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  1. This Man Took 140 Drugs and Wrote a Harm Reduction Bible

    We spoke to Dominic Milton Trott about 'The Honest Drugs Book'. What does a person who has taken 140 different drugs look like? I didn't know what to expect before Skyping Dominic Milton Trott, author of The Honest Drugs Book – but really, his appearance shouldn't come as a surprise: a man in his fifties with a round, avuncular face and a warm Mancunian accent. Bald pate with funky ponytail tickling the nape of his neck and a hippy shark's tooth necklace hanging just below his Adam's...
  2. Alison Mau: Kiwi innovation can make us world-leaders in medicinal cannabis

    Ralph Ballinger sounds like such a good bloke, the in real old-school Kiwi sense of the term. A hero in World War II, he was aboard the one ship that survived the Luftwaffe's first major assault, at the Battle of Crete, and was then drafted to the Cambridge Agricultural Institute to help develop plants to feed the British people. He protested that although he had an agricultural degree, he didn't know much about creating seed stock. They just told him to get on with it, and that he did....
  3. If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

    When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to abstain from drug use is tantamount to mandating a medical outcome — because addiction is a brain disease, and relapsing is a symptom of it. Ms. Eldred’s case, now before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, has the...
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    Editorial Microsoft researches & bans drug talk from Skype, Outlook, Office and all other services.

    Microsoft has update its terms of use to ban illegal activity, inappropriate content, harmful activity, offensive language on its services and software. Microsoft reserves the right to review your content. This seems to effectively ban content and talk about drugs on its services. The following services certainly fall under the new policy: Skype, Outlook.com & Hotmail, Office 365, MS Office, XBox, Bing, MSN, Cortana, OneDrive. It is unclear if Windows 10 itself falls under this service...
  5. Settling lawsuits has become a normal business cost for the pharmaceutical industry

    This is a (totally fictional) story about a man called John. John lived in a house with a hedge, but he had recently gotten himself a pet dog. Unfortunately for John hedges aren’t very effective at keeping dogs from getting loose and running around the neighbourhood. John being the enterprising man that he is called a company that manufactures fences and asked if they had any fences suitable for keeping his dog on the property. “Yes, we can definitely help you out with that sir. Our...
  6. This is one of the most racist remarks a contemporary politician has made about drug policy

    Rarely is racism by a politician so explicit. Asked about marijuana legalization over the weekend at a legislative coffee event, a Kansas lawmaker, Republican state Rep. Steve Alford, gave a shocking response: “What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s and when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas [and] across the United States. What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why — I hate to say it — it’s the African Americans, they were basically users and they...
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