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Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

The Influence | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
The Influence

Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time -- like alcohol and cigarettes. Not at all.

We Are All Drug Users

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

Drugs are a part of life, but the way we talk about drugs in our society is hugely problematic. We make distinctions based on a drug's legal status, and most people never question why only certain drugs are illegal.

Our National Night of Conversation

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

I am asking every family to have a conversation at their dinner table. This conversation could save lives. Lately I've been speaking to people who are asking for help with another problem that many are too embarrassed, or ashamed, to discuss. This public health crisis now kills more Americans than guns, falls, or even car accidents.

Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.

Man Sentenced After Throwing $60,000 Worth Of Meth Off Honolulu High-Rise

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 05.09.2015 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) - While federal agents with a warrant were knocking on a door to a luxury Honolulu apartment on a December morning in 2012, agents watch...

6 Tons Of Pot Worth Nearly $6.2 Million Seized Along Border

AP | Posted 03.12.2015 | Crime

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have found more than six tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that tried to cross into the United States from Mexic...

Ireland Just Accidentally Legalized Crystal Meth And Ecstasy

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.12.2015 | World

Thanks to an inadvertent legal loophole, Ireland has just temporarily legalized the possession of a number of drugs including ecstasy, crystal meth an...

The World's Favorite Drug Is More Dangerous Than You Think, UN Says

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

As the world is watching the impact of marijuana legalization measures in Uruguay and several American states, the United Nations warns that the wides...

France Won't Count Heroin And Prostitution In Its GDP

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business

PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) - France will not implement new European Union rules allowing member countries to adjust their national economic output fig...

Why We Must Stop Pretending Pot Is A Harmless Elixir

Michael Mulligan | Posted 08.03.2014 | Fifty
Michael Mulligan

For some teens, the world of intoxicants is inviting because it gives them a group to belong to. Alienated or rejected by others, feel like you don't belong? Start drugging and drinking and there's a peer group that out there that will, however unhealthily, embrace you.

Is the Destructive Drug War Being Brought to an End?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

An awakening is occurring, the U.S. is finally getting on the right path, people need to take advantage of the opportunity and push now to end the drug war.

Sex And Drugs Add $16.7 Billion To Britain's Economy

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business

By David Milliken LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) - They already know what rock'n'roll is worth, so now Britain's statisticians are getting ...

'Reefer Madness' Redux?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

We seem to go a little nuts over weed -- I don't know why. And I'm afraid we're going to be reading lots of scary stories about it as more and more states make it legal.

Could People Who Use Illegal Drugs Be Trusted Not to Lose Control if the Law Was Changed?

Adam Winstock | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Adam Winstock

As evidence mounts and coherent arguments call for a revision of existing drug laws, GDS2014 posed a few hypothetical questions to assess what the impact of reduced penalties for the possession of small amounts of drugs might be on drug use and related behaviors.

Matt Ferner

These 'Bitcoins For Marijuana' Try To Solve Legal Weed's Big Heist Problem | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.21.2014 | Technology

Bitcoin isn't the only digital currency changing the way we pay for things. Two new cryptocurrencies aimed at allowing people to safely buy drugs -- l...

West Virginia Governor's Brother Faces Drug Charge

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's brother is facing a federal drug distribution charge. A federal information charges ...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Gritty Photo Essay Captures Crack Addiction

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Nearly 12 years ago, Sage Gallon was just getting clean after a decade of smoking crack. He's now reliving those days of substance abuse but this time as a photographer.

Illegal Drugs and Science: The Forgotten Link

Brian Min | Posted 02.03.2014 | Teen
Brian Min

Currently, at least 125 million people use marijuana, 14 million people use amphetamines, 12 million people use opioids, and 14 million people use cocaine. Illegal drugs have a plethora of negative impacts.

Three More Synthetic Compounds Are Added to the Controlled Substances Act

The 420 Times | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The Food and Drug Administration hasn't sanctioned these particular synthetic drugs for human consumption, not to mention they haven't been approved for any medical uses.

Taipei Seizes $300 MILLION In Heroin

China Post | Lauly Li | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Taipei (The China Post/ANN) -The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office yesterday morning busted Taiwan's ...

Molly Overdoses Troubles Northeastern Colleges

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.06.2013 | College

College officials in the northeast are greeting returning students with a warning after multiple deaths due to overdoses of Molly, a powder form of MD...

What Tobacco Tax Advocates Can Learn From American Drug Policy

Keith Humphreys | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Keith Humphreys

Among my colleagues in the public health and addiction fields, I am nearly alone in disliking President Obama's proposed doubling of federal cigarette taxes. My reservations stem from the hard lessons of America's policy towards illegal drugs.

Honorable Death, Misguided Policy

Stephen Downing | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Stephen Downing

When I think of the destruction wrought by the war on drugs, I think of the many police officers killed in the line of duty attempting to enforce our ...

PHOTOS: Iran Burns 100 Tons Of Drugs In Annual Ceremony

AP | Posted 06.26.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs Wednesday, some in a Tehran ceremony attended by officials and foreign dignitaries, to ...

Really, Is Marijuana Use OK?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Arzu Kaya Uranli

*That [marijuana] is not a drug. It's a leaf." Arnold Schwarzenegger A few months ago, a very close friend of mine called me in tears. She said polic...