USA: Government Sponsored Enabling & Equipping of Fentanyl Use??

Fentanyl Use Is Empowering?

By Kevin Sabet, June 29, 2022

New York City’s Health Department delivers a deadly message.

The New York City Health Department’s “Let’s Talk Fentanyl” campaign made headlines for placing posters that promoted illegal drug use: “Don’t be ashamed you are using, be empowered that you are using safely.” Amid an unprecedented overdose crisis, public-health officials should acknowledge the impossibility of “using safely.” Treatment with the goal of full recovery is the way to prevent overdoses.

The posters’ message is right in one respect: Users shouldn’t be shamed for having a substance-use disorder. Negative perceptions of addiction too often discourage people from seeking help and result in preventable deaths. But asserting that drugs empower users desensitizes the public to the real harms of drug use. Lower risk perceptions will result in more casual experimentation. The desensitization and normalization of drug use will inevitably result in more overdoses.

For complete article Fentanyl Use Is Empowering? – WSJ

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Fentanyl Use Is Empowering_ – WSJ

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UK: ‘Medicinal Cannabis’ and Prescribing Push! Science Matters!

‘Opinion One’: Medical cannabis: Allow GPs to prescribe as part of national trial, review urges    (BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1567 Published 27 June 2022)

GPs should be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis as part of a national trial, recommends a review of policy in the legal cannabinoid sector.1

The review by Christopher Hodges, emeritus professor of justice systems at the Centre for Socio-legal Studies at the University of Oxford, calls for a new regulatory framework for the sector to “turbocharge UK cannabinoid innovation.”

He said, “It is no longer wise or sustainable for the government to continue to take a distanced, disinterested, or laissez faire attitude to the sector as a whole, as it has done since the cannabis sector’s inception.”

The report, commissioned by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis and the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry, says that in the area of consumer cannabinoids and CBD there has been too little regulation and that tighter rules are needed to safeguard the consumer and build up public trust. But in the area of medical cannabis it argues that regulations are too onerous and restrictive in some areas and too lax or entirely absent in others.

The review makes 20 recommendations, including calling on the government to set up a single steward authority to govern and guide the entire sector, at arm’s length from ministers.

It also calls for the creation of a national patient registry for all cannabis based medicines prescribed in the UK so that real world evidence can be built up. It also calls for a single formulary to provide doctors with an up-to-date list of cannabis based medicines.

A survey of 1500 people given in the report found that two thirds believe GPs should be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis. And 63% of respondents would be supportive if a family member was taking medicinal cannabis to dealt with a health condition, with only 8% saying they would be somewhat or very opposed to it.

‘Opinion Two”: Why that is a Bad Idea! A Professor Responds.

I note the recent article by a legal academic on streamlining cannabis regulation and making the proposed new body “independent of ministers.”  Unsurprisingly this report was paid for by the cannabis industry almost certainly including with dollars from notorious USA philanthropists, and was written by a legal academic.

The report failed to mention recent major studies linking cannabis with 44 congenital anomalies in USA 1 including limblessness 2.  Just like thalidomide.

 

The report failed to mention recent major studies linking cannabis with 89 congenital anomalies in Europe 3.  The signal for limblessness in Europe is even stronger than that in USA 4.

The report failed to mention recent major studies linking cannabis with many cancers in USA 5-7.

The report failed to mention recent major studies linking cannabis with many cancers in Europe 3.

The report failed to mention that cannabis is the primary driver of the exponentially rising autism epidemic in USA 8.

Not mentioned was the 30% rise in cellular aging just documented by the most modern epigenomic age estimators available 9.  Cannabis has a heavy epigenetic footprint – which means it is endangering at least the next four generations 10-12.

It has been shown that 59% of the human genome is directly involved in cannabis genotoxicity 13.  Exponential effects are not only seen routinely in the laboratory but have now been observed epidemiologically in patterns of population ill health 14.  Probably all cannabinoids are involved including cannabidiol and Δ8THC 1 5-7 15-17.

Alone, each of these lines of evidence is a deal breaker.

Together these three strands of evidence – cannabinoid teratogenicity, cannabinoid carcinogenicity and cannabinoid accelerated aging – are rock solid proof of highly clinically significant cannabinoid-induced genotoxicity far exceeding that from tobacco and alcohol combined 1 3.

This evidence has now been formally presented to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Drug Abuse.  At the time of writing their report is awaited.

San Francisco Bay has been called “the most invaded marine system on the planet” 18.  The California Water Board acknowledges and attempts to regulate the quality of water effluent from cannabis farms 19.  This clearly points to major contamination of the water table and marine ecology and environment by weed growers.  Unsurprisingly northern California is host to not only tens of thousands of cannabis farms but is also a hot spot for autism and gastroschisis 20.

In the same way large cannabis farms in France obviously contaminate the French water table and are probably used as cattle feed.  In these areas cows are born without legs and the rate of human babies born without limbs is 60 times above background 21-23.  A similar thing appears to be operating in Melbourne, Australia which leads the world in both amelia (no limbs) and phocomelia (flipper limbs) and has long been surrounded by cannabis farms 24 25.

Public health is too important to entrust it to commercial growers of weed.  Ignorance is too costly to endanger public health.

Not since 1957 has a known genotoxin been marketed for profit.  That drug was thalidomide.  Thalidomide is the reason we have the modern drug regulatory system.  Those who will not learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them.  The UK made that dreadful mistake 65 years ago with thalidomide.  It need not do so again.

The cannabis industry must be held to account internationally in the same way that Distillers was held to account globally for thalidomide.  Except the fallout from weed is so much worse.  Thalidomide caused 33 birth defects – cannabis 89.  Thalidomide affected the exposed generation.  Cannabis epigenotoxicity is at least multigenerational.  And cannabis is obviously dynamite for brain development in adolescents, infants and babies in utero.  Genotoxicity is not an acceptable or exportable public health program.

United Kingdom can and should lead the way and sound the trumpet clarion-like across Europe the epidemiology of whose multiple devastating and profoundly indicting congenital anomaly epidemics is presently being increasingly exposed for all the world to see in high ranking medical journals 8.

Professor A.S. Reece

References

 

  1. Reece AS, Hulse GK. Geotemporospatial and causal inference epidemiological analysis of US survey and overview of cannabis, cannabidiol and cannabinoid genotoxicity in relation to congenital anomalies 2001–2015. BMC Pediatrics 2022;22(1):47-124. doi: 10.1186/s12887-021-02996-3
  2. Reece AS, Hulse GK. Epidemiological association of cannabinoid- and drug- exposures and sociodemographic factors with limb reduction defects across USA 1989–2016: A geotemporospatial study. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 2022;41:100480-90. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sste.2022.100480
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Canada: This is NOT Health Care – Promoting Addiction by Any Other Name

Rethinking Canada’s misguided ideological approach to the opioid epidemic: Jeremy Eckert Devine for Inside Policy

Decriminalization should be one part of a centralized and comprehensive national drug strategy aimed at freeing the drug user from addiction.

On May 31, 2022, Federal Minister of Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, announced that British Columbia will decriminalize the possession of “hard” drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. Drug users found in possession of less than a cumulative 2.5 grams of substances will be released without an arrest or criminal charges and will maintain possession of their substances.

The announcement was viewed as a victory for progressive drug policy reformers who have long argued that drug addiction should be addressed as a matter of public health rather than of criminal justice. Yet these developments should be of concern to Canadians. Decriminalization, as currently proposed, is proceeding in an ideologically narrow manner that risks worsening the nation’s opioid crisis.

Critical flaws are revealed in Canada’s approach to decriminalization when compared with Portugal – a nation which decriminalized drug use in 2001 in response to its own opioid epidemic. In Portugal, drug use remains illegal.

Portugal’s approach is compassionate yet realistic. While rightly identifying that the drug user needs treatment, not jail, the system acknowledges that, when dealing with the wickedly coercive power of drug addiction, sometimes, as said by Dr. Goulão, an element of “muscle” is needed to get the individual well.

Decriminalization was one part of a centralized and comprehensive national drug strategy. It was successful because Portugal ultimately maintained a prohibitive system that explicitly recognizes the personal and social harms of drug use.

This is in stark contrast to “decriminalization” as it is unfolding in British Columbia.

The federal government is decriminalizing drug use in BC not as part of a comprehensive strategy to address drug use, but to meet the demands of an ideologically driven agenda crafted by vocal anti-prohibition drug user activist groups.

The Canadian Association of People who use Drugs (CAPUD) and the Vancouver Association Network of Drug Users (VANDU) both appear to deny that drug use is intrinsically harmful. Rather, they imply it is the barriers created by prohibition that makes drug use dangerous.

This idea is broadly articulated by Jordan Westfall, co-founder of CAPUD, when he states, “I’m not recovering from drug addiction; I’m recovering from bad drug policy.” Another CAPUD member, Ashley Smoke states, “The drug use itself is not necessarily the issue … The social structure of our society is to blame for problematic drug use.”

However, it is far from self-evident that drug-related harm is largely the result of “social structure.”

Fundamentally, this is a belief that stems from a utopian vision of safe and harm-free drug use in the setting of addiction. It ignores both the intrinsic vicious mechanics of addiction (which by its nature features gradual tolerance and uncontrollable escalation of use) as well as many drug users and their families’ sincere desire to be free of addiction.

Following this faulty logic, these parties have agitated for drug policy reforms that, unlike Portugal, only “dismantle” structural barriers against drug use while making no serious attempt at treating addiction.

To this end, the Canadian government has focused almost unilaterally on implementing increasingly extreme “harm reduction” measures, which some view as a corrective to the prohibitionist status quo. Most alarming of all, the federal government appears to be pinning its hopes on the experimental and dangerous practice of “safe supply” in which highly potent medical grade opioids are distributed directly to those with a severe opioid addiction.

First articulated in 2017 in the BC Overdose Action Exchange II Meeting, a document that was written in partnership with VANDU, CAPUD, and other activist organizations, safe supply has been embraced by the federal government and appears to be their primary strategy to address the opioid epidemic.

Commenting on safe supply, Dr. Bennett believes we can “regulate” the active drug user. During the recent announcement regarding decriminalization in BC, she explained her reasoning: “We want to make sure that there is a regulated supply of drugs, regulated production, regulated distribution, and regulated consumption, and that’s how we’re going to save the lives.”

Yet, Dr. Bennett’s idea that we can “regulate” the drug user in the setting of severe opioid addiction is unproven and highly questionable. The increasing popularity of safe supply reflects the extent to which Canada’s response to the epidemic has been subservient to antiprohibition drug ideology.

This is even more apparent when scrutinizing how the government trials and evaluates these proposed interventions.

Often, activist-researchers are granted generous funding to evaluate their own proposed policy changes. The results are invariably positive and are then taken as clear-cut “evidence” that their intervention is successful and should continue.

However, there is no convincing evidence that the government’s strategy thus far has been successful. Despite the creation of nearly 40 supervised injection sites and the increasing availability of safe supply, opioid overdose deaths have continued to rise. In British Columbia, over 2200 individuals died in 2021 alone – the province’s worst year on record.

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart has said that “[decriminalization] marks a fundamental rethinking of drug policy that favors healthcare over handcuffs.” This is only true if decriminalization is a step towards freeing the drug user from addiction. The mental handcuffs of addiction are as crippling as physical ones. It is time to rethink Canada’s misguided ideological approach to the opioid epidemic.

Jeremy Devine is a psychiatry resident at McMaster University.

For complete article https://macdonaldlaurier.ca/rethinking-canadas-misguided-ideological-approach-to-the-opioid-epidemic-jeremy-eckert-devine-for-inside-policy/

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USA: Welcome to the Insanity That is Drug Liberalization!

Oregon’s drug decriminalization effort a ‘tragedy’

Dan Springer Thu, June 16, 2022

The streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, resemble an open-air drug market.

Heroin, meth and fentanyl use is rampant and often visible on city streets. Portland police officers drive by homeless addicts buying and using.

The signs of drug addiction are actually increasing throughout the state, according to law enforcement sources. Oregon ranks second-highest among U.S. states for substance abuse with nearly one in five adults addicted.

In November 2020, voters overwhelmingly passed Measure 110. The Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act secured 58% of the votes and decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs such as heroin, meth, cocaine and fentanyl.

The new law made possession of those substances no more than a Class E violation, the equivalent of a traffic ticket punishable by a maximum $100 fine. But the fine is dismissed when someone who is fined calls a help hotline, Lines for Life, and completes a health assessment. The idea is to connect drug abusers with services and treatment instead of putting them behind bars.

Sixteen months into this first-in-the-nation experiment, the numbers paint a bleak picture. Drug overdose deaths hit an all-time high in 2021 with 1069, a 41% increase from 2020. And very few people are getting into treatment. According to The Lund Report, after one year, just 136 people had entered treatment, less than 1% of those helped by Measure 110. But the actual number may be even lower.

David Murray is a senior fellow in the Hudson Institute who advised drug czars in two different presidential administrations.

“It is predictable, was predicted and now, unfortunately, is coming to pass in front of our eyes,” said Murray, “It is a tragedy and a self-inflicted wound.”

The Oregon Judicial Department reports that, through the end of May, police throughout the state had written 2,576 tickets for drug possession since Measure 110 was enacted. Seventy-five percent of the tickets resulted in convictions, the vast majority because the offender never showed up in court.

For complete article Oregon’s drug decriminalization effort a ‘tragedy’

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Marijuana Tax Haul? Another Broken Promise of the Addiction for Profit Pot Promotors

Cannabis tax used to expunge criminal records

Cannabis tax has not delivered on funding addiction treatment! Not only has that promised been broken, but more concerningly, some of the ‘revenues’ have been used to expunge criminal records. One California grant will cover about 500 expungements and help cover the costs of a paralegal and interns.

Cannabis tax used to expunge criminal records

Cannabis tax has not delivered on funding addiction treatment – but it has been used to expunge criminal records. One California grant will cover about 500 expungements and help cover the costs of a paralegal and interns.

Promises and pitfalls of cannabis taxes

“No one knows the best way to tax either medical or recreational cannabis,” explains Professor Beau Kilmer of  RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

Cannabis taxes – money spinner or smoke and mirrors?

Channel 4 finds that “we don’t know exactly how much could be saved or spent on the social costs, or on justice costs, or even whether regulating cannabis affects alcohol and tobacco consumption. But there’s a bigger problem over whether the figures

So-called ‘government’ report on cannabis tax revenue

Newsnight and some of the media referred to “government” report claiming £millions would be earned by legalising drugs – but the report was headed by legalisation campaigner Nick Clegg and based on ISER paper funded by George Soros.

Taxes on cannabis, gambling are unreliable

As Oklahoma prepares to collect taxes on marijuana, a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts urges caution when relying too much on that money. Its latest report highlights the history of “sin taxes,” or revenue collected from things like marijuana,

Claim: legalising cannabis could boost Irish tax revenues by millions

US entrepreneur claims pharmaceutical industry against drug legalisation even though Big Pharma/Big Pot plans cannabis products. Perhaps he read the Big Tobacco/Big Pot book on post-truth rules? Has he not heard about Colorado’s revenue deficit, amid the rising problems of legalisation?

Increase in cannabis consumption likely if decriminalised in Australia

Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre found that an estimated 4.2% of the population aged 14 and over, who have never tried cannabis before, would try it if use of the drug were legal. No surprise: legalisers have lauded

IASIC: International Association on the Science and Impact of Cannabis

Based scientific evidence, IASIC concludes that “the public health effects of high potency cannabis are harmful. These growing negative impacts further strain health care and addiction treatment resources to the extent that they far surpass taxation revenues”.

Cannabis firm with only £6,000 assets was handed £33million for PPE

The Department of Health and Social Care gave 2 contracts worth £33million of hardworking taxpayers’ money to CannaGrow Biosciences despite the company’s accounts showing it has only £6,000 in net assets.

Anger as Gavin and Stacey show pushes misconception that cannabis is OK

Lord Nicholas Monson, whose son killed himself after becoming hooked on cannabis, claims BBC is trivialising psychoactive drug dangers in Christmas comedy – using taxpayers’ money. See also: Peter Hitchens on The secret BBC ad for cannabis.

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Scotland: Addiction Recovery Hope from a Oft Forgotten Sector

Scottish churches and Christian groups helped over 2,000 individuals recover from drug addiction, new report shows

07 Jun 2022, by Alex Collett

The Evangelical Alliance together with Serve Scotland have published a new report highlighting how Christians and Churches have been tackling drug addiction across Scotland.

The groups will present the report to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

‘Stories of Hope: addiction recovery’ shows the extraordinary efforts made by Christians in Scotland to assist and care for those in addiction.

With the Scottish Government introducing new policy and funding initiatives to tackle the addiction crisis, the Evangelical Alliance is seeking to promote Christians as an integral force in directing government policy through addiction response services

Within the past decade, over 2,300 individuals have been directly treated and successfully recovered from their addiction through services offered by Christian groups and churches across Scotland.

Fred Drummond, Scottish director from the Evangelical Alliance told Premier Christian News…”Death by addiction, particularly drugs in Scotland is particularly high, probably the highest percentage wise of population in Europe…So, it’s a real challenge for society in Scotland and one that government has been trying to look at.”

“But what we wanted to show was just on the ground, in organisations and churches, community by community, Christians are actively trying to meet the biggest needs of society, believing that light can shine in the darkest places for people.”

The Evangelical Alliance and Serve Scotland noted the high percentage of residential beds for addiction patients offered by Christian groups is 121 out of 418.

Drummond went on to encourage Christians to pray for people who might be struggling with drug addiction, he said: “We’re praying that people feel that there is hope to that they’re connected with or find people offer love and support.

“Also that the light of the power of Jesus can actually break chains, transform people, and see in every community across the UK, lives moving from addiction to recovery, and lives going forward with a sense of purpose and identity and hope.”

For help or advice regarding drug addiction visit: www.talktofrank.com

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Marijuana Legalization was always going to be a Failed Experiment – The evidence just keeps mounting!

Three Large Studies Released This Weekend Prove Marijuana Legalization Is Failing, Poses Danger to Americans

  • Study 1: Largest-Ever Commercial Marijuana Study Reveals Widespread Mislabeling Issues Among State-Legal Products
  • Study 2: Marijuana associated with significantly increased risk for many health conditions, especially behavioral health and HIV
  • Study 3: Marijuana vaping, especially very frequent use, on rise among U.S. adolescents; highly associated with other drug use

This past weekend, three large studies by different researchers revealed major issues with the U.S. marijuana industry.

First, in the most extensive study of commercial marijuana products ever conducted, researchers analyzed over 90,000 samples from over six legal states and found widespread mislabeling issues regarding the psychoactive contents of myriad products.

“The prevailing labeling system is not an effective or safe way to provide information about these products,” University of Colorado information sciences professor and study author Brian Keegan remarked in a press release. “[The current labeling of marijuana products] is a profound disservice to consumers. It is a cause for concern.”

The second study looked at over a million emergency room encounters and found marijuana patients had higher odds of most medical and behavioral diagnoses, especially in the use of other substances, mental health disorders, social anxiety disorder, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, depression, and bipolar disorder.

The third study highlighted the rapidly increasing prevalence of adolescent vaping use.

“Heavy and frequent use of cannabis is increasing among U.S. adolescents, and vaped systems for products for both cannabis and nicotine are growing in number so understanding the prevalence and patterns of frequent cannabis vaping is important public health information for prevention,” said Katherine Keyes, PhD, professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School. “Given rising concerns about cannabis vaping in terms of safety, and potential for transition to cannabis use disorder especially at frequent levels of use, these results indicate a necessity for public health intervention and increased regulation.”

“These studies show Big Marijuana is only concerned with profits–not safety,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president and co-founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “States like Colorado have had a decade to prove that the legal marijuana industry can successfully regulate their products. With this new data, we see that regulation is a farce. Marijuana use is dangerous, and we need a national campaign  to discourage its use, not the shameless promotion currently sanctioned by state governments and regulators alike.”

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates around the world and in virtually every US state.

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Global: #420 and the Continuing Cannabis Chaos – ‘Celebrating Stoned’?

And Celebrating Decline!

Brace Yourself For 420
A Macabre Celebration of Inebriation

Many people know that “420” relates to marijuana but most don’t know why.  There’s no concrete proof of 420’s history, as it’s been lost in the mental fog of time and the poor memory of pot users. However, the most common story traces back to San Rafael High School, located just north of San Francisco. In the early ’70s, a small group of students started a new routine. During the school day, they’d utter their secret phase, “420” indicating that they’d be gathering to light up after school at 4:20 pm and celebrate surviving the school day.

There is certainly no reason to celebrate drug culture, addiction, and especially teen drug use. Those who use the term “420” are giving legitimacy to an illicit industry encouraging drug use among all age groups to alter one’s mental state. Since marijuana use tends to arrest mental development the connection of “420” to a group of immature teens shouldn’t be disregarded.

420 has grown up since those early days of illicit teen pot use. The rampant teen drug use remains but it is now a corporate-sponsored national event. Multi-million dollar investors and entrepreneurs have gotten in on the “fun.” 420 is now a national ad for the billion-dollar marijuana industry. Free press is given to the events and their products. Car crashes soar during 420 meaning innocent bystanders also become part of the “celebration.”

The celebration is especially hollow when the broken promises and lies of marijuana legalization are brought to bear. Marijuana legalization has been terrible for social justice. The black market for weed is stronger than ever. Teen use of marijuana is increasing thanks to marijuana legalization. Are these things to celebrate?

The pot users at these events may have a good time but the people with a real reason to celebrate are the Cannabis CEOs, Investors that pull in record profits through the use, abuse, and addictive quality of the product they peddle. Politicians and legislatures aren’t being left out in this cannabis cash grab and many have now had ties to the industry and would benefit financially from its propagation. These are the true winners of legalization. Is this something to celebrate?

Or perhaps the real point of the holiday is just to get high and forget the problems the very product you are consuming is causing. While Cannabis Corporate America and pro-pot pundits and politicians celebrate, it is up to the actual adults to recognize the danger such a holiday presents to the country and what message it sends.

10 Days to 420 Archive

Day 1 Legalization is Worse Than A Failure
Day 2 Federal Education on Marijuana Has Been Virtually Non-Existent
Day 3 Marijuana and Mass Murder
Day 4 Marijuana is Not Medicine
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ay 5 Marijuana Legalization Harms Teens
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ay 6 Marijuana is an Environmental Polluter
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ay 7 The Myth of Mass Marijuana Incarceration
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ay 8 Marijuana Legalization is Social Abuse. Not Social Justice
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ay 9 Cannabis and Cronyism
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ay 10 Legalization Increases DUI, Poisonings, Workplace Injuries, and More

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USA: Decriminalization – Alert! ‘Savings’ Vs Hidden Costs Not Yet Calculated?

Mixed results for Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters approved a ballot measure in 2020 to decriminalize hard drugs after being told it was a way to establish and fund addiction recovery centers that would offer people aid instead of incarceration.

Yet in the first year after the new approach took effect in February 2021, only 1% of people who received citations for possessing controlled substances asked for help via a new hotline.

With Oregon being the first state in America to decriminalize possession of personal-use amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other drugs, its program is being watched as a potential model for other states.

Some are questioning whether the approach is proving too lenient, but others say the new system has already had a positive impact by redirecting millions of dollars into facilities to help those with drug dependency issues. The funds come from taxes generated by Oregon’s legal marijuana industry and savings from reductions in arrests, jail time and probation supervision.

Under Ballot Measure 110, possession of controlled substances is now a newly created Class E “violation,” instead of a felony or misdemeanor. It carries a maximum $100 fine, which can be waived if the person calls a hotline for a health assessment. The call can lead to addiction counseling and other services.

But out of roughly 2,000 citations issued by police in the year after decriminalization took effect, only 92 of the people who received them called the hotline by mid-February. And only 19 requested resources for services, said William Nunemann of Lines for Life, which runs the hotline.

Almost half of those who got citations failed to show up in court.

Mixed results for Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization

Commentary: It’s vital to note that perceived permission models, a lack of an already ‘toothless’ enforcement, and the ever increasing ‘normalization’ of drug use this experiment all brings, will have more serious health, community and fiscal harms coalesce around this mess not only now but mounting into the future.

No only do these ‘permission models’ invite more unwitting or wilfully ignorant customers into the pool of the self harming, it’s  the inevitable dependency these psychotropic toxins invariably create that ensures ever increasing chronic health harms – way into the future. The next generation will be paying not only a financial price, but an overall community diminishing price that actually smacks of a complete disregard for the hapless drug user and those closest to them.

What is as concerning is that this is now the ‘default’ mode for so called best-practice.

‘Progress’ has never looked so dystopian. However, the social engineers steering this train-wreck are largely the ones who don’t have this chaos in their home or community.

Other resources

What Lessons Can We Learn from Portugal?

Portugal Drug Policy: A Review of the Evidence

Team @ Dont Legalize Drugs

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Global: Cannabis & Childhood Cancer

Listen to Podcast with Professor A.S. REECE on extensive seminal evidence-based peer-reviewed research on the genotoxicity of Cannabis and the intergenerational impact

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April 3, 2022 “Cannabis & Childhood Cancer” – Dr. Stuart Reece 

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