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    Russia, believing U.S. efforts are failing, is stepping up its war on drug trafficking. On December 11, 2017, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized NATO’s efforts to combat drug trafficking in Afghanistan. In a press conference in...
  1. Russia's Anti-Drug Crusade in Afghanistan

    Russia, believing U.S. efforts are failing, is stepping up its war on drug trafficking. On December 11, 2017, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized NATO’s efforts to combat drug trafficking in Afghanistan. In a press conference in New Delhi, Lavrov claimed that Afghanistan’s rampant narcotics trade fuels terrorism in Central and South Asia. Lavrov also urged the West to end the “double standards” that undercut NATO’s drug enforcement policies in Afghanistan. Even though Russian...
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    Norway Has Decriminalized Drug Use

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  3. Why FDA regulations limiting e-cigarette marketing may cost lives and violate the Constitution

    Earlier this year, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the FDA would reevaluate and reorient its tobacco policies. Recognizing that the primary health threat from tobacco products comes not from nicotine, but from combustion, Gottlieb noted the role that “less harmful tobacco products” could play in reducing the death toll from cigarettes. He elaborated on the FDA’s new approach in an article for the New England Journal of Medicine. Gottlieb’s comments...
  4. Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Companies to Open Bank Accounts

    State and local officials in places that recently legalized marijuana are bracing for the arrival of a sector that largely runs on cash. They’re anxiously envisioning burglars targeting dispensaries and business owners showing up at tax offices with duffel bags full of money. But the marijuana industry’s banking problems may be more manageable than many officials realize. Just ask Washington state, which last year successfully pushed almost all legal marijuana businesses to open bank...
  5. Trump’s big opioid emergency speech is an exercise in fluff, misdirection, and deceit

    Beyond the fanfare, the president's song and dance routine is a disingenuous mess. Like the rash of executive orders he signed in the early months of his administration, President Donald Trump’s Thursday address declaring a national public health emergency to help fight deaths linked to opioids was long on performance and short on substance. The failure to invest new funding in the project and the vague promise that more policy specifics will be revealed in the coming weeks are symptomatic...
  6. New Zealand: Greens have been promised a referendum on personal cannabis use in coalition deal

    Image: Grant Matthews, STUFF An internal party email has revealed a raft of policy concessions for the Greens in Government, including a referendum on the full legalisation of the personal use of cannabis. The Labour Party also appears to have promised a major increase in the Conservation budget, massive bumps to funding across social issues and an overhaul of the welfare system - a policy former co-leader Metiria Turei bet on and lost her job over. In the email to members, it was also...
  7. Healthcare debate continues as Trump considers executive order.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Guess what? Turns out Republicans have the votes to push health care legislation through the Senate, but they've been flummoxed because one supportive senator is in the hospital. That was President Donald Trump's view of where things stand Wednesday on Capitol Hill. And it's not true. Trump made the remarks a day after Senate GOP leaders discarded their drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They lacked the votes to succeed, a not-so-minor snag...
  8. Basically the entire Health Care system hates the new Obamacare repeal bill

    The latest Senate Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact sweeping reforms to the American health care system has generated intense opposition from the very health care providers, patient groups and insurance companies that would be forced to adapt to the changes envisioned by the legislation. The bill, sponsored by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would undo most of the Affordable Care Act and radically refashion the Medicaid...
  9. Bernie's Healthcare bill is just the beginning of a long crusade.

    It won't become law, but it gives Democrats something to fight for. Eight years ago, as Congress was in the throes of debate over the Affordable Care Act, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders withdrew an amendment to replace the US's current healthcare system with one in which the federal government provides Medicare-style insurance to every man, woman, and child. Republicans trying to block the ACA were forcing the Senate clerk to read the 767-page amendment out loud as a way of stalling debate;...
  10. An alternative to the War on Drugs that cannot be won

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  11. Steve Bannon’s Porn And Meth House: “You have no idea what kind of evil stuff went on”

    When award-winning underwater cinematographer Lawrence Curtis moved into the lush Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, he had no idea the house he was renting would become a national story. But that’s because he didn’t know the prior tenant was Steve Bannon, adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and now the chief strategist in the White House. In March 2017, the Washington Post published a profile on Bannon that included some shocking details, including the bizarre case of 1794...
  12. Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire

    Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is killing an astonishing and growing number of civilians. Under Trump, the U.S. is re-escalating its war in Afghanistan, expanding its operations in Iraq and Syria, conducting covert raids in Somalia and Yemen, and openly facilitating the Saudi’s genocidal military...
  13. Call to regulate synthetic drugs to stop 'head in the sand' approach

    Image: Stuff Risk of death from synthetic drug use can be significantly reduced if the system gets it right, the head of a Maori public health provider says. As of August 1 this year, 10 people are believed to have died as a result of using illegal synthetic drugs within the space of one month. And without a law reform these "tragic" numbers may become worse, Hapai Te Hauora Tapui chief executive Lance Norman said. Norman said the scale of the problem suggested it was time to regulate...
  14. The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight

    Image: US Senate TVIt was the most dramatic night in the United States Senate in recent history. Just ask the senators who witnessed it. A seven-year quest to undo the Affordable Care Act collapsed — at least for now — as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kept his colleagues and the press corps in suspense over a little more than two hours late Thursday into early Friday. Not since September 2008, when the House of Representatives rejected the Troubled Asset Relief Program — causing the Dow Jones...
  15. Republican States Make the Case Against Trump’s Drug Policy

    The Trump administration's get-tough drug enforcement policy aims to set the tone for the rest of country by projecting a distaste for leniency and an embrace of mandatory minimum prison sentences. But that outlook is becoming more passé by the day — even by the standards of the president's own party. A bipartisan movement to scale back drug laws, gaining momentum for a decade, has spread to some of the country's most conservative regions. Of the more than 20 states that have softened...
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