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It’s official: U.S. war on drugs in Afghanistan is $7.6B failure

Source : http://amestrib.com/news/it-s-official-us-war-drugs-afghanistan-76b-failure The U.S. government wasted $7.6 billion on an ill-conceived drug war in Afghanistan that was doomed to failure from the start, according to a scathing new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Afghan opium poppy crop, providing the raw material for the bulk ...

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Plant That Gets You High and Reduces Opiate Addiction Is Taking Off in the US—And It’s Legal

Source : http://www.alternet.org/drugs/plant-gets-you-high-and-reduces-opiate-addiction-taking-us-and-its-legal Why are people across the U.S. chewing on the small, glossy leaves of the Southeast Asian kratom tree? An ancient plant medicine related to coffee, it produces a high that’s both euphoric and legal. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has long been used in Thailand and Malaysia to relieve ...

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Cannabis Helps Prevent Death in Brain Trauma Patients

Source : http://www.alternet.org/drugs/cannabis-helps-prevent-death-brain-trauma-patients A new study looked at the records of trauma patients over three years. A new study published by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute shows that cannabis plays a significant role in preventing death for people who have endured traumatic brain injuries. The report, titled “ Effect ...

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Huge majority thinks ‘war on drugs’ has failed, new poll finds

Source : http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/05/war-on-drugs-failed-decriminalise-illegal-use An increasing proportion of Britons favours a more liberal approach to drugs and would support decriminalisation strategies, according to a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Observer. An overwhelming majority also believes that the so-called « war on drugs » is futile, with 84% saying that the decades-long campaign by ...

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Philadelphia Decriminalizes It

Source : http://www.thefix.com/content/philadelphia-decriminalizes-it It’s official. Philadelphia has become the largest city in the United States to formally decriminalize possession for small amounts of marijuana. On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation that lowers the possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana to a civil offense. Those possessing that amount ...

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Marijuana could deliver more than $800 million in revenue to Washington and Colorado

Source : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/26/marijuana-could-deliver-more-than-800-million-in-revenue-to-washington-and-colorado If a pair of new government forecasts prove true, Washington and Colorado would see more than $800 million in extra revenue over the next few years thanks to marijuana sales. At the least. The estimates, both released in recent days, differ greatly in what they predict and ...

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