Politics

  1. Billy Caldwell cannabis oil plea rejected by Home Office

    The Home Office has rejected a County Tyrone mother's plea to legalise cannabis oil for her epileptic son. Charlotte Caldwell accused Home Office minister Nick Hurd of having "likely signed my son's death warrant". Ms Caldwell brought cannabis oil from Canada for her son Billy, but it was confiscated at Heathrow on Monday. In 2017, the 12-year-old became the first person in the UK to be prescribed cannabis oil, but last month his GP was told he could no longer do so. 'Honest conversation'...
  2. Why Antidepressants Cause Brain Damage, Breast Cancer, and Early Mortality

    When you see a headline like this in the news, “Anti-inflammatory Drugs Reduce the Effectiveness of SSRI Antidepressants,” what does it make you think? The impression is that if you are taking an SSRI then you shouldn’t take any pain pills if you want the antidepressants to work, which is the clear message of the press release1 that accompanied the study. This means that SSRI antidepressants must be “working” by some type of inflammatory method. It is now common knowledge that low-grade...
  3. Bangladesh launches deadly 'Philippine-style' war on drugs

    This photograph taken on April 6, 2018 shows a Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) laying out small bags of the drug "yaba" recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN, AFP/Getty Images Bangladeshi security forces claim that 26 suspected drug dealers were killed during several raids in different parts of the country. At least nine suspected traffickers were killed on Monday alone in the government's crackdown on the...
  4. President Donald Trump wants to build a drug cartel – and wants NZ to pay for it

    Accusing other countries of "freeloading", US President Donald Trump has announced plans to make countries like New Zealand pay more for drugs. Speaking at the White House this weekend, Trump accused foreign countries of extorting "unreasonably low prices from US drug makers" and forcing Americans to pay more to subsidise the research and development costs. "America will not be cheated any longer, and especially will not be cheated by foreign countries," Trump said. "It's time to end the...
  5. Canada's Liberal party considers decriminalization of all illicit drugs

    The push towards decriminalization comes as the opioid crisis continues to claim thousands of lives on both sides of the 49th parallel With months left before Canada becomes the first country in the G7 to fully legalise marijuana, members of the country’s Liberal party, led federally by Justin Trudeau, are calling on their government to go one step further and decriminalise the possession and consumption of all illicit drugs. The internal push to embrace the idea is one of more than two...
  6. Canadian Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

    OTTAWA -- The Senate gave approval in principle Thursday evening to the federal government's bill to legalize recreational marijuana, after a tense few days of manoeuvring by Conservative senators hoping to derail one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's signature election promises. Bill C-45 passed at second reading by a vote of 44-29. That does not mean the bill is out of the Senate woods, however. It will now be scrutinized by five different Senate committees, which could recommend...
  7. New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

    Will the new federal spending bill relieve our anxiety about the state of medical marijuana? In a move that should ease anxiety among those in the cannabis industry, the new federal spending bill includes medical marijuana protections. The move taken Wednesday extends a policy of the federal government that has been in effect since 2014 until September of this year. Under it, U.S. law enforcement agents and prosecutors are barred from spending federal money to hinder state medical marijuana...
  8. Greek Parliament Passes Bill to Regulate Medical Cannabis Production

    Rogelio A. Galaviz/ Flickr Legislators in Greece have approved a bill to regulate medical cannabis cultivation and distribution. On March 1, lawmakers voted in favour of the bill, which will allow licensed businesses to cultivate and process cannabis for medical purposes. Land for cultivation must be at least 4,000 square metres in size and secured by fencing. The legislation also stipulates that the processing of the cannabis must take place within the same grounds that it is grown, to...
  9. Finland Health Experts Call for Decriminalisation of All Drug Use, Igniting Public Debate

    Photo:Chuck Grimmett/Flickr Experts from the Finnish government’s leading health agency have called for the decriminalisation of all drug use, igniting a debate that has drawn in top politicians and police authorities. The call was made by two senior members of Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos – THL), which operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. On February 13, Professor Pekka Hakkarainen – the head of THL’s Alcohol,...
  10. US Corp Cashes in as Lesotho Becomes the First African Country to Legalise Cannabis Cultivation

    Lesotho has become the first African country to permit the legal cultivation of cannabis – but the production of the drug has been restricted to two foreign-owned companies, while rural farmers and the wider population continue to be prohibited from harvesting their own. Lesotho is a landlocked country, entirely encircled by South Africa, with a population of a little over two million. Almost a year ago, on February 28 2017, Lesotho's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare granted a...
  11. Jeff Sessions Opposes Bipartisan Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

    The attorney general said passing the reform legislation would be a “grave error” and benefit a “highly dangerous cohort of criminals.” YURI GRIPAS / REUTERS WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come out swinging against a bipartisan drug sentencing reform bill that has the support of many of his former Republican colleagues in the Senate, warning that the legislation would be a “grave error” and not allow adequate punishment for “a highly dangerous cohort of criminals.” In a...
  12. OxyContin maker stops promoting opioids, cuts sales staff

    (Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers. FILE PHOTO: A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah, U.S. on April 25, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey/File Photo The drugmaker said it will inform doctors on Monday that its...
  13. Publix reverses policy denying coverage for HIV-prevention drug

    Supermarket chain Publix announced Tuesday it will include HIV prevention method PrEP in its employee healthcare plans, changing policy a day after meeting with Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, the Legislature’s first openly gay Latino member. A trio of Tuesday morning Tweets off Publix’s corporate account read, “Publix appreciates the concerns shared by our associates and customers. We offer generous health coverage to our eligible full-time and part-time associates at an affordable...
  14. CDC director resigns over financial conflicts of interest

    NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned Wednesday over financial conflicts of interest involving her investments in health care businesses. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald’s complex financial investments presented conflicts that made it difficult to do her job, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC. In an ethics agreement filed in September, Fitzgerald had said that legal and contractual...
  15. 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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