crimes with up to 20 children free on $25,000 bond Government at Work [...]
By Dudemaster on April 27, 2009
A new Time article entitled, “Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?” examines the practical theory of how decriminalization and use, when applied to a society properly, can have resounding success; and that is exactly what is being praised for the country of Portugal. First, let me explain the Portugal model and put it into perspective. [...]