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  • Gun control and the mentally ill

    Gun control featured prominently in the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump was vehemently opposed to gun control, making statements like “I feel that the gun-free zones and, you know, when you say that, that’s target practice for...
  • Missouri senator queries drug makers on opioid sales plans.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is seeking marketing information, sales records and studies from manufacturers of the top-selling opioid products in the United States to determine whether drugmakers have contributed to an...
  • House representatives pull healthcare bill ahead of vote.

    WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn’t get a vote. After a dramatic day on...
  • Republicans may cut essential health benefits to pass Trumpcare.

    The road to ‘meaningless coverage’? In a last-minute bid to get their health care bill passed, House Republicans are considering killing federal regulations that require insurers to cover basic health services, such as maternity care,...
  • Ireland - Sweeping decriminalisation an option in National Drug Strategy

    Growing calls in recent years for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use. The decriminalisation of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use is one of the policy options outlined in the forthcoming National Drug...
  1. Ireland - Sweeping decriminalisation an option in National Drug Strategy

    Growing calls in recent years for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use. The decriminalisation of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use is one of the policy options outlined in the forthcoming National Drug Strategy. Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne will publish the strategy – which will govern all drugs policy from now until 2020 – before the summer. It proposes a group be established to “consider the approaches taken in other...
  2. Gun control and the mentally ill

    Gun control featured prominently in the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump was vehemently opposed to gun control, making statements like “I feel that the gun-free zones and, you know, when you say that, that’s target practice for...
  3. Missouri senator queries drug makers on opioid sales plans.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is seeking marketing information, sales records and studies from manufacturers of the top-selling opioid products in the United States to determine whether drugmakers have contributed to an overuse of the pain killers. McCaskill, a senator from Missouri, said that sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, taking a financial toll on the government and a deadly toll on thousands of consumers. The senator said previous...
  4. House representatives pull healthcare bill ahead of vote.

    WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn’t get a vote. After a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, Ryan rushed from the White House to Capitol Hill to tell Trump he did not have the votes to pass the measure, the culmination of seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama’s proudest domestic achievement. As...
  5. Republicans may cut essential health benefits to pass Trumpcare.

    The road to ‘meaningless coverage’? In a last-minute bid to get their health care bill passed, House Republicans are considering killing federal regulations that require insurers to cover basic health services, such as maternity care, prescription drugs, and mental health services, in plans offered to consumers. The proposal could woo on-the-fence conservatives into voting for the American Health Care Act, a Republican plan to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), also...
  6. The Philippines Now Wants to Legalize Medical Marijuana

    President Rodrigo Duterte is known worldwide for his zero-tolerance policy on drugs. He is responsible for bringing forth one of the bloodiest drug wars in modern history, complete with full permission for police and regular citizens to carry out extrajudicial killings. This is in an effort to “cleanse” his country of drug dealers and users.
  7. Australia’s war on drugs is failing. We must change course

    Medical experts are calling the recent spate of drug overdoses a "public health emergency", and demonising drug users will only fuel the problem, writes Jill Stark. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, Australia’s war on drugs is madness in its purest form. “Just say no” has been an abject failure. The law enforcement approach has not deterred users, nor has it made communities safer. It has only put lives at risk. Last...
  8. This Year's Nevada Cannabis Cup Celebration Runs into Federal Saber Rattling

    LAS VEGAS—It had the makings of a duel in the desert, the first clash between the legion of marijuana lovers emboldened by a surge of legalization and a new federal administration that has pledged to restore “law and order.” In the days leading up to the Cannabis Cup—which is the pot world’s version of harvest festival, lecture series and outdoor concert rolled into one—it looked like a corner of an Indian reservation an hour north of Las Vegas was going to become a historic battlefield....
  9. The Health Care Crisis and the Addiction Crisis Are the Same

    America is governed by 19th century philosophies that kill evermore people. Donald Trump was elected by a white underclass that is resentful, suicidal, and addictive, and whose existence is declining rapidly. The most noted...
  10. Will President Trump slash the Office of Drug Policy?

    Drug policy and advocacy groups, alarmed by a New York Times report that the Office of Management and Budget has placed the White House’s Office of National Drug Control and Policy (ONDCP) on the chopping block, have banded together in the midst of a national opioid crisis to author a letter forcefully opposing the move. The letter obtained by CBS News, titled “Retain the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” was written by over 70 medical and drug policy organizations, such as Addiction...
  11. Quick Guide to the Latest Updates in US Marijuana Laws

    There may be uncertainty in regards to cannabis on the federal stage, but some U.S. lawmakers are trying to keep the legislative gears churning. A bipartisan quartet of congressmen in February launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, a group formed to develop a united front to further congressional action on cannabis. Here’s a rundown of the cannabis bills before the 115th U.S. Congress, including medical measures and a proposal to end federal marijuana prohibition, plus a listing of...
  12. Out of the shadows: Manila’s meth dealers back in streets as cops pull back

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs had until three weeks ago driven the trade in crystal methamphetamine underground, according to residents and drug users in some of the slum areas of the nation's capital city. As thousands of users and dealers were shot dead by police and vigilantes in the first seven months after Duterte came to power last June, open dealing in the drug, known here by its street name shabu, largely stopped. Instead, deals were done on the quiet between...
  13. Trump's White House Will Not Let Colorado's Legal Marijuana Industry Down, GOP Senator Says

    A top Republican lawmaker in Colorado is casting doubt on whether Donald Trump’s administration will crack down on the legalization of marijuana, saying the new president wouldn’t “turn his back” on states’ rights. Colorado Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican and a Trump supporter, reacted after the statement from White House spokesman Sean Spicer that recreational pot will face “greater enforcement.” “I’m not sure I’d put too much thought or too much...
  14. Talk of Revoking State's Rights to Legal Weed Upsetting Both Liberals and Conservatives

    Yesterday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the Justice Department under newly installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be more inclined to enforce the federal ban on marijuana in states that have legalized the drug for recreational use. A large majority of Americans, including most Republicans, think that's a bad idea, according to poll numbers released the same day as Spicer's comments. Answering a question from an Arkansas reporter wondering how the...
  15. Expect a Tough Pushback on State Legal Marijuana, Trump's Press Secretary Announced Today

    Over the past few years, eight states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, and 20 more have legalized it for medical uses. President Barack Obama’s administration took a hands-off approach to these states, deciding not to enforce federal laws that prohibit marijuana use as long as states followed some rules. But what will President Donald Trump’s administration do? On Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave the clearest answer yet to this...
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