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Narkootikumid

HaraldHaak
19-09-2012
kell 15:32

Danny Kushlick (Transform UK) kirjutab, kuidas uimastisõda on "ohustamisräkit".

In a classic protection racket, a racketeer threatens damage to a business, or harm to an individual, unless the victim pays the racketeer “protection” money. The 1961 UN Single Convention on drugs, to which the UK is a signatory, frames its approach in terms of a concern for the “health and welfare of mankind” and a desire to “combat” the “serious evil” of “addiction to narcotic drugs”. It then places an obligation on signatories to put in place a blanket prohibition (and thereby eliminate use and eradicate supply) in order to protect us from this “evil”.

The threat, as articulated, is that if we do not support the prohibition, the “evil” will take over and we will no longer be “protected” from addiction. But the global prohibition – the “war on drugs” – has singularly failed to stop people using drugs. The reality is that worldwide there are up to 300 million users. All the evidence shows that the level of law enforcement has little or no correlation with levels of drug misuse. /---/

If prohibition was a genuine protection racket, at least we would be protected from harm. But it isn’t. It is much worse than that. It is effectively an “endangerment racket”. The first payment we make creates plentiful money-making opportunities for organised crime. The second payment provides the budgets for those given the task of “fighting organised crime” – FBI, CIA DEA, SOCA and many others around the world. The second payment of “endangerment money” distracts us from the fallout from the first racket and further serves to perpetuate the overarching prohibitionist regime.

However, there is good news. Governments are not organised crime groups. We can stop paying “endangerment money” any time we like, by voting for an individual or party that is seeking alternatives to global prohibition, and the endangerment racket that accompanies it.

We can stop governments spending our money on a regime that ultimately endangers those who are most vulnerable and at risk, and press them to reassign the vast sums involved to a “post-drug war Marshall Plan”. Around the world we are seeing the beginning of more pragmatic approaches to legalisation and regulation. As citizens we have a choice. We can use our vote for peace – or for war.

HaraldHaak
20-09-2012
kell 16:09

Sõnatuks võtab. Araabia Ühendemiraadid kaaluvad "hüpnootilise muusika" ja "digitaalnarkootikumide" keelustamist sarnaselt uimastitele, teatab sealne kohalik ajakirjandus.

There is no scientific evidence for their claims and reviews are mixed at best, but Dr Al Meheini believes "digital drugs" pose a risk to society.

"It's important that we warn the public and start a campaign to make people aware of it," he said. "It's already spread around the world and can be downloaded in the UAE and listened to by college students.

"Right now it's not illegal but it should be, because it's a danger to society."

A US company, I-Doser, has tracks on its website with names such as cocaine, opium and peyote that can be bought for US$3.25 (Dh11.9) each. The website is not blocked.

The company also produces tracks that purportedly simulate orgasms, and others claim to take listeners to the "gates of hell".

HaraldHaak
20-09-2012
kell 16:13

Üks korralik argumentatsioon Clive Batesilt teemal, miks alternatiivsete "suitsuta" tubakatoodete nagu snus müügi keelustamine Euroopas on lühinägelik ja kontraproduktiivne, kuna eirab tõsiasja, et taoliste toodete lubamine on otseses seoses tubakasurmade määra kahanemisega.

Is it right to ban certain types of smokeless tobacco from sale in the European Union? The short and unequivocal answer is ’no’.

But surely banning any type of tobacco can only reduce the size of the overall tobacco market and therefore be good for health? No, not at all, it just isn’t that simple…

This post gives my personal take on this important public health issue.

The reason for allowing it on the market is that smokeless tobacco is an effective substitute for smoking, but far less hazardous to health than cigarettes. The chart to the left puts it quite well. It models the effect on life expectancy of switching from smoking to a type of smokeless tobacco (‘snus’ or Swedish oral snuff) at a given age. These are dramatic findings. Given the addictiveness of nicotine and how difficult some smokers find quitting even if they really want to, banning this option amounts to death by regulation. What has gone wrong?

No Quarter
23-09-2012
kell 16:44

http://www.delfi.ee/news/paevauudised/110_112/kanepit-kasvatanud-noormeest-ootab-kohus.d?id=65005656

ajudoonor
23-09-2012
kell 18:25

huvitav, mille järgi valitakse need juhtumid, mida lehes kajastada? narkootikumidega seotud tegude eest karistatakse ilmselt iga päev kedagi, aga küsimus on selles, et kelle huvides ja mis metoodika alusel valitakse välja just need juhtumid, mille info täiesti ootamatult äkki ajakirjandusse "lekib".

kommentaare lugedes tundub delfi lugejate meelsus olevat väga tugevalt kaldu sinna poole, et kanepi kasvatamine on inimese enda asi ja andku aga minna.

MachineElf
23-09-2012
kell 19:26

oskab keegi anesteetilise eetri manustamisest pajatada?

HaraldHaak
24-09-2012
kell 12:31

CNN afišeerib Afganistani oopiumisõltuvuse nukrapoolset tegelikkust.

They may look like any normal Afghan family, but they're hiding a shameful secret: They're all addicted to opium, the main ingredient of heroin.

It is a drug so prevalent that one million Afghans are addicted to it -- that's 8% of the population, according to the United Nations.

"It's very bad," explains Masoma. "At first when I started to use the drug, it was like a medicine for pain relief after my husband died. But when I became completely addicted and needed it every day, I knew I had to search for a way to stop all this."

Masoma's mother, sister and older brother also used the drug to dull their pain when Masoma's younger brother died soon after her husband. They too became addicted.

"It made us feel calm and gave us comfort," says Masoma. "When I felt bad about my husband and younger brother, using opium decreased my sorrow."

After inhaling the additive smoke that often swirled around the house, Masoma's two young children soon became addicted, without her even realizing. /---/

The local Afghan woman set up Mother Camp in the abandoned school about a year ago. It's a place for drug addicts to live, escape their destructive environment and hopefully get clean. She and her small team of volunteers offer counseling to help the addicts become "mentally strong."

There is no government assistance to fund the program. Instead the profits from a restaurant she owns keep Mother Camp running. /---/

She admits that not everyone is cured by the time they leave the program. In fact many return to their former lives /---/

In another suburb, close to the slums of Kabul, is a methadone clinic operated by Medecins du Monde (Doctors of the World). It's the only clinic in Afghanistan that is allowed to dispense methadone /---/

"This decision means there are only 71 clients under methadone in the whole of Afghanistan," explains Wisse. "The drug addiction problem in Afghanistan is enormous and growing and unless they extend the program, the situation is only going to get worse."

HaraldHaak
24-09-2012
kell 12:33

Keegi peab olema esimene, kirjutavad Lisa Sánchez ja Steve Rolles The Guardianis Uruguay legaliseerimiskadalipu valguses.

When the Uruguayan president José Mujica was asked about his proposal to make a historic break with global prohibition and put in place a legal, state-controlled market for cannabis, he replied: "Someone has to be first." /---/

The regional context of the Mujica proposal is also critical. The debate on drug law reform in Latin America has accelerated, with multiple heads of state now openly tabling the possibility of wider reforms including legalisation, and the Organization of American States currently reviewing all the options, as frustrations have grown with the deteriorating security situation and violence related to the drug trade. The perception is that Latin America carries an unacceptably heavy burden for drug consumption in the US and Europe, and that the externally imposed solution, a military and police-led war on drugs, is costly and counterproductive – as Mexico in particular has found out to its cost in recent years.

The Mujica proposal is, perhaps unsurprisingly, couched within a bill of security measures and is being primarily promoted on that basis and, as is often the case with drug reform legislation, it includes provisions for increased penalties for traffickers. It also faces a number of other hurdles; it needs to be reconciled with the decriminalisation bill, and it does not enjoy majority public support (40% are in favour). Then are the objections from the guardians of the prohibitionist status quo, the US and the UN drug agencies.

If or when the Uruguayan initiative will be realised remains impossible to say – they may be first, they may not. But it is now clear that someone will be, and soon. After decades of counterproductive failure, the era of blanket global prohibitions on drugs is finally coming to an end.

HaraldHaak
24-09-2012
kell 12:38

"Me peame rääkima ecstasy'st:" — romaani "Me peame rääkima Kevinist" autor Lionel Shriver kirjutab The Daily Mailis, miks ta nõustus David Nutti korraldatud televisioonieksperimendi raames MDMA-d mugima.

The ‘war on drugs’ is a war on weakness, on escapism, on curiosity.

It does nothing to staunch demand.

Maybe you’ve no idea why people would want to alter their consciousness, though in that case you never take a drink.

Me, I can see the benefits of feeling peculiar from time to time, for enlightenment or entertainment.

After all, fiction is a hallucinogen of sorts, making you see things that aren’t really there.

Legalise drugs worldwide, and consumption might not go up much.

Losing its frisson of naughtiness, drug taking might even go down.

A hard core is going to get hopelessly, ceaselessly high on whatever, regardless of the law.

Why not let them throw their lives away without breaking into our houses or wasting our taxes?

There’s no rational justification for why folks who take the odd hit of E on the weekend should risk reputation and liberty, while their counterparts who vomit at bus stops are sobered up at our expense in A&E.

Most people refrain from taking recreational drugs not because it’s illegal, but because they don’t want to.


Lisaks saab sõna mõttekoja Health2020 esindaja, kes kogu uuringut ohtlikuks ja ebateaduslikuks sarjab.

Ecstasy reduces levels of serotonin and the response can be anything from increased heart and breathing rates, shivering, sweating and blurred vision to high blood pressure, high temperature, muscle twitching and agitation.

And that’s just for starters.

In the days after taking ecstasy, depression, disrupted sleep and fatigue are common.

Studies have shown that it can also result in long-term memory loss, psychiatric problems and impairment to the immune system.

The trouble with Professor Nutt’s programme is that the viewer is presented with a small fragment of research which cannot give us any answers about medical applications, while implying there could be a valid use for ecstasy.

And because some of those featured are public faces who needed to have previously used ecstasy to take part (to avoid any embarrassing side-effects on the show, such as death presumably) this lends a dangerous air of acceptability to the drug.

Prof Nutt denies there is a moral issue with this programme because, in his view, morality has nothing to do with science.

By choosing a banned substance for his experiment, Prof Nutt (who is not the leading UK neuroscientist in MDMA) has secured funding, controversy and an audience.

He’s giving an illicit drug publicity, taking a reductionist approach to its impact and claiming this study could indicate a worthy use for it.

This is not responsible science.

HaraldHaak
24-09-2012
kell 12:48

Angela Bacca kirjutab Fiona Apple'i vahistamise järellainetuse korras Toke'is, et muusikud peaksid hakkama Texase osariiki boikoteerima. (Eesti bändide enamiku jaoks pole vist midagi lihtsamat...)

Last week, singer-songwriter Fiona Apple's tour bus passed through west Texas's Hudspeth County, where it was stopped by local law enforcement and searched for narcotics. The search turned up about an ounce and a half each of marijuana and hashish. Apple was taken to jail where she spent a night before being released on $10,000 bail.

Now, according to Alternet, she faces a minimum of two years -- and a maximum of 10 -- in federal prison for the offense.

Blatantly pro-marijuana musicians Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) and Willie Nelson both got away with a hand slap -- but not until after Willie Nelson was pressured to perform "Blue Eyes Cryin' in he Rain," for a judge to have his charges dismissed.

No one is surprised when they find marijuana in a tour bus; in fact it's practically a guarantee of both the Willie Nelson and Snoop Lion brands. Police and civilians alike would sooner be surprised if they didn't find pot. /---/

South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin (albeit nearly 500 miles away) brought in almost $167 million last year for the city -- about 70 percent of its yearly revenue. What if the entire SXSW lineup this March stood in solidarity with Fiona, Snoop and Willie and decided to boycott all concerts and appearances in the entire State of Texas until Hudspeth agreed to pursue the crime actually occurring in its hell-desert instead of celebrities and musicians who bring buckets of joy and money into the State?

What if there was no South by Southwest this March? How long would it take for the City of Austin to come down hard on Hudspeth?

Perhaps they can sue the small county of Hudspeth for lost revenues if, in fact, no musicians decide to play SXSW out of principle next year.

HaraldHaak
24-09-2012
kell 15:43

Oliver Stone'il linastus film "Savages", mis räägib muu Mehhikos toimuvast narkovägivallast kitsamalt ja vägivalla eskaleerumisest ühiskonnas laiemalt.

Maestrot on usutleda võtnud nii Guardian kui Telegraph, põnevad lugemised mõlemad. Tsiteerin Guardiani lugu:

Stone's conclusion focuses less on the economic backdrop in Mexico than the failure of the war on drugs. Stone of course takes this further, entwining his themes. First: "That border is going all day and all night long. And it's 2,000 miles long. There's no way they're going to stop this. Dammit – they tried to build a wall across Berlin!" He gestures out of the window towards Starbucks, where no-man's land used to be: "Walls don't work, period." And second: "I don't see anything coming out of this so far as the war on drugs is concerned. It's been 40 years now, and its just become a method by which more money can be generated to fight what they now call narco-terror." And here's the crux, the entwinement again: "Drugs and terror, they couple them together, and the drug war becomes part of the war on terror that never ends. Part of the total terror that is overcoming our lives."

HaraldHaak
24-09-2012
kell 15:44

* räägib Mehhikos toimuvast narkovägivallast

Serial K
26-09-2012
kell 13:37

stratfori analüütiku tekst aastast 2010. the fuck? tõsiselt?

I found out that there is a group of US and Mexican LE [law enforcement] that discretely attempted, and succeeded, in brokering a deal in Tijuana. If you notice, Tijuana violence has nearly ceased. There are only minor skirmishes that do not appear to be tied to any major cartel.
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Basically, the message they want to send out is that Sinaloa is winning and that the violence is unacceptable. They want the CARTELS to negotiate with EACH OTHER. The idea is that if they can do this, violence will drop and the governments will allow controlled drug trades.
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In this sense, the message that Sinaloa was winning was, in my view, intended to tell SEDENA to stop taking down large trucks full of dope as they made their way to the US. These large shipments were Sinaloa's, and they are OK with the Americans. The argument is that most of the violence remains related to the local market, and that SEDENA should focus on smaller gangs and fringe groups that try to cross smaller quantities.


Serial K
26-09-2012
kell 13:40

see on kuu aega vana leak muidugi

Serial K
26-09-2012
kell 13:41

kõik teemakohased failid

HaraldHaak
26-09-2012
kell 13:59

ÜRO peaassambleel polegi seni keegi midagi taolist rääkinud. HuffPo vahendab Guatemala presidendi Molina sõnu: uimastid tuleb legaliseerida.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is advocating the international legalization of drugs even as he is moving to fight narcotics cartels with the biggest military buildup in the Central American country since its long and bloody civil war.

There's no contradiction, the president said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, a day before he plans to address the U.N. General Assembly.

"We can't take unilateral action, it will be gradual," Perez said, referring to his push for legalization. "Meanwhile, while we're taking these steps, we're not going to let Guatemala become an open corridor for trafficking and consuming drugs."

Perez Molina said he may be the first head of state to propose legalizing drugs before the General Assembly, but the Organization of American States already is studying the idea, with a report due in a year.

"With cocaine and heroin, for example, they're substances that are damaging and addictive," he said. "We would have to regulate the procedures for selling them: a prescription or series of things that would come out of the discussion."

HaraldHaak
26-09-2012
kell 14:01

Sarnase nimega mees, Staten Islandi konservatiivpoliitik Molinaro nimetab Lady Gagat "uimastite õilistamise" pärast libuks, teatab Raw Story.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says that pop star Lady Gaga is a “slut” who is influencing children by publicly using marijuana.

During a Monday event to promote the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Initiative program, the Conservative Party of New York politician lashed out at Lady Gaga for recently firing up a spliff on stage in Amsterdam.

Standing beside a poster board with photos of the pop star smoking weed, Molinaro warned that there was “a tremendous influence with our youth” by “glorifying the drug use.”

“There’s Gaga. Here’s this … this … I would call her a slut,” he said, according to the Staten Island Advance. “This slut is influencing many, many children.”

“My niece has two daughters, 12 and 14, [and] they love this woman. Why? Why?” the borough president continued. “To me, she’s not an actress, she’s a slut … in the pure meaning of the word.”

HaraldHaak
26-09-2012
kell 14:07

Kui ootad toetust uimastireformile, võib tulla see ka mulla alt... või muudest ootamatutest allikatest. USA mennoniitide häälekandja Mennonite World Review's kirjutatakse, et sõda uimastitega on nurjunud ja muutnud Ameerika maailma vanglapealinnaks.

As Christians who have questioned the morality and usefulness of our nation’s armed conflicts, Mennonites in the United States should call and work for the end to a 30-year war by our federal government. It is a war that has produced a wasteful diversion of our financial resources, created millions of harshly punished and disenfranchised citizens and harmed our relations with other countries of our hemisphere. It is time to end the war on drugs.

Declared by President Ronald Reagan soon after he took office in 1981 — in an era of declining crime rates and before crack cocaine began hitting major U.S. cities — today this war represents, under President Obama, a still-escalating commitment to a failing course of action. While ending this war will not be an easy task, the first step is to make a case for why it should end. Three main arguments stand out. /---/

Will we summon the courage today to revise a failed 30-year policy that has deeply damaged both ourselves — through our bulging prisons and our skewed public finances — and our Latin American neighbors? As Mennonites in the U.S., let’s work and pray for an end to the war on drugs.


Artikli ajalooõpetajast autori seoseid Mehhiko vanausuliste narkomennoniitidega pole minu teada uuritud.

HaraldHaak
26-09-2012
kell 14:12

Hobid pole ohutud, selgub kogumiskirglike inimeste nädalalehest Collectors Weekly, kus oopiumiga seonduva kola kollektsionäär Steven Martin räägib, kuidas temast sai oopiuminarkomaan. Ettevaatust: lugu on hästi pikk.

Martin’s research wasn’t limited to mining Victorian medical books or hunting down authentic pieces on eBay. As he came across various pipes and tools, he sought out the last of the Laotian opium dens to learn how these accoutrements were used and, yes, to try them himself. Before long, he and a friend had created their own private opium den in rural Southeast Asia, but when another of Martin’s smoking buddies, a top Asian ceramics expert, died in 2008, possibly from withdrawal symptoms, Martin knew he had to quit before it was too late for him, too. This summer, Random House published his latest book, Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction, in which Martin details how his obsessive collectors’ bug led to his opium addiction. /---/

It took a while to really understand what I had. At first, of course, there were these opium dens in Laos that I could get to quite easily. /---/

That’s why I started hanging out in these opium dens, to learn what I had. Then I started experimenting with the drug. Opium’s really odd. With modern drugs, you take a single hit and you’re hooked for life. You’ll think of nothing else. Opium’s the exact opposite of that. It takes years and years to get addicted. But once it gets its hooks into you, it’s really difficult and painful to get off. /---/

I met an expat from Austria, who was able to get opium that had been prepared specifically for smoking. This is a reason why opium smoking will never come back. First, the paraphernalia is so bulky and easy to identify that there’s just no way you can hide an opium pipe and lamp under your jacket and take it around with you. Secondly, while tons and tons of opium is harvested every year in places like Afghanistan and Burma, it’s all going straight to heroin. There’s just no demand for chandu, which is what they call opium that’s been prepared specifically for smoking.

However, this Austrian was somehow able to get enough raw opium to prepare his own chandu for smoking. And I had this bright idea—bright at the time, I thought. I said to him, “Well, you’ve got this high-quality opium for smoking, the type that isn’t even being produced anymore. You’re the only one that’s got it, and I’ve got all this great, old paraphernalia, some of it in pristine condition.” So I asked him if he’d be interested in combining the two. Over the next few years, he and I collaborated. I’d go out and visit him every month or two in the rural area where he lived, and he set aside a room in his house specifically for smoking. We decorated the room with Chinese antiques like scrolls and a traditional opium bed.

HaraldHaak
26-09-2012
kell 14:19

James Bakeri instuudi nimeline ajutrust on võtnud avaldada tuntud reformivastase Kevin Sabet' arvamuse, miks kanepit ei tohi legaliseerida. Huvitav mõtteharjutus algajale demagoogiauurijale on tema jutust välja noppida kõik arutlusvead.

Research uniformly reveals that under legalization, the price of drugs would fall substantially, and use would increase. Any tax revenue gained from legal marijuana would be quickly offset by the social costs resulting from this increased use: witness how today, society receives about $1 in alcohol and tobacco tax revenue for every $10 lost on the social costs of those two legal drugs. Increased drug use means increased costs.

Furthermore, there is no guarantee that marijuana legalization would significantly diminish the underground market for marijuana. /---/

What about criminal justice costs? Shouldn’t they go down if marijuana is made legal? The case of alcohol again provides an illuminating example. Surprisingly, (legal) alcohol leads to more arrests every year than do all illegal drugs combined. /---/

What about marijuana’s medical value? We know that there are components in marijuana that have medicinal value. Some of these components have been turned into a pill; others are being developed into a mouth spray. But, as the Institute of Medicine has concluded, we do not need to inhale the raw marijuana plant to benefit from the plant’s beneficial components.


Kommentaarium on huvitav.

Serial K
26-09-2012
kell 15:17

selle wikileaksi ja guatemaala-kõne võrdluses tundub asi VEEL ogaram, kui ta enne tundus - guatemaala prez räägib, et legaliseerimine aitaks kartellide jalgealust õõnestada, aga USA ja calderóni jõudsid järeldusele, et kui kartellid oleksid piisavalt tugevad, poleks legaliseerimist vaja. eyes eyes eyes

Serial K
26-09-2012
kell 15:43

samad tüübid arutavad teemal, kes ikka mehhiko narkosõda alustas

HaraldHaak
26-09-2012
kell 16:43

Venemaal pannakse teadlaseid valede faktide nentimise eest trellide taha, vahendab ajakiri Nature.

For Olga Nikolaevna Zelenina, a Kafkaesque nightmare has come true.

The Russian chemist stands accused of complicity in organized drug trafficking, and is currently imprisoned in Moscow’s detention centre number 6, where she shares a cell with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the prominent activist punk band Pussy Riot.

But Zelenina’s supporters say she is the victim of a monstrous miscarriage of justice, and has done nothing more than provide an expert opinion on the opiate content of a consignment of poppy seeds. They are pessimistic that a court hearing scheduled for 24 September will result in her immediate release.

Expert witness

Zelenina heads a laboratory at the Penza Agricultural Institute, some 600 kilometres southeast of Moscow, one of the best-equipped chemical-analysis labs in Russia. She is a specialist in the biology of hemp and poppy, and is a sought-after expert in legal cases involving narcotics produced from these plants.

In September 2011, the defence attorneys of Sergey Shilov, a Russian businessman under investigation by the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS), asked her to provide an expert opinion on the amount of opiates that could possibly be extracted from 42 metric tonnes of food poppy seeds that Shilov had imported from Spain in 2010. /---/

On the basis of gas-chromatography and mass-spectrometry measurements of samples analysed in her lab, Zelenina calculated the overall morphine and codeine content in the poppy-seed consignment in question to be 0.00069% and 0.00049%, respectively. In such low concentrations, opiates can only be identified or extracted in well-equipped analytical chemistry labs, she wrote.

“This opinion apparently failed to satisfy the prosecutors,” says Irina Levontina, a linguist at the Russian Language Institute in Moscow, who is frequently heard as an expert in libel and drug lawsuits. “It has become quite common for Russian prosecutors to accuse independent experts if they don’t like their opinions. It can be downright dangerous for experts to appear in court.”

HaraldHaak
26-09-2012
kell 16:46

Hetkel viibib dr Zelenina siiski vabaduses, aga see ei pruugi kauaks nii jääda, sedastab Derek Lowe blogis Corante.

Update: Zelenina has been released from custody, pending her trial. It's a start, but she's still facing all sorts of penalties if convicted.

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 11:06

Täna on USA kanepikeeluseaduse 75. sünnipäev. Vivian McPeak soovib õnne ja lühikest iga Seattle PI's.

Happy birthday prohibition. Now die.

Happy birthday, marijuana Prohibition. You are now 75 years old—well past retirement age. You have accomplished so much, you must be very proud of yourself. You have largely conquered the world. You’ve spread your policies of persecution and subjugation from nation to nation, perpetuating the expansion of a prison industrial complex that would have made Stalin proud.

Your righteous crusade against a largely benign, natural plant and all who dare to embrace it has been the status quo for an entire human lifetime or better. Ever since you were conceived by the Rockefellers and promoted by their henchman, Harry Anslinger, you have been relentlessly waging a campaign of hate, terror, and brutality on a populace that is almost totally non-threatening.

Using the tactics of yellow journalism, racist bigotry, and outright lies, you have sabotaged and minimized that which makes America great: Constitutional liberty for Americans. You used the United States’ military against its own citizens, on American soil. That is unprecedented.

You have invaded the homes, the cars, the businesses, and the bloodstreams of millions of otherwise decent, law-abiding Americans in order to advance your campaign of misery and suffering. You have seized homes, cars, boats, bank accounts, and property from tens of thousands American citizens, often with no due process or conviction. /---/

You have cooperated and conspired with tyrants, despots and dictators, all in the name of justice. You have promoted stereotypes while you have spread pure, raw, unadulterated hatred. You have divided Americans, and fractured our society.

You have caused murders, suicides, and suffering beyond imagination. You have denied the sick, the elderly, and the terminally ill relief from suffering by denying them access to medical marijuana. Hell, you have even persecuted crippled, broken, and dying men and women and then tossed them into jails and prisons like caged rats. You have denied medical care, treatment, and medicine to prisoners. You have made possible untold prison rapes. /---/

Now it is time for you to retire, old policy. You are ashen and gray, heartless and cold, soulless and unfeeling. You are evil, and it is time for you to go. You cannot have America, and we are going to take her back. She is just now learning of your lies, your hate, and your destruction of liberty, freedom and justice.

It is time to retire, fade into the past, and disappear. Your time is limited, because justice is on the march.

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 11:10

Endise Sons of Anarchy näitleja hiljutise mõrva+enesetapu juurdlus vaeb väiteid, nagu oleks mängus olnud turul alles populaarsust koguv "uus" sünteetiline uimasti 2,5-dimetoksü-4-jodofenetüülamiin ehk 2C-I hüüdnimega smiles. WRIC.com kirjutab:

Los Angeles, CA--Los Angeles police are investigating whether the alleged murder-suicide by "Sons of Anarchy" star Johnny Lewis last week is linked to "Smiles," the newest designer street drug gaining popularity in the U.S.

According to the LAPD, the Los Angeles area has seen a rise in the number of overdoses caused by Smiles, or 2C-I, a hallucinogenic synthetic drug. They said that Lewis' behavior, in which he is suspected of attacking and killing his elderly landlady before jumping or falling of a balcony to his death, was consistent with the drug.

"The thing we are seeing lately here in Los Angeles and across the country are synthetic designer-type drugs, something like 'bath salts,' or the new one we've heard around here called 'smiles,'" LAPD Cmd. Andrew Smith told ABC News.

The drug may be part of a growing trend of drugs created by tweaking chemical formulas to constantly introduce new drugs to the market, according to experts. Just as synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice, and Bath Salts became popular for brief periods of time over the past years, Smiles may be the latest man-made drug to be hitting the club scene, according to Dessa Bergen-Cico, professor of public health at Syracuse University.

"Basically it's a very pure and potent form of ecstasy or MDMA," Bergen-Cico said. "So it's not necessarily a new drug, but a more potent form of it."

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 11:14

Teenekas arstiteadlane Diana Williamson on end mässinud sügavatesse narkojamadesse, kuritarvitades oma ametipositsiooni tervisekindlustuspettuse läbiviimiseks ja kange retseptopioidiga äritsemise mahitamiseks. Nüüd väidab ta advokaadi vahendusel, et roimad pani toime hoopis üks tema lõhestunud isiku häirelistest tahkudest. The State:

Marks told the judge that his client deserved unusual leniency because she didn't know she was carrying out crimes. He said the crimes were carried out by Nala, one of her multiple personalities. He said Nala was "mischievous, irresponsible, reckless and, as we have just discovered, criminal."

The judge seemed skeptical of the multiple personality argument.

"I guess I'm having trouble understanding that with the defendant's remarkable medical career, having founded an AIDS hospital ... it doesn't seem to have impaired her ability to function as a medical professional," the judge said.

She delayed sentencing after a prosecutor acknowledged Williamson's severe medical issues and said a Bureau of Prisons official would have to say whether the prisons could handle her issues.

The government says Williamson defrauded Medicaid out of about $300,000, part of roughly $1 million that a wider conspiracy managed to scam from the program. Prosecutors say Williamson wrote phony prescriptions for about 11,000 painkiller pills that were bought with Medicaid benefits and then peddled on the street.

Authorities said the ring mostly dealt in oxycodone, a highly addictive pain medication often sold on the black market for $20 to $40 per pill as a substitute for heroin and other illegal drugs.

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 11:17

UK uimastite kuritarvitamise nõukoja esimees Les Iversen kirjutab The Daily Telegraphile, et Nutt'i & Co "Drugs Live" sarja MDMA-katse oli propaganda.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Prof Iversen, an expert at Oxford University, said: “While I am strongly in favour of scientific research on both legal and illegal drugs, I have to question whether this project has any real “research” value.

“Viewers were repeatedly told this was ground-breaking research that had never been done before.

“However, a search of the scientific literature reveals that there have been no fewer than 68 human studies of ecstasy using brain-imaging techniques. Twelve of there were published in the past 12 months – and they include reports of effects of ecstasy on the hippocampus and forebrain, as described in the programme.

“The dressing up of the Channel 4 project as ‘research’ is flimsy, and there is a danger that such programmes may glamorise drug-taking as a form of entertainment.”

His comments came as it emerged that 1.9million people, an 11.4 per cent share of the audience, watched Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial on Wednesday night. /---/

The scientists involved in the programme, Prof David Nutt and Prof Val Curran, said: “Our research on MDMA is unique and ground-breaking in many ways. For the first time the effects of MDMA have been studied using an experimental approach with validated tasks to explore social cognitive processes which may underpin the pro-social effects of the drug.

"Moreover it is the largest and most detailed imaging study of the effects of MDMA on the brain. In the scanner we used tasks to measure brain processes never before studied under the influence of the drug such as self-referent encoding an autobiographical memory. For both tasks and during rest periods we performed state of the art analyses of brain activity and connectivity.

"Of course we are aware of the few studies looking at how the brain responds to MDMA while people are performing language or emotional tasks. Our research builds on and extends these findings.”

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 11:21

Jill Rutteri seminarikokkuvõte "Evidence and Evaluation in Policy Making: a Problem of Supply or Demand?" (PDF, 30 lk) vastab küsimusele, miks teaduslikud tõendid ei mõjuta poliitilisi otsuseid. (Vastus on üsna lihtne: puudub nõudlus, kuna poliitikud pole muutustest huvitatud.)

This report summarises the outputs from a series of four seminars held at the Institute for Government between February and May 2012, organised in collaboration with the Alliance for Useful Evidence and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. The starting point was the finding in the Institute’s 2011 report that despite years attempting to make policy more evidence based, this was still seen to be an area of weakness by both ministers and civil servants. The aim of the seminars was to explore both the changing nature of the evidence landscape but also to look at the barriers on both the supply and demand sides to better use of evidence and evaluation in policy making.

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 11:23

LA Times kirjutab, kuidas California "smaragdrohelise kolmnurga" legendaarsete kanepifarmerite aeg hakkab legaliseerimise lähenedes ümber saama.

Pioneering marijuana cultivators in the hills of Mendocino and Humboldt counties are being pushed to the margins by the legalization they long espoused. /---/

[T]his year, Andrew and Anna are hoping only that their 50 or so marijuana plants will cover the bills. Since the mid-1990s, the price of outdoor-grown marijuana has plummeted from more than $5,000 a pound to less than $2,000, and even as low as $800.

Battered by competition from indoor cultivators around the state and industrial-size operations that have invaded the North Coast counties, many of the small-time pot farmers who created the Emerald Triangle fear that their way of life of the last 40 years is coming to an end.

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 11:26

NORML-lane Paul Armentano kirjutab AlterNetis, et viimatiste gallupite valguses kujuneb november USA kanepipoliitikas tõenäoliselt revolutsiooniliseks.

Strong polling numbers on ballot initiatives across the country indicate we have a full-fledged reefer rebellion against drug laws on the way.

As we approach November, the leading Democrat and Republican presidential candidates remain conspicuously, though predictably, silent regarding the question of marijuana law reform. By contrast, much of the public and the mainstream media can’t stop talking about pot politics. That’s because voters in six states this November 6 will have their say on the subject. If present polls hold, federal officials on November 7 will have little choice but to acknowledge that they have a full fledged reefer rebellion on their hands.

Voters’ impending rejection of the drug war status quo shouldn’t come as a surprise, at least not to anyone who has been paying attention. Opinion polls over the past 12 months indicate record levels of public support for ending America’s multi-decade failed experiment with cannabis criminalization. Are a majority of Americans finally ready to voice their drug war dissent at the ballot box? In mere weeks, voters in six states will have the opportunity.

HaraldHaak
02-10-2012
kell 15:13

EMCDDA on üllitanud pajatustekogumiku uimastikasutajate kogemustest. Peaks olema suhteliselt kütkestav lugemik igale huvilisele — muu hulgas nii neile, kes pole tarvitanud, aga kaaluvad seda, kui neile, kes tarvitavad ja kaaluvad mahajätmist.

A collection of narratives from substance users in Europe about their attempts to control or reduce their consumption is released today by the EMCDDA. Entitled Users’ voices, the paper illustrates how qualitative research can provide glimpses into the experiences and perceptions of substance users that statistics alone cannot provide.

HaraldHaak
03-10-2012
kell 11:32

Kokaiiniparun Pablo Escobari lõustaga särgid lähevad Reutersi andmeil Mehhiko narkosõjapiirkondades hästi kaubaks.

Nearly two decades after Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar died in a hail of bullets, his eldest son is conquering new markets in Mexico - with a fashion line in his father's image.

Sebastian Marroquin's designer T-shirts, plastered with photos of Escobar, are hot sellers in Mexican states that are on the front lines of the country's deadly drug war.

The shirts are emblazoned with images of the Medellin cartel boss, who flooded the world with cocaine before he was shot dead in 1993. Featuring pictures from Escobar's student ID card, driver's license and other images, the shirts cost between $65 and $95 - a small fortune in a country where about half of the population lives in poverty.

"We're not trying to make an apology for drug trafficking, to glamorize it in the way that the media does," insists Marroquin, 39, who was born Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, but changed his name to avoid reprisals after his father's death.

In a bid to head off criticism that the line glorifies drug crime, the shirts carry messages to provoke reflection. One bearing Escobar's student card reads: "What's your future looking like?" while a design emblazoned with his driver's license warns: "Nice pace, but wrong way." /---/

Analysts warn that the increasingly popular 'Escobar Henao' clothing line simply reinforces an already widespread fascination with the symbols of cartel culture such as marijuana leaves and AK-47s among youngsters in Mexico. /---/

Despite the success of the clothing line in Mexico and other markets, Marroquin insists that there has been an enduring downside to his father's legacy that has followed the family in the 19 years since his death.

"In 1994, we left Colombia ... but because of our surname, we couldn't get a passport anywhere in the world ... for the crime of having Escobar DNA," says Marroquin, who lives in Argentina. "We have lived liked criminals without being them."

MachineElf
03-10-2012
kell 16:18

Eestis salviat ka liigub?

HaraldHaak
04-10-2012
kell 15:00

UK kooliõpilasi kimbutab uimastiennetuse ettekäände taha varjuv sainetoloogiakirik, vahendab The Sun.

Thousands of pupils have sat through classes inspired by the cult — while parents were kept in the dark.

The Sun has discovered anti-drugs group Narconon has even claimed the backing of some of the UK’s biggest High Street names and bagged cash from the Queen’s bank Coutts.

Our probe found that Narconon — which is inspired by the work of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — been visiting schools in Newham, East London, and Islington, North London, for four years.


Minu arust on radikaalse, mitteteadmispõhise uimastiennetuse ja -ravi äri koondumine põrunud kultide kätte tervitatav; mõistlik kodanik oskab neid siis paremini vältida. Kui kult-staatust aga varjatakse, on, mõistagi, kuri karjas.

HaraldHaak
04-10-2012
kell 15:04

Tšiilis vaetakse tõsimeeli kanepi legaliseerimist, vahendab TotT:

A proposed bill in Chile would legalize the consumption, possession and cultivation of marijuana in this South American nation. The proposed reform was introduced in July by liberal senators Fulvio Rossi and Ricard Lagos Weber.

If the bill is passed, it would legalize cannabis for both personal and medical use, reports Tom Murphy at the Santiago Times. The logic behind the bill, the Times reports, is that by creating a legal way for users to consume marijuana, drug cartels will be robbed of business by those who choose to take advantage of the legal channel.

Prior to the introduction of the legalization bill, Senator Rossi publicly admitted his own use of marijuana in an attempt to show that use doesn't equal abuse. But his comments prompted an attack by hysterical conservative opponents, who then spearheaded a bill to "prohibit marijuana use in Congress."

HaraldHaak
04-10-2012
kell 15:08

Stuart McMillen on võtnud uimastisõja-teema kokku must-valges veebikoomiksis.

Let's have a mature conversation about drugs. A conversation which recognises that drugs can consume and ruin lives... but also, that drugs can provide fun, positive experiences. Both of these stories are tru, but only one is discussed in our public discourse. The range of "acceptable" public attitudes to drugs is strangled by taboo. If we are brave, there are intelligent debates to be had.

HaraldHaak
10-10-2012
kell 11:16

Uimastipoliitika-huviline sõber soovitas: BBC teatab, et vanapaar Bedforfist kasvatas oma aias pahaaimamatult kanept. Ja veel millist kanepit!

An elderly couple have unwittingly grown the "biggest cannabis plant" police officers had seen after buying what they thought was an innocuous shrub from a car boot sale.

The couple, who live in Bedford, had planted the drug in their garden.

Police officers were astounded when they spotted the plant. They have collected it and a spokesperson said it would be disposed of.

The couple will face no action from the police.

The officers took to their @bedfordlpt Twitter account to express their surprise at the find, saying: "Seized today. Elderly couple bought shrub at car boot sale, tended carefully - biggest cannabis plant we had seen!!"

HaraldHaak
10-10-2012
kell 11:34

Maastrichti linna Hollandis on "tänu" eksperimendile nn kanepipassidega tabanud narkokuritegevuse laine, vahendab Public Service Europe. Kohalikud ametnikud eitavad seda kangekaelselt.

By driving the soft drugs trade underground, the Dutch town of Maastricht has triggered a crime wave. PublicServiceEurope.com analyses the effects of the controversial 'weed pass' law

Maastricht - formerly a mecca for drug tourists from across western Europe - has called for police reinforcements to handle "aggressive" street pushers, who have taken over almost all trade in marijuana and cannabis since authorities introduced tighter controls on legal outlets. The Dutch town's Mayor Onno Hoes wants to double the number of dedicated police officers in order to control the black market, which has benefited from the region's draconian "weed pass" law.

Hoes also wants one of the key elements of the weed pass system dropped - the requirement that all soft drug consumers become registered members of 'coffee shop clubs' - after finding that the vast majority of consumers refused to apply. Separate rules requiring joint smokers to prove they are local residents are set to stay, however. The weed pass came into effect in Maastricht, a border town close to both Belgium and Germany, on May 1. It killed off an international trade that had thrived for decades.

"The market has become smaller and smaller for drug runners," says Gertjan Bos, Hoes' spokesman. "So they have become very aggressive on the street. They are much more visible now and they are causing more trouble. That's why mayor Hoes has called for more police." Local users prefer to buy from illegal drug dealers - some of whom offer 'weed-cab' services over the internet - rather than join the official coffee shop clubs, Bos admits to PublicServiceEurope.com. "The students and other users dare not join for privacy reasons," he says. Many fear that by signing up for membership, they could restrict their ability to apply for sensitive jobs - such as those in government - at a later date.

Bos, however, denies claims there has been an explosion in illegal drug dealers since authorities effectively forced much of the industry to go underground. "There has been no increase and no decrease in the number of drug runners and drug dealers," he says. "The weed pass has been a success as 1.5 million people who used to come from abroad are not coming anymore". Neither have local businesses been hit by the decline in tourists, according to Bos, other than burger bars. "The fast food restaurants around the old market said they saw a decline in profits of 15 per cent when the new measures were introduced, but since then they say that part of their profits have come back. We haven't seen any other decrease in profits from other businesses". Around half of the town's 14 coffee shops remain closed.

Local press coverage suggests this official picture is far from complete /---/

The political scene elsewhere in the Netherlands, meanwhile, is changing. Towns in the north of the country are lobbying against the weed pass - which in theory comes into force nationwide in 2013. Politicians in the newly elected Dutch government are said to be less enthusiastic than their predecessors about the reforms. Given that the weed pass was introduced to control what Maastricht's mayor called the "nuisance" of foreign drug tourists, it can hardly be labelled a success. By driving the trade underground the local authorities have exchanged a foreign-made nuisance for a home-grown boom in criminality - to the extent that the mayor now wants to row back on his initiative. Even those opposed to soft drugs have come to admit that legalised, controlled use has its advantages.

pahareino
10-10-2012
kell 12:29

y tnks lingi eest

HaraldHaak
11-10-2012
kell 09:56

14news.com vahendab Regional News Networki põhjalikumat ülevaadet tänavustest kanepi legaliseerimise teemalistest rahvaküsitlustest mitmes USA ühendriigis. Nenditakse, et seekord pole tegu mingi tsirkusega, vaid asi on tõsine.

In November, voters in Colorado, Washington and Oregon will consider legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Although similar initiatives have failed in the past, this time the groups fighting to legalize pot are well-organized, professional and backed by high-dollar donors willing to outspend the competition.

In Colorado, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has produced several advertisements that hammer home the idea that marijuana is healthier than alcohol. The campaign's website points to medical studies that claim marijuana, unlike alcohol, has not been linked to cancer, brain damage, addiction or high healthcare costs.

In an online video ad campaign, CRMLA has young adults explaining to their parents they prefer marijuana to alcohol. In one of the ads, titled Dear Mom, a 20-something woman tells her mother marijuana is "better for my body, I don't get hungover and honestly I feel safer around marijuana users."

In Washington, the approach is different. Rather than comparing marijuana to alcohol, New Approach Washington is focusing on the pragmatics of legalization, arguing prohibition of marijuana does more harm than good, by wasting tax dollars on law enforcement while making criminal organizations rich.

That message is conveyed through a popular television commercial where a suburban mom-type says, "I don't like it personally, but it's time for a conversation about legalizing marijuana. It's a multi-million dollar industry in Washington state, and we get no benefit."

She goes on to describe the possible benefits of legalization through saved law enforcement dollars and extra tax revenue.

These efforts appear to be working. In Washington, 50 percent of voters say marijuana should be legal while 38 percent say it should not, according to an Elway Research poll. And in Colorado, a Denver Post poll showed 51 percent of Coloradans were in favor of legalization, while 41 percent opposed it.

HaraldHaak
11-10-2012
kell 11:16

Dominic Holdeni blogis selle lingi all on kaks poliitilist reklaamvideot, milles endised korrakaitseametnikud räägivad, miks kanepi legaliseerimine Washingtonis hea mõte on.

This is a big deal: The new ads for Initiative 502 that begin airing today, which encourage Washington to become the first state to legalize marijuana, star former federal law enforcement.

I know—if you watch politics around here, you know they're on board and their endorsement seems... banal. Don't be jaded. Former US Attorneys John McKay and Kate Pflaumer, along with the FBI's Charlie Mandigo, make the most persuasive case for legalization: Pot laws result in using limited law enforcement resources that should instead be focused on violent crime.

Every time that pot legalization—even decriminalization—has gone to voters in other states, federal law enforcement have delivered the coup de grace, largely by virtue of their credibility. This time, it's the opposite. These prosecutors and an agent get in the first word for legalization, and with $1 million in the bank and up to $2 million more on the way, the New Approach Washington campaign is going to hit this message hard. This is a coup.

HaraldHaak
11-10-2012
kell 15:59

Sõda uimastitega on USA-s aidanud turul kohaliku metamfetamiini vahetada mehhiklaste eriti odava ja kange kraami vastu, vahendab AP lugu Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.

Mexican drug cartels are quietly filling the void in the nation's drug market created by the long effort to crack down on American-made methamphetamine, flooding U.S. cities with exceptionally cheap, extraordinarily potent meth from factorylike "superlabs."

Although Mexican meth is not new to the U.S. drug trade, it now accounts for as much as 80 percent of the meth sold here, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. And it is as much as 90 percent pure, a level that offers users a faster, more intense and longer-lasting high. /---/

The cartels are expanding into the U.S. meth market just as they did with heroin: developing an inexpensive, highly addictive form of the drug and sending it through the same pipeline already used to funnel marijuana and cocaine, authorities said. /---/

The rise of Mexican meth doesn't mean that American labs have disappeared. The number of U.S. meth labs continues to rise even as federal, state and local laws place heavy restrictions on the purchase of cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, a major component in the most common meth recipe.

The crackdowns that began a decade ago have made it harder to prepare large batches, so many American meth users have turned to a simpler method that uses a 2-liter soda bottle filled with just enough ingredients to produce a small amount of the drug for personal use. /---/

Because methamphetamine is a synthetic drug that the cartels can make for themselves, the profit potential is enormous.

"It's not plant-based," Weisheit said. "It can be completely produced in Mexico. It's very compact, and that makes it easy to smuggle."

HaraldHaak
15-10-2012
kell 09:26

Kuus aastat asja uurinud Ühendkuningriigi uimastikpoliitika sõltumatu nõukomisjon UKDCP soovitab uimastipruukimise dekriminaliseerida, vahendab The Guardian.

A six-year study of Britain's drug laws by leading scientists, police officers, academics and experts has concluded it is time to introduce decriminalisation.

The report by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body, says possession of small amounts of controlled drugs should no longer be a criminal offence and concludes the move will not lead to a significant increase in use.

The experts say the criminal sanctions imposed on the 42,000 people sentenced each year for possession of all drugs – and the 160,000 given cannabis warnings – should be replaced with simple civil penalties such as a fine, attendance at a drug awareness session or a referral to a drug treatment programme.

They also say that imposing minimal or no sanctions on those growing cannabis for personal use could go some way to undermining the burgeoning illicit cannabis factories controlled by organised crime.

But their report rejects any more radical move to legalisation, saying that allowing the legal sale of drugs such as heroin or cocaine could cause more damage than the existing drugs trade. /---/

The 173-page report concludes: "Taking drugs does not always cause problems, but this is rarely acknowledged by policymakers. In fact most users do not experience significant problems, and there is some evidence that drug use can have benefits in some circumstances."

The commission's radical critique says the current UK approach is simplistic in seeing all drug use as problematic, fails to recognise that entrenched drug problems are linked to inequality and social exclusion, and that separating drugs from alcohol and tobacco use makes it more difficult to tackle the full range of an individual's substance use.

HaraldHaak
15-10-2012
kell 09:29

Reuters vahendab Brad Pitti sõnu, kes neid uimastisõja suhtes arvamust avaldades suurt ei vali.

Brad Pitt has thrown his weight behind a documentary that blasts America's 40-year war on drugs as a failure, calling policies that imprison huge numbers of drug-users a "charade" in urgent need of a rethink.

The Hollywood actor came aboard recently as an executive producer of filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's "The House I Live In," which won the Grand Jury Prize in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The film opened in wide release in the United States on Friday.

Ahead of a Los Angeles screening, Pitt and Jarecki spoke passionately about the "War on Drugs" which, according to the documentary, has cost more than $1 trillion and accounted for over 45 million arrests since 1971, and which preys largely on poor and minority communities.

"I know people are suffering because of it. I know I've lived a very privileged life in comparison and I can't stand for it," Pitt told Reuters on Friday, calling the government's War on Drugs policy a "charade."

"It's such bad strategy. It makes no sense. It perpetuates itself. You make a bust, you drive up profit, which makes more people want to get into it," he added. "To me, there's no question; we have to rethink this policy and we have to rethink it now."


Kirjatüki tegelik peateema on aimefilm "The House I Live In".

The Los Angeles Times called the film "one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years," while the Hollywood Reporter said it was a "potent cry for a drastic rethinking of America's War on Drugs" and that the film "should connect solidly with viewers at a moment when it seems possible to change public attitudes."

HaraldHaak
15-10-2012
kell 09:33

Agitaator The Agitator annab teada järjekordsest "isoleeritud juhtumist", kus uimastisõja ettekäändel terroriseeriti lapsi ja mingeid sanktsioone ei järgnenud.

Montana SWAT team drops a flash grenade through a window into a bedroom where two children are sleeping. No arrests. No alleged meth lab.

A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to one side of her body when a flash grenade went off next to her as a police SWAT team raided a West End home Tuesday morning.

“She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms,” said the girl’s mother, Jackie Fasching. “She’s got severe pain. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes.” /---/

Police Chief Rich St. John said the 6 a.m. raid at 2128 Custer Ave., was to execute a search warrant as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the City-County Special Investigations Unit . . .

“It was totally unforeseen, totally unplanned and extremely regrettable,” St. John said. “We certainly did not want a juvenile, or anyone else for that matter, to get injured.”

HaraldHaak
15-10-2012
kell 09:37

Lapsesuine USA uimastipolitseinik tunnistab ausalt üles, et uimastiseadused on vahend selliste inimeste vahistamiseks, keda politseijõud väga sooviksid vahistada, aga mittepädevuse tõttu lihtsalt ei saa. (KPLU.org)

As for who is being arrested now, Pat Slack, commander of the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force, says it isn’t usually people who are just out to get high.

“Are there people in jail for possession of marijuana? Ya, there are, but most of ‘em have violated a parole or probation,” he said.

In other words, he says, their marijuana use led them to do other things.

“So the judge has said you can’t use marijuana, because when you use marijuana you commit other crimes and then they get caught with it and they go to jail,” Slack said.

Slack, who is opposed to legalizing pot, says marijuana busts are an important part of law enforcement’s arsenal when it comes fighting crime.

For example, he says, as an officer, you might get a call to go to the local 7-11 because of a public disturbance. You get there and find the perpetrators have marijuana on them. You can book them and take them to jail.

Or, perhaps, you have a major crime case. The police can hold the suspect on a marijuana charge to buy time while they investigate.

“Whether it’s a robbery or murder or rape or burglary, or whatever. So, yeah, it’s a tool,” he said.

HaraldHaak
16-10-2012
kell 12:45

Kuus aastat asja uurinud Ühendkuningriigi uimastikpoliitika sõltumatu nõukomisjon UKDCP soovitab uimastipruukimise dekriminaliseerida, vahendab The Guardian.

Sama värk eesti keeles

Ühendkuningriigi uimastinõunikud kinnitavad, et väikeste uimastikoguste omamise lubamine ei tooks kaasa uimastipruukimise määrade olulist kasvu.

Briti uimastiseaduseid kuus aastat uurinud juhtivad teadlased, politseiametnikud, akadeemikud ja eksperdid on jõudnud järeldusele, et aeg dekriminaliseerimiseks on küps, vahendab päevaleht The Guardian.

Ühendkuningriigi uimastipoliitika sõltumatu nõustamiskomisjoni UKDPC osutusel ei tohiks väikeste koguste keelatud uimastite omamine enam olla kriminaalselt karistatav ning taoline samm ei tooks kaasa tarbimisnäitajate märkimisväärset kasvu. /---/

Küll aga välistab aruanne radikaalsema lahenduse — legaliseerimise —, väites, et selliste uimastite nagu heroiin või kokaiin legaalne müük võiks tuua kaasa rohkem probleeme kui praegu toimiv narkokaubandus. /---/

Aruanne teatab, et ehkki keelatud uimastite kasutamise määrad on Suurbritannias viimastel aastatel alanenud, on need siiski märksa suuremad kui paljudes teistes riikides. Aastas põhjustavad uimastid Ühendkuningriigis keskeltläbi 2000 inimese surma, probleemseid pruukijaid on rohkem kui 380 000.

173-leheküljelise aruande kokkuvõte ütleb:

„Uimastite pruukimine ei too alati kaasa probleeme, kuid poliitika kujundajad teadvustavad seda tõsiasja haruharva. Tegelikult enamusel uimastikasutajaist erilisi probleeme ei tekigi ning mõned tõendid annavad hoopis mõista, et teatud tingimustel võib uimastitest hoopis kasu olla.“

Komisjoni terava kriitika on pälvinud Ühendkuningriigi valitsuse lihtsakoeline lähenemine, mille kohaselt on igasugune uimastikasutus problemaatiline ja mis samas eirab tõsiasju, et süvenevad uimastiprobleemid seonduvad ebavõrduse ja ühiskondliku tõrjutusega ning et muude narkootiliste ainete eraldamine alkoholist ja tubakast muudab üksikisikute uimastipruukimisega seonduvate probleemide igakülgse lahendamise keerulisemaks. /---/

Komisjon leiab, et katset tuleks teha värske lähenemisega, mis rajaneks olemasolevatel teaduslikel tõenditel. Olulisemate ettepanekutena pakutakse välja järgmised punktid...

HaraldHaak
17-10-2012
kell 09:20

Simon Jenkins jaurab The Guardianis. Pealkiri on tõlkimatu, kuna eesti keeles tähistatakse termineid "politics" ja "policy" enamasti sama sõnaga.

Britain on drugs is where China is on hanging, Saudi Arabia on beating, Russia on censorship and the Taliban on girls’ education. Drugs policy is the last legislative wilderness where “here be dragons”, a hangover from days when abortion and homosexuality were illegal and divorce expensive. /---/

The mere word drugs gives every politician the heebie-jeebies and turns libertarians into control freaks. /---/

What should be researched is not drugs policy but drugs politics, the hold that taboo has on those in power, and the thrall that rightwing newspapers have over them. This has nothing to do with public opinion, which is now strongly in favour of reform. Most sensible people find the present regime disastrous and want drugs regulated, rather than the wild west that is the urban drug scene today. It is politicians who think “soft on drugs” implies some loss of potency.

simpsonest
18-10-2012
kell 02:59

. . . poisid kus kama on ?

HaraldHaak
18-10-2012
kell 07:47

Režissöör Eugene Jarecki räägib The Daily Show's filmist "The House I Live In". Osa 1. Osa 2.

"The House I Live In" director Eugene Jarecki investigates the financial, social and moral failure of America's war on drugs, suggests policy alternatives to throwing drug offenders into prison.

HaraldHaak
18-10-2012
kell 09:57

Lekkinud on video Kabulis teenivatest USA julgeolekuettevõtte töötajatest (või kuidas on "security contractor" eesti keeles? Erasõjaväelane?), kes looma moodi joovad ja käituvad. Kaadrisse on jäänud ka kahtlaseid süstlaid.

Cellphone video recorded earlier this year at an operations center of a U.S. security contractor in Kabul, Afghanistan appears to show key personnel staggeringly drunk or high on narcotics, in what former employees say was a pattern of outrageous behavior that put American lives at risk and went undetected by U.S. military officials who are supposed to oversee such contractors.

HaraldHaak
18-10-2012
kell 10:00

Eksmedvend ja tervisehariduse õpetaja Ron Marczyk kirjutab TotT'is, et kanepist võiks abi olla politseitöötajatele, kelle töö on muidu väga tervistkahjustava iseloomuga.

Could substituting marijuana for alcohol use greatly decrease rates of burnout, alcoholism, suicide, depression and divorce, domestic violence and PTSD among the nation's police officers? Police have on average life expectancies 10 years less than the average person; they also kill themselves at higher rates than the average American.

Marijuana is an exit drug for alcohol abuse and is also "an anti-suicide medicine."

So why not allow police officers to use the safest recreational drug known to science?

No Quarter
18-10-2012
kell 23:52

Lekkinud on video Kabulis teenivatest USA julgeolekuettevõtte töötajatest (või kuidas on "security contractor" eesti keeles? Erasõjaväelane?), kes looma moodi joovad ja käituvad. Kaadrisse on jäänud ka kahtlaseid süstlaid.

Väike ketamiin kulub ikka peale rasket töööpäeva ära :)

HaraldHaak
22-10-2012
kell 10:40

AP on Uruguay viimase aja reformide teema pikemas artiklis kokku võtnud. Artikkel ise keskendub peamiselt riigi ekstsentrilise presidendi ekstsentrilisusele. Vahendab Bellingham Herald:

Uruguayans used to call their country the Switzerland of Latin America, but its faded grey capital seems a bit more like Amsterdam now that its congress has legalized abortion and is drawing up plans to sell government-grown marijuana.

Both measures would be unthinkable in many other countries. Cuba is the only other nation in the region that makes first-trimester abortions accessible to all women, and no country in the world produces and sells pot for drug users to enjoy.

But President Jose "Pepe" Mujica, a flower-farming former leftist guerrilla, vowed to sign whatever bill congress could settle on that can minimize the 30,000 illegal abortions his government says Uruguayan women suffer annually.

And while lawmakers have yet to debate pot sales, Mujica's ruling Broad Front coalition staked its ground in August by openly declaring that the drug war has failed. Smoking pot - if not growing and selling it - is already legal in Uruguay, and supplying the weed is a $30 million business, the government said. /---/

Mujica, who entered politics after spending 14 years in prison during Uruguay's dictatorship, is an unusual leader by any standard.

He gives away 90 percent of his salary, doesn't have a bank account, drives a 41-year-old Volkswagen and never wears a tie. Now 77 and nearing the end of his five-year term, he has been talking a lot lately about stepping back and finding the joy in simple things, reflecting a personal style that goes to extremes of austerity.

"Mujica is a very strange, singular figure and yet he expresses this singular desire that Uruguayans in general have," Caetano said during an interview in his Montevideo apartment, where thousands of books spilled off the shelves. "Uruguayans like having unusual politicians, but they don't like authoritarians. They don't want leaders who are remote or confrontational."

mu5tr1d
22-10-2012
kell 12:59

Selle lühida kirjelduse kohaselt tundub päris lahe tüüp - teeb silmad ette pea kõigile valitsejatele. OT: Mina muidugimõista ei poolda ühtegi valitsust, ühiskond võiks koosneda kogukondadest ja tähtsalt kohal oleks guru arvamus.

HaraldHaak
22-10-2012
kell 15:52

Mina muidugimõista ei poolda ühtegi valitsust, ühiskond võiks koosneda kogukondadest ja tähtsalt kohal oleks guru arvamus.

Esiteks, ühiskond koosnebki kogukondadest. Teiseks, selle valitsusevormi nimi, kus faktidest tähtsamaks hinnatakse mingi onku arvamust, on autokraatia, mitte valitsuse puudumine. Kui onku on lisaks vanaldane (nagu gurud traditsiooniliselt kipuvad olema), siis gerontokraatia. Loodan südamest, et taolised valitsusvormid Eestisse väljaspool rangelt autokraatset isakeskset peremudelit kunagi ei naase. Püsimaks teemas — just allumine "gurude" ja muude tagurlike puuslike autokraatiale on suuresti süüdi uimastisõjalises katastroofis.

Iga guru, metsatark, šamaan, teadlane, poliitik ja kodanik, kes leiab, et tema arvamust peaks hindama eraldi faktidest, on väärt vaid põlgust. Nagu on põlgust väärt rahvaesindajad, kes fakte endale teadvustades arutut poliitikat jätkavad või on nii lollid, et fakte ära ei tunne.

major laks
22-10-2012
kell 16:45

pea n'd pea. mis sellel guru arvamusel viga on, kui seda kellelegi peale ei suruta? mingit krdi anarhiat soovid vä? häbiväärne on isikukultuse vägivaldne kehtestamine, mitte vanema inimese arvamuse ultimaatses põlastusväärsuses. kui keegi noorem isik leiab vanema inimese jutus Tõe Tera, siis jumal temaga.

või sa tahad väita, et joomine on väär ja tervisele kahjulik, või mida?

mul hakkab kergelt ruutu ette viskama see uus nõiajaht, et paneme kõik vähegi teisiti mõtlevad inimesed seina äärde, kes ei suuda iga oma sõna mingite standardiameti kehtestatud faktidega kindlustada. närige pori, seltsimehed! kõigepealt esitage mulle kogu maakera ajalugu täiesti vastuvaidlematute faktidena, siis räägime edasi.

major laks
22-10-2012
kell 16:48

ses suhtes, et andkem endale aru ja ärgem kaldugem ühest äärmusest teise, eksole. mul pole midagi teaduspõhise maailmakorralduse vastu, aga ma ei arva ka, et seda peaks omaette kummardama hakkama. fakte võib fabritseerida täpselt sama moodi vastavalt vajadusele.

nomaad
22-10-2012
kell 19:14

Jepp, tüübid, kes on veendunud, et maailma võib - isegi peab - jagama rangelt arvamusteks ja faktideks, objektiivseks ja subjektiivseks, ning inimlikud otsused õigeks või valeks, mõistuspäraseks või mõistusevastaseks, hirmutavad mind sama palju kui need, kes arvavad, et neid eristusi ei ole üldse võimalik teha.

HaraldHaak
23-10-2012
kell 09:18

Oeh. Mu point oli, et avalikku poliitikat, nt haridus-, immigratsiooni- või uimastipoliitikat ei saa lihtsalt arvamuste põhjal mõistuspäraselt kujundada, mitte, et alusetud arvajad tuleks seina äärde panna. Globaalse uimastipoliitika krahhi peamine põhjus on, et seda kujundades ei lähtutud faktidest, vaid alusetust arvamusest, et lauskeelustamise ja karistamisega on võimalik inimeste uimastikäitumist kuidagi mõistuspäraselt suunata.

HaraldHaak
23-10-2012
kell 09:22

Aga sellega ma ei saa nõus olla, et objektiivse ja subjektiivse, arvamuse ja fakti vahel vahetegemine põhimõttelistes küsimustes on kuidagi hirmus. Mida hirmsat on mõtteselguses?

HaraldHaak
23-10-2012
kell 09:48

Mingi seltskond on avastanud, et USA kodanikkonna enamus toetab kanepi dekriminaliseerimist ja/või meditsiinilise ja/või rekreatiivse kasutuse legaliseerimist, ning visanud 15 päeva enne valimispäeva üles veebilehe "The Marijuana Majority".

[T]oo many people who support replacing marijuana prohibition with legalization or decriminalization are afraid to say so. Because they don’t realize that a majority of Americans — including some of the most influential voices from across the political spectrum — feel exactly the same way, these silenced supporters see speaking out as risky.

Marijuana Majority exists to help people understand that ending our ineffective and harmful marijuana prohibition laws not only makes perfect policy sense, but is a completely mainstream position that enjoys broad support.

On this site, we’ve collected in one place quotes and videos from politicians, religious leaders, celebrities, medical professionals, members of law enforcement and others who think it’s time to end the war on marijuana. And we’ve made it easy to search by issue and by type of person or organization so you can, for example, see members of Congress, actors, medical organizations and business leaders who support decriminalizing marijuana, allowing medical marijuana or legalizing and regulating marijuana sales.

HaraldHaak
23-10-2012
kell 12:55

Hea näide sellest, milliste totrusteni võib jõuda, kui arvamus faktidest ülemaks tõsta: The Guardiani Decca Aitkenhead küsitles pöörastest ogarustest kubiseva raamatu "The War We Never Fought" autorit, vale venda Hitchensit. Ehkki artikli autor marumoralistiga ei nõustu, kirjeldab ta Peter Hitchensit mehena, keda on võimatu mitte respekteerida.

The War We Never Fought makes a characteristically counter-intuitive argument. It is nonsense to say the war on drugs has failed, Hitchens contends, when in actual fact we have never even tried to wage it. Drug-taking was, in effect, decriminalised by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, ever since when the authorities have deployed the rhetoric of toughness to conceal the truth that we are free to take drugs with impunity, knowing our crime will probably be ignored, or at worst not punished but "treated". It suits the liberal elite to pretend the draconian rhetoric is true, because it justifies their claim that the law is unjustly repressive and should be abolished altogether. The solution to the alleged failure of the war is not to give up and give in, but to start fighting it.

The author's great merit is his honesty. "Drug-taking," Hitchens writes, "is the purest form of self-indulgence," for it severs the link between hard work and reward, making "deferred gratification appear a waste of time and a foolish rejection of readily available delight". He regards all forms of self-stupefecation as morally wrong, and unlike others who make the case against drugs on legal or medical grounds is quite candid: this is ultimately, he says, a moral argument. The downside is that once he has stated this position, there is not much more to say. It would barely sustain a column, let alone a book; you either agree with him, or you do not. So he is drawn into making all sorts of arguments based on health, science and judicial statistics, none of which stands up.

Hitchens thinks the legal drug classification system, under which cannabis is considered less dangerous than heroin or crack, is "scientifically meaningless". Has he ever seen someone trying to give up heroin? "No, I can't claim to know what it looks like, no." Has he ever seen anyone trying to give up cannabis? "No." Does he think the two are equivalent? "Well, since I haven't seen either of them, I don't know. But as I don't believe in addiction, it's of no interest to me."

Hitchens thinks there is no such thing as addiction? "No, it's just laughable. I believe in free will. People take drugs because they enjoy it." I agree that many people take drugs such as cannabis because they like it – but doesn't he wonder why those same people would never dream of touching heroin? Happy, successful, stable people seldom inject smack, whereas most junkies suffered catastrophic childhoods, often in care and often abused. Doesn't that tell us something critically important about the difference between drugs?

"Yeah, but ultimately, so what? All these people would be helped by a properly enforced law which punished them for doing it, because then fewer would do it, and they'd be rescued from it." If the horror of heroin addiction is insufficient to deter someone from shooting up, the prospect of being arrested is unlikely to put them off. But Hitchens places unfathomable faith in the power of the law to control human behaviour.

HaraldHaak
23-10-2012
kell 13:03

Colin Freeman avaldab The Telegraphis arvamust uimastipoliitika teemadel ning räägib olukorrast Iraanis, Jeemenis ja Somaalias — esimeses olevat rahva ärksa vaimu hävitanud kõikjaldane oopium, ülejäänutes khat.

Alcohol is at least an honest poison: anyone who over-indulges will suffer a hangover the next day, which acts as a built-in limiter on consumption (I am writing this blog post, for example, with a foul headache from last night's mix of beer, vodka, wine and beer again, and have no intention of going near any of them tonight). Other substances, such as opium, marijuana, and khat, the amphetamine-filled leaf popular in Somalia and Yemen, exact no such immediate penalties on the constitution. Instead, they act in a much more insidious fashion, which can allow their use to become far more widespread.

Take Iran, for example, where alcohol is officially banned, but where opium is easily available from over the Afghan border. As I reported during a visit there in 2008, the country now has around two million opium addicts, and in towns like Aradan, doctors estimate that 50 per cent of the population are hooked, much to the embarrassment of President Ahmadinejad, whose birthplace it is. True, the Iranian government executes large numbers of drug smugglers every year, which many take as proof that law enforcement solutions don't work. But for Mr Ahmadinejad, that's just one way of looking at it. While executing drug dealers doesn't entirely eradicate the presence of drugs in Iran, removing the death penalty could increase it, creating even more junkies in his home town.

Even less encouraging is the picture in Yemen and Somalia, the only two countries I know of where psychotropic drugs are a mainstream national pastime. For the benefit of those who have never tried it (and who can't be bothered to read my book about Somalia), chewing khat makes you feel sociable and euphoric: Westerners often liken it to a mild form of ecstasy. Everyone from taxi drivers to government ministers indulges, and for visiting journalists, taking part in a communal "chew" can be a great way to get interviewees to open up.

However, the fact that khat has no immediately debilitating side-effects – save for aching jaws for novices like me – means that Yemenis and Somalis are prone to overindulging, to the point where it has seriously cramped their work ethic. Trying to get anything done after 2pm is all but impossible, as most menfolk, rich and poor, are busy chewing. Thanks to khat's amphetamine effect, afternoon sessions will also often go on into the small hours, and while it doesn't necessarily stop people going into work the next day, they're seldom at their best.

In effect, both countries have become somewhat like the mythical Land of the Lotus Eaters, their people spending much of their time in a benign stupor that may not render them entirely incapable, but certainly saps their potential. Yes, of course, somewhere like Yemen is very different to the UK. But if anyone wants to know what a society where drugs are an accepted part of life looks like, this is a glimpse. It may not be the end of civilisation as we know it, but it isn't exactly the pinnacle either.

HaraldHaak
23-10-2012
kell 14:58

Lekkinud on video Kabulis teenivatest USA erasõjaväelastest, kes looma moodi joovad ja käituvad. Kaadrisse on jäänud ka kahtlaseid süstlaid.

Üks kaadrisse jäänud pummeldajatest on ütlusi andnud. Vabandus on varnast võtta: Kabulis oli nii jube olla, et pidi end alatasa uimastama. Ütlusi vahendab ABC News radio.

An American security contractor in Afghanistan, who was caught on video so stoned that he couldn't speak, told ABC News that the "nightmare" environment in which he felt trapped drove him to drugs. /---/

[B]efore he was let go, Carlson says drugs and alcohol were commonplace in the Jorge Scientific facility, in which employees were supposed to be ready 24/7 in case of attack.

"There's no way if we ever came under attack that they'd be able to do anything to protect or repel an invasion or an attack," Carlson told ABC News. /---/

He said he escaped by taking painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, such as Percocet and Diazepam. As for the Ketamine he injected in his arm the night his medical skills were needed, he says it gave his mind "a mental break."

"I didn't want to use alcohol because that impaired you for so long and you have the effects the next day. So I chose Ketamine. I would take the Ketamine every once in a while just to give my mind a break and escape from the reality that was actually going on."

According to Carlson, he wasn't the only one abusing drugs. Other Jorge employees knew what the medic stocked and would "just come to my medicine cabinet and take it." He says many of those contractors would mix the drugs with alcohol, which he says would intensify the high. /---/

While the military is tasked with overseeing contractors in the region, Carlson says the only Army personnel he saw visit the Jorge facility came to join in on the partying.

Serial K
23-10-2012
kell 15:10

palgasõdur on see sõna

HaraldHaak
23-10-2012
kell 15:37

Aitäh, on vist küll, või vähemalt on contractor termini mercenary kategooria.

Siin üks härra hädaldab, et mõlemad terminid on kallutatud:

I am not suggesting we should call all these modern "security contractors" mercenaries, for it would look as if we intended to insult them. I merely lament the existence of yet another pair of tendentious words for the same thing, like terrorist/freedom fighter and nuclear weapon/deterrent. A contractor and a mercenary are indistinguishable, except that the one is approved of by the writer and the other not. There is no neutral term, and no way writers can consistently use the same word for the same thing without adopting attitudes.

Serial K
23-10-2012
kell 15:46

"paramilitaar" on ka tore sõna

HaraldHaak
24-10-2012
kell 15:09

Pikem artikkel professor Donald "kanep ei tekita, vaid ennetab kopsuvähki" Tashkini kunagistest ja värskematest tegemistest ilmus AlterNetis.

You'd think it would have been very big news in the spring of 2005 when Donald Tashkin, a professor of pulmonology at UCLA's David Geffin School of Medicine, revealed at a conference that components of marijuana smoke, although they damage cells in respiratory tissue, somehow prevent them from becoming malignant. But headlines announcing "Pot Doesn't Cause Cancer" did not ensue.

Tashkin will review his findings and discuss current research this Thursday in Santa Monica, California as part of a course for doctors accredited by the University of California San Francisco. (It is open to the public; pre-registration is $95.)

Tashkin has special credibility. He was the lead investigator on studies dating back to the 1970s that identified the compounds in marijuana smoke that are toxic. It was Tashkin who published photomicrographs showing that marijuana smoke damages cells lining the upper airways. It was the Tashkin lab reporting that benzpyrene -a component of tobacco smoke that plays a role in most lung cancers- is especially prevalent in marijuana smoke. It was Tashkin's data documenting that marijuana smokers are more likely than non-smokers to cough, wheeze, and produce sputum.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse supported Tashkin's marijuana-related research over the decades and readily gave him a grant to conduct a large, population-based, case-controlled study that would prove definitively that heavy, long-term marijuana use increases the risk of lung and upper-airways cancers. What Tashkin and his colleagues found, however, disproved their hypothesis.

HaraldHaak
24-10-2012
kell 15:13

Colorado maksuametnik avameelitseb "60 minutis": Denveri aitas majanduskrahhist välja kanep (Allikas: Raw Story)

In a 13-minute segment broadcast Sunday night, CBS’s “60 Minutes” explored Colorado’s budding medical marijuana industry, and heard from a former drug cop turned tax enforcer who insisted that the industry has helped Denver beat the recession.

That runs contrary to President Barack Obama’s logic: he said in 2010 that legalizing marijuana is not “a good strategy to grow our economy.”

But the economic impact on Denver? According to Matt Cook, a former narcotics officer who oversees enforcement at the Colorado Department of Revenue, “it’s huge.”

Cook helped write the state’s medical marijuana law, and works as a consultant for medical marijuana businesses in the state. Speaking to “60 Minutes,” he said that the industry accounts for “over a million square feet of lease space in the Denver area.”

“Look at all the electrical contractors, HVAC contractors,” he said. “The number of ancillary businesses — it’s huge. Tax revenues exceeded, I believe the last number I heard was an excess of $20 million.”

HaraldHaak
25-10-2012
kell 09:34

NORML teatab HuffPo ja YouGov'i üleriigilisest ühisgallupist, mille kohaselt pooldab kanepi legaliseerimist enneolematu 59 protsenti USA kodanikkonnast.

The survey asked 1,000 U.S. adults their views on the legalization of marijuana and provided them four options to select from. The breakdown is as follows:

1) Marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated like alcohol – 51%
2) Marijuana should be legalized but NOT taxed and regulated like alcohol – 8%
3) Marijuana should not be legalized – 26%
4) Not sure – 15%

These results show a continued upward trend in support for marijuana legalization in this country. Last year, Gallup recorded support out pacing opposition, 50% to 46%, for the first time in about four decades of polling on the question. Another survey by AngusReid had support for legalization as high as 56%. Worth noting in this recent data is that much of the country is still not comfortable with the unregulated “tomato” model of legalization and prefer regulations similar to alcohol by about 5 to 1 (52% to 8%).

HaraldHaak
25-10-2012
kell 12:29

Sõltuvusspetsialist Maia Szalavitz tuhmistab The Fixis psühhedeelse aine ibogaiini kui ohutu ja tõhusa (opioidi)võõrutusravimi oreooli.

While animal and human research data show that ibogaine undoubtedly does relieve opioid withdrawal—and the drug is now being used in dozens of clinics around the world, often illegally—it’s important to know first that, sadly, it is apparently not as safe as was once believed. It is illegal in the US, although St. Kitts and Mexico have government-regulated facilities that offer it legally—in Mexico it is considered an “experimental” drug.

At least 19 people have died while taking ibogaine; most of them had pre-existing medical problems and many used other drugs on top, but the drug itself still appears to be risky to the heart. In fact, a major website that supports ibogaine therapy suggests that it has a death rate of 1 in 300, a mortality risk so high that this alone would likely preclude FDA approval if the drug was proven effective and the danger could not be mitigated. /---/

So, what do I think of ibogaine, after all this? It offers pharmacologists a place to start in developing safer drugs that provide similar effects. But it’s definitely not something I’d suggest anyone I care for take as a first or even second or third choice. (Personally, I find the idea of combining detox with an intense, even traumatic, psychedelic trip that might kill me more terrifying than withdrawal alone, but that’s just me.)

That said, if someone is at high risk of death after years of addiction and failed treatments and is unwilling to do anything else anyway, I can understand the choice. In that case, I’d try to find the safest, most regulated clinic possible—absolutely one that does heart monitoring—and be sure first that the person had medical tests that at least ruled out the obvious heart and liver problems that are known to increase danger.

It is true that government fears about psychedelics and pharma patent issues have gotten in the way of ibogaine research—and I wish there was better data available. But as it stands now, with underground clinics around the world and clear evidence for mechanisms by which it may be toxic, it’s better to see ibogaine simply as evidence that a psychedelic, withdrawal-blocking and possibly craving-fighting drug is possible, not as a viable current treatment option for most people with opioid addictions.

HaraldHaak
30-10-2012
kell 15:14

Hüvasti, wietpas! Holland loobus kurikuulsast kanepipassiseadusest enne, kui see üleriigiliselt kehtima jõudis hakata. Päris vana moodi siiski ei jätkata; turistidele müüki tahetakse ikka kuidagi piirata. Kuidas täpselt, ei tea veel keegi ning see võib kujuneda maakonniti erinevaks. (Dutch News).

The new cabinet plans to press ahead with restricting access to the country's cannabis cafes to local residents but is dropping the introduction of compulsory registration of users via a membership card system.

'The wietpas will go but entrance to coffee shops will be restricted to residents with ID or a residency permit and a local council statement of residency,’ the coalition agreement published on Monday afternoon states.

However, the coalition agreement goes on to say that determining how this residency requirement is applied will be done ‘in discussion with the local councils concerned and if necessary phased in’. This will allow a tailor-made approach per locality, the agreement states.

HaraldHaak
30-10-2012
kell 15:27

No kes küll oleks võinud midagi sellist ette näha! The Independent teatab tubakaseaduse muudatuste uskumatutest seiklustest Brüsselis.

[C]ampaigners have been left stunned after the enforced resignation of the Maltese Commissioner, John Dalli - the driving force behind the directive - and a suspicious robbery in which laptops and documents containing the evidence to support the tough new regulations were stolen in an apparent targeted attack.

HaraldHaak
30-10-2012
kell 15:42

Hää pikk arvamusartikkel uimastisõja katastroofilisuse teemal. Laurence Copeland kirjutab Reutersis, et USA peaks selles sõjas käituma, nagu omal ajal Vietnamis — kuulutama sõja võidukaks ning seejärel kärmelt jalad selga võtma.

What is so depressing today is that the criminalisation of narcotics is a topic which is as impossible to debate rationally as was witch-burning in the Middle Ages. In those days, anyone who spoke out against the wave of hysteria was accused of being on the side of Satan, and likewise today if you are against jailing junkies, it must be because you’re one yourself, or alternatively you’re on the side of the dealers (go figure!). Those who defend the current policy know full well that their position is too weak to stand up to rational examination.

Unfortunately, there is nothing politicians love better than a good war, which they always imagine will promote them overnight from hacks into statesmen (remember Jim Hacker in his Churchillian moments). The War on Drugs is a popular (and populist) policy because everyone knows that drugs are a Bad Thing.

But then so was Soviet Communism, so back in the 1960′s the urge to rescue Vietnam from the clutches of the evil empire was understandable. As with the war on drugs, the cost was in the end far far too high – and as with the war on drugs, it was mainly borne by innocent civilians, the collateral damage in the fighting between the two sides. Just as, back then, the ever-rising body count was mindlessly quoted as evidence that America was winning, so today the value of drug seizures is cited as proof we’re winning – it isn’t, and we aren’t.

In the end, reality will catch up. Just as the U.S. military was unable to deliver the victory the politicians demanded in Vietnam, the same is plainly happening now with drugs, as more and more senior policemen – the generals in this crazy war – are ready to tell their political masters the truth, that it’s all over, we’ve lost, and the proof is out there on the streets for all to see, where the price of many drugs is at rock-bottom levels.

Even if we call a halt to the madness tomorrow, it will take decades to recover, but the sooner we stop it, the better. There is only one possible solution, and it is the one which got America out of Vietnam (and will end up getting us out of Afghanistan): declare victory – and run like hell.

HaraldHaak
31-10-2012
kell 11:14

AlterNet tõstab esile artiklit kanepit ravimiks pidavate arstiteadlaste ajakirjast O'Shaugnessy's. Artikkel näitab, et kanepiürdi lõhn (s.t terpenoidide kokteil) annab hästi aimu ravimtaime toime iseärasustest.

Scientists are now formally acknowledging something that Cannabis consumers have long taken for granted: aroma is associated with effect.

Plant cannabinoids —21-carbon molecules found only in Cannabis— are odorless. It’s the terpenoids —components of the plant’s “essential oils”— that create the fragrance. Terpenoids contain repeating units of a 5-carbon molecule called isoprene and are prevalent in smelly herbs such as mints and sage, citrus peel, some flowers, aromatic barks and woods.

The aroma of a given plant depends on which terpenoids predominate. They tend to be volatile molecules that readily evaporate, and they’re very potent —all it takes is a few reaching the nose to announce their presence.


Täispikk, graafikute ja piltidega täiendatud artikkel PDF-i (5 lk) kujul leidub O'Shaughnessy'se kodulehel.

HaraldHaak
31-10-2012
kell 13:12

Viimatine Hollandi-uudis eesti keeles: http://kanepitemp.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/hyvasti-wietpas/

HaraldHaak
31-10-2012
kell 15:36

Tom Angell ([url=marijuanamajority.com]Marijauana Majority[/url]) loetleb HuffPo's kümme (tema meelest) kõige ootamatumat USA kanepiseaduste reformi toetajat. Beck ja Perry tulid mullegi üllatusena.

HaraldHaak
31-10-2012
kell 15:40

Link läks pekki, aga MM on 17 posti tagasi 23. oktoobril juba viidatud niikuinii.

Veel uudist. FBI enda andmed näitavad, et uimastisõjalised meetmed (inimeste kiusamine ja vangistamine) ei täida eesmärki, s.t ei kahanda tarbimist. Tarbimismäärad nimelt kasvavad hoopis, vahendab Toke.

Marijuana arrests continued at near-record levels in 2011, the vast majority of which were for simple possession. According to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, 757,969 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana, more than 87 percent of which were for possession. This is a slight decrease from 2010.

Marijuana arrests accounted for slightly less than half of all drug arrests last year. In 2011, one American was arrested for marijuana possession every 42 seconds.

Despite intensive law enforcement resources being used to arrest and punish marijuana users, rates of marijuana use continue to rise. The "National Survey on Drug Use and Health" -- commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and released in late September -- showed that marijuana use had slightly increased nationally between 2010 and 2011. According to the report, more than 29.7 million people aged 12 and older used marijuana at least once in the past year.

HaraldHaak
31-10-2012
kell 15:42

Paul Armentano (NORML) kirjutab US News'is, kuidas kanepituru reguleerimine toimib ja keeluseadused vaovad.

Come November 7, voters in one, if not two, U.S. states will have decided in favor of legally regulating cannabis. Why? The answer is clear: regulation works; prohibition fails.

Since 1965, the FBI reports that U.S. law enforcement have made over 22 million arrests for marijuana violations. Yet cannabis consumption and the public's access to pot remain undeterred. Cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes upon legitimate scientific research into the plant's medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.

It's time to stop stigmatizing and criminalizing tens of millions of Americans for choosing to consume a substance that is safer than either tobacco or alcohol.

How much safer? A 2009 study estimated that health-related costs per user are eight times higher for drinkers of alcoholic beverages—and more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers—than they are for those who consume cannabis.

HaraldHaak
31-10-2012
kell 15:43

USA kodanikuõiguste ühenduse uimastipoliitika juhataja Alison Holcomb kirjutab [url=]samas[/url], miks kanepipruukimist ei peaks karistama.

Crimes are acts that are so bad—that inflict such grievous harm on others—that the offender deserves to be arrested, dragged through court, jailed, and saddled with a criminal record that will pose barriers to employment, housing, and education. Labeling an act a crime is no light matter. At least, it should not be, if we expect our criminal laws and those sworn to enforce them to be respected.

Marijuana prohibition fails our society's normative standards of what should be labeled a crime. It also fails utilitarian, cost-benefit tests. Despite the fact that marijuana arrests have escalated from less than a third of all drug arrests to more than half in the past 20 years, usage rates have not gone down. /---/

A more pragmatic approach to the reality of marijuana use in our society would be to replace criminal laws with public health strategies. As we have with tobacco, we could regulate advertising and invest in multimedia information campaigns, tactics that have a proven track record of success. Our current efforts are failing. More high school students smoke marijuana now than smoke cigarettes.

If we can agree that the decision to treat marijuana use as a crime deserves revisiting, then we must grapple with the question of how the demand for marijuana will be met. /---/

We have relinquished control of the marijuana market to black market profiteers. We could instead take control; regulate price, potency, and advertising; and levy taxes to help pay for prevention, education, and research.

It is time for a new approach to marijuana.

HaraldHaak
31-10-2012
kell 15:47

Eelmise link: http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-marijuana-use-be-legalized/marijuana-use-should-not-be-a-crime

HaraldHaak
01-11-2012
kell 14:07

Rio de Janeiro gängsterid pakuvad hea ninaga politseikoera pea eest ulmesummat, vahendab The Daily Telegraph.

Drug bosses in Rio de Janeiro have issued a 'death order' against a sniffer dog named Boss, according to reports.

The labrador is wanted by the Brazilian gang in the violent Manguinhos slum after sniffing out more than 660 pounds of cannabis hiding inside a false wall. /---/

[Major Vitor Valle, from Rio's military police dog squad] said Boss has always been an "excellent" sniffer dog.

"He's become a target because of the amount of the traffickers' drugs he's helped seize.
"We see this as a normal situation. Every one of us is at risk who are working against drugs trafficking.

A dog can also be threatened, especially as our dogs have helped find more than 1.5 tonnes of drugs in the last year. It won't stop us, or him, doing our work."

HaraldHaak
01-11-2012
kell 15:27

Mehhiklaste analüüs näitab, et kanepi legaliseerimine kahandaks uimastikartellide tulubaasi 30 protsenti, vahendab antiwar.com.

A study released Wednesday by a respected Mexican think tank concludes that if current ballot measures in certain American states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana pass, it could cut the earnings of Mexican drug cartels by as much as 30 percent.

The study by the Mexican Competitiveness Institute, “If Our Neighbors Legalize,” argues that legalization north of the border would allow more production of marijuana in the domestic US, imposing competition on the marijuana grown and distributed by the cartels.

The draconian prohibitionist policies in the US have contributed to record drug profits on the part of the cartels, which benefit from limited competition in the black market.

Furthermore, the militaristic approach the US has historically taken towards the drug war throughout Central America has boosted the ferocity of the drug cartels, who have built up virtual armies in various territories in Mexico in order to police their own market and battle the prohibitionist state.

HaraldHaak
05-11-2012
kell 15:02

AlterNet kirjutab, et Amsterdami linnapea võis vara hõisata ja et koalitsioonilepe näeb igal juhul ette mingisugust (seni täpsustamata) müügikeeldu turistidele.

[T]hings are not as clear-cut as many would have hoped: it seems that van der Lann may have “spoken out of turn,” as Michael Veling, the spokesman for the Dutch Cannabis Retailers Association, told the New York Times on Thursday. While the plans to set up a registry and issue passes has been ditched, the agreement still leaves tourists in a grey area /---/

For large cities in the Netherlands, including Rotterdam, Utrecht, and the Hague, a tourist ban could have some negative consequences; but for Amsterdam, the problem would not just be a loss of revenue or a decrease in tourism, but a halt to important developments the city: As Andrew Bender recently pointed out in Forbes, some officials fear that it would mean a step back for notorious neighborhoods that have, in recent years, become more attractive to well-off locals and a different strata of tourism.

Amsterdam credits the coffeehouse system, in part, with cleaning up neighborhoods where illicit sales once reigned, such as the historic enclaves of Zeedijk and De Wallen. “The city council, the police and the residents have been busy 20 years to reclaim that area,” Van der Laan said. If the ban hit Amsterdam, “Everything we have worked towards would be lost to misery.”

HaraldHaak
05-11-2012
kell 15:21

Sünge, aga huvitav meenutus narkomaani elust orkaan Katrina päevil ja pärast. (AlterNet).

Quickly, I turned the bottles around to see what treats they contained. Making rapid decisions, I pulled nearly every third bottle into the cooler. I made a beeline back to the apartment. My cooler overflowed with bottles and boxes: Fentanyl patches in 100mg, 50 mg and 25mg; Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin; Haloperidol in pills and liquid, 2mg, 4mg, 10mg and 25mg; Seroquel, Trazedone, Thorazine and Lamictal; Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Dilaudid; Phenergan with Codeine Cough Syrup. It was a glorious sight. Right then, I thought I would never be dope sick again. /---/

When I peered into the tiny bedroom where Landon had been sleeping, I saw him face down on the ground. Dark, burgundy blood pooled under his blue face. I stood over him for a moment, before heading to the kitchen for more drugs. After carefully cooking down some sweet Fentanyl from a patch, my husband and I filled our veins with the soothing liquid.
/---/

Once I'd tasted it on the back of my throat, someone went out and returned with a canoe that I'd seen floating near the yard. We dragged the canoe indoors, and then it took all our strength to lift Landon's stiff body into it. Scraping the canoe against the linoleum, we emerged into the sunlight and carefully pushed the boat into the water. We waded silently alongside the canoe through the warm floodwaters: a dawn funeral procession. We went to the back of the neighborhood, in a secluded corner, under a tree. We tipped the canoe over, and the water cradled Landon's body as he sank. Then it floated up again, turning over to bury his face in the water, so I didn't have to look into his dead eyes. Taking the canoe with us in case we needed it again, we returned to the apartment and shot more Fentanyl. /---/

It took a cataclysmic event to show the stubborn addict I was that it was time to change my trajectory. It took losing everything. But I guess that’s why they call it rock bottom. My rock bottom was filled with water.

Serial K
05-11-2012
kell 19:11

muide, veiste-südamerohu toimeaine leonuriin on tõesti täitsa psühhoaktiivne (mitte küll ülearu, aga siiski tuntavalt), eriti kui õisi seda suitsetada. mis on loogiline, kuna kõik apteegis müüdavad rahustid on by definition psühhoaktiivsed. punchline on see, et taim on eestis umbrohi, levinum kui kärbseseen. palun käivitada moraalipaanika.

Serial K
05-11-2012
kell 19:12

näe, lauseehitus lonkab ka.

Serial K
05-11-2012
kell 19:14

moraalipaanikale aitaks kaasa, kui segada naistepuna, veiste-südamerohi, kalmujuur ja sookail kokteiliks ja hakata seda müüma mingi kavala nime all à la Funny Sunglow. korjaks nt 5 euri 20 grammi pealt. kasumi eest ostaks siiski kivi.

Serial K
05-11-2012
kell 19:17

Female Swamp Lion

Serial K
05-11-2012
kell 19:18

*Red Swamp Lioness

HaraldHaak
06-11-2012
kell 10:00

Dr Noormann, kes sõltuvusainetesse teadupärast nii taunivalt suhtub, et on valmis laste kanepist eemalehirmutamiseks neile valetama, ei näe erilist probleemi tervistkahjustava sõltuvusaparatuuri pruukimises, kui seda tehakse lapsevanema volitusega.

Kahepalgelisus või võhiklikkus? Ei tea, ei oska pakkuda.

Meeldetuletuseks teistele:

UV-kiirgus tekitab sõltuvust.

Naha pruunistamine võib olla sama ohtlik kui plutoonium, sinepigaas, arseen ja tubakasuits

Eesti arst: solaariumi kasutamisel ja vähi tekkel on otsene seos

jude_law
06-11-2012
kell 12:17

õnnestus proovida M_DPV-d, mida mõnel pool Euroopas saab postiga tellida ning olenevalt riigist võib olla semilegaalne (mitte keelatud) - tegu siis ühe nn "vannisoolaga".
Olin alati skeptiline mefedrooni jms osas, mis põgusalt töötavad nagu kerge spi id või ei oma mingit tuntavat mõju a la kofeiinilaadne laks.
MDPV puhul on tegu millegi väga võimsaga - pisike jutt juba omab mõju M_DMA laadset ja kickib nagu puhas koka. Kerge on üle doosida ja olla liiga intensiivne. Võib panna ka mõnda inimest kokutama või tekitada rääkimisraskusi.

HaraldHaak
06-11-2012
kell 12:42

MDPV suurim probleem on (ajakirjandusest jäänud mulje põhjal), et doosi kordamine sama õhtu jooksul soovitud mõju ei suurenda, küll aga võimendab oluliselt ebameeldivaid ja ohtlikke kõrvalnähte.


HaraldHaak
06-11-2012
kell 12:44

Ühel vapral inimesel on täna sünnipäev. Anja Sarang on Venemaa uimastipartisan, kahjude kahandamise keskuse asutaja ja Andrei Rõlkovi sihtasutuse juhataja. Riigis, kus uimastiküsimuse arutamine kuulub riiklikule tsenseerimisele, on tema tegevus eriti tänuväärne.

Lisan siia DrugRiporter.hu lingi kahe filmiga Anja tööst ja Moskva narkarite raskest elust.

jude_law
06-11-2012
kell 12:45

vat ei oska öelda seda. Ma olen alati purjus ka olnud. Minu arvates tegi ägedamaks küll, aga mitte nii ägedaks kui esialgu jah.

Serial K
06-11-2012
kell 12:49

ja kellelgi nägu ei tahtnud peast närida?

jude_law
06-11-2012
kell 13:50

mulle tundus, et see teeb kriminaalselt ülbeks ja enesekindlaks. taksojuhile ajasin mingit paska kokku.
närida ei tahtnud midagi.

HaraldHaak
06-11-2012
kell 15:53

Ma pole hispaania keeles tugev, aga neist kahest artiklist — üks La República's ja teine El Observador'is — saan nii aru, et Uruguay valitsus tahab kanepi legaliseerimise eelnõu ratifitseerida juba tänavu, kauba hind sätestatakse lähtuvalt mustal turul hetkel kehtivast hinnast, kehtestatakse mingisugune registreeritud, aga anonüümsete kasutajate kaardisüsteem, et üks ostja ei saaks kuus osta rohkem kui 40 grammi, jms.

P.S. Google-tõlge genereerib mh toreda termini "tööstusliku kanepi tädipoeg".