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Video: Kabul cabal? Ft Hamid Karzai, frmr president of Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been at the center of the geopolitical grand game for centuries. With complex local, regional and international interests overlapping, the … Via Youtube

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Washington Governor Encouraged After Marijuana Legalization Meeting with Feds

It appears that the US Department of Justice may indeed let Washington state proceed with marijuana legalization.

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Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke

Rolling Stone | If you’ve ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you’ve ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or “drug paraphernalia” in your gym bag, Assistant Attorney General ...

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Quentin Tarantino: The War on Drugs = Slavery

Writer and director Quentin Tarantino sits down with George to talk about his new movie ‘Django Unchained’, which opens on December 25th. In this clip, Quentin talks about the modern ‘War on Drugs’ in the United States, and its parallels ...

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Top 10 Legal Drugs Linked to Violence

Time | When people consider the connections between drugs and violence, what typically comes to mind are illegal drugs like crack cocaine. However, certain medications — most notably, some antidepressants like Prozac — have also been linked to increase risk ...

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Medical Marijuana Activists Demand A Clear Policy From Obama

AP | SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama says he won’t go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use. But advocates argue the president said the same thing about medical ...

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Marijuana Possession Now Legal in Washington State

On Thursday Washington State became the first state in America where it is legal to possess marijuana for adult recreational use, and hundreds of people celebrated shortly after midnight by lighting up and smoking joints together under Seattle’s iconic Space ...

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Cannabidiol Relieves Psychosis in Schizophrenia, Why is it Illegal?

Medical Cannabis for Mental Health | A molecule in cannabis (CBD) has shown to relieve anxiety and symptoms of psychosis in people diagnosed with schizophrenia, though many patients are denied or discouraged from this medicine with fewer side effects than ...

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Colorado Reps Introduce Bill to Respect States’ Rights For Marijuana Use

ActivistPost.com | When the people of Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana on Election Day, there was immediate speculation as to how the federal government would deal with how it conflicted with federal laws. So far there has not been an official ...

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Hemp Can Save America and the World!

The good news is we’ve found a plant that can save the world. The bad news is…it’s illegal! Neenah Payne, Activist Post | What if a plant could save the economy, end the oil wars, restore the environment, improve everyone’s heath, provide ...

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Mexico considers change to Marijuana policy

Michael Roberts | The response to Amendment 64’s passage has gone international, with Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s president suggesting that his country’s pot policies may have to change as a result of the measure, as well as a similar one approved in Washington. A ...

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CIA using drug money to overthrow Ecuador President

Matías Rojas | The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is using drug money to fund Rafael Correa’s opposition in the coming 2013 Ecuadorian elections, intelligence sources have revealed to Chilean independent media. The accusations do not stand alone. In October, former ...

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Marijuana legalized in Colorado and Washington

Allison Linn, NBC News | Voters in Colorado and Washington on Tuesday approved measures allowing adults to use marijuana for any purpose, NBC News projected, marking an historic turning point in the slow-growing acceptance of marijuana usage. In Massachusetts, voters ...

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Former Obama drug policy adviser warns of backlash against law change

Stephen C. Webster, RAW Story | The Obama administration will not just sit by and watch as up to three states attempt to implement laws legalizing marijuana, one of the president’s former senior drug policy advisers predicted Sunday. Officially, the ...

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Marijuana Prohibition is Hanging on by its Final Thread

Even though I’ve lived west of the Mississippi for half my life, the native New Yorker in me has always been dismissive of reports that my tax dollars are being used to fund black helicopters that are hassling Americans in ...

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Support for Marijuana legalization highest (pardon the pun) in history

Phillip Smith | A new YouGov poll conducted for the Huffington Post has found that a whopping 59% of respondents nationwide support legalizing marijuana, with 51% saying they want it legalized, taxed, and regulated, and another 8% saying they it legalized — ...

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Major breakthrough for cannabis law reform

Mick Meaney | The British people are finally waking up to the draconian laws surrounding the use of cannabis. A new poll conducted by the BBC has revealed that an astounding 69% of people now support decriminalisation. Image credit: NORML UK ...

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The insanity of Britain’s drugs policy

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian | Imagine the Afghan war had run for the past 40 years. Imagine 2,000 deaths a year. The enemy remains 400,000-strong, despite 40,000 being taken prisoner annually. The war costs £1bn a month. Casualties vary from time to ...

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UK drug policy not based on evidence

ITV | The UKDPC called for Parliament “to revisit the level of penalties applied to all drug offences and particularly those concerned with production and supply”, but stopped short of calling for the decriminalisation or legalisation of most drugs. The ...

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The war on drugs is a war on freedom

David Gordon |  The efforts, spurred by Mayor Bloomberg, to ban large cans of drinks deemed too sugary have been much in the news lately; and a peculiar point in the mayor’s defense of this measure is highly relevant to Laurence ...

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Federal court: Wal-mart guilty of medical discrimination

NaturalNews | A Michigan man was recently fired from his managerial position at a Walmart store in Battle Creek, Michigan, after it was discovered that he had been using medical marijuana outside of work hours in accordance with his doctor’s ...

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Professors endorse legal weed in Colorado as Obama woos students

More than 100 college professors across the nation signed an open letter on Tuesday endorsing a Colorado ballot measure that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, in a move timed to coincide with President Barack Obama’s campaign stop at Colorado ...

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Cannabis legalization would raise $32 million for Colorado

Holy smokes! A new report has found that Colorado could be $32 million better off, if voters decide to give the green light to Amendment 64 that would legalize the herb. And that’s not even taking into account the amount that would ...

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Facebook to run cannabis legalization adverts

Eric W. Dolan | Facebook has agreed to run marijuana legalization ads after being confronted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Northern California. The social networking giant had refused to run the ads of multiple organizations because ...

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Study: Alcohol more harmful than cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis

Cormac O’Keeffe | Alcohol is ranked as the fourth most harmful drug behind heroin, crack cocaine, and crystal meth, but ahead of cocaine, nicotine, ecstasy, and cannabis. The ranking is based on a survey of almost 300 health and social ...

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Medical marijuana’s legal in his state, but feds sentence medical pot dispenser to jail

Charles Lynch, a medical marijuana provider in the state of California, which has voted consistently to allow what he does, faces a year in federal prison. This after Obama and the new “drug czar” have expressed support for state autonomy ...

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Why Legalizing Cannabis Makes Sense

By Joe Klein | For the past several years, I’ve been harboring a fantasy, a last political crusade for the baby-boom generation. We, who started on the path of righteousness, marching for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, ...

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Medical marijuana raid raises question: What’s Obama policy?

By Michael Doyle | WASHINGTON — A recent Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., medical marijuana dispensary showcases one of the legal conflicts inherited by the Obama administration. The Jan. 22 raid near the California-Nevada border ...

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Majority disagree with cannabis reclassification

There is a substantial amount of anger over the government’s decision to reclassify cannabis, a new poll suggests. The politics.co.uk poll, which comes as government ministers from across the world meet in Vienna for the UN’s summit on drugs, shows ...

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Marijuana Reform Is Part of the Progressive Agenda

So Why Are Obama’s Drug Cops Already Making Pot Raids? By Paul Armentano  Pot-reform activists have swarmed Obama’s Change.gov, and huge majorities voted for pot reform in election ’08, but no change yet from Obama. This past August, House Speaker ...

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President Obama should call off the medical marijuana raids

By J.D. Tuccille Asked about medical marijuana on the campaign trail in New Hampshire just a year and a half ago, then-Senator Barack Obama said, “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It’s not ...

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Obama on Weed

“The war on drugs has been an utter failure. (W)e need to rethink and decriminalize our (nation’s) marijuana laws.” -Barack Obama, January 2004 (Watch the video here.) “I inhaled frequently, that was the point.” -Barack Obama, November 2006 (Watch the ...

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Medical marijuana act passes NJ panel

By DEREK HARPER TRENTON – New Jersey took a major step toward becoming the latest state to allow certain patients to use marijuana Monday, when the Senate’s Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee approved the Compassionate Use Medicinal Marijuana ...

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Can Marijuana help memory?

Elements found in marijuana can be beneficial to ageing brains and can even stimulate the growth of new brain cells – according to Ohio State University scientists. Their research suggests that a legal drug derived from marijuana could even be ...

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12 years for Saudi student having cannabis

SHAH ALAM: “Please, please” pleaded Muhamed Tariq Sadaquah Abualjadeil in the High Court yesterday, minutes before he was to be sentenced. His counsel, Gurbachan Singh, who was delivering his mitigation plea, shrugged off his client several times, then gave in ...

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Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs

By David Gutierrez | A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death. An analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times ...

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BRITISH STUDY SAYS POT LESS RISKY THAN ALCOHOL, SHOULD BE LEGALIZED

NORML – The potential health risks associated with cannabis are less than those associated with alcohol and do not justify the continued criminalization of the plant or its users, according to a report published by The Beckley Foundation – an ...

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DRUGS: A BUSINESS FOR OUR TIMES

By Sam Smith – Progressive Review | Since there is so much bad financial news these days, we thought this might cheer you up. The drug business is doing extremely well, thanks in large part to years of de facto subsidy by ...

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LSD, Ecstasy Tested on Terminally Ill Patients

Researchers are exploring the use of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and ecstasy as a form of “psychedelic psychotherapy” for terminally ill patients, London’s Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. A clinical trial involving LSD began in Switzerland, in June. Eight patients were ...

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Victims of the Drug War Are Forced to Resort to Bizarre Legal Defenses

By Kevin Carey | On November 16, 2005, Willie “Bo” Mitchell and three co-defendants — Shelton “Little Rock” Harris, Shelly “Wayne” Martin, and Shawn Earl Gardner — appeared for a hearing in the modern federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The ...

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Could Coca Cola Distribution Network Save Children’s Lives?

In 1988, Simon Berry, Chief Executive of ruralnet|uk was working as a development worker in remote north east of Zambia, conscious that while he could buy a bottle of Coke anywhere, 1 in every 5 children under the age of ...

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Why the Drug War is a Crime against Humanity Explained

Like the Iraq war and the “war on terror”, the so-called “drug war” is a government contrived “war” based on lies that generates massive profits for a few while causing massive suffering for many. The drug war is futile by ...

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America’s never-ending prohibition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America’s alcohol prohibition lasted 13 years, filled the country’s prisons, inspired contempt for the law among millions, bred corruption and produced Al Capone. What it did not do was keep Americans from drinking.   America’s marijuana prohibition ...

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Free Drug Samples Usually Go to Wealthiest Patients

NaturalNews | Contrary to claims by the pharmaceutical industry, it is usually wealthier and insured patients who receive free drug samples, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance and published in ...

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Psychiatric Group Faces Scrutiny Over Drug Industry Ties

By BENEDICT CAREY and GARDINER HARRIS | It seemed an ideal marriage, a scientific partnership that would attack mental illness from all sides. Psychiatrists would bring to the union their expertise and clinical experience, drug makers would provide their products and ...

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The World Health Organization Documents Failure of U.S. Drug Policies

By Bruce Mirken | The United States has some of the world’s most punitive drug policies and has led the cheering section for tough “war on drugs” policies worldwide, but a new international study suggests that those policies have been a ...

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Oh! What a Lovely (drugs) War

By Ron F | According to UN figures, in the 2000 growing season opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan covered 82,000 hectares. (1) Following a ban ruthlessly enforced by the Taliban opium cultivation declined to 8,000 hectares in the following year, ...

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V.A. Using Iraq Vets as Guinea Pigs in Drug Tests

By Greg Mitchell | As if the “soldier suicide” problem wasn’t bad enough already, word has just emerged from ABC News and The Washington Times that our government is testing drugs with severe side effects, including promoting suicidal behavior, on ...

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Now experts say cannabis should be legal

By David Maddox | CANNABIS should be legalised and taxed, an influential Scottish think tank recommended yesterday, just weeks after the Government hardened its attitude towards the drug, reclassifying it as a class B substance. The Scottish Futures Forum yesterday ...

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Indicators Point to a Softening of America’s Marijuana Laws

By Alexander Zaitchik | With key medical marijuana ballot initiatives likely to pass, and a more pot-friendly majority in Congress, there is room for optimism. You have to hand it to the Republican National Committee: Those guys really know how ...

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Noam Chomsky on Marijuana

By John Veit – HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE | A hundred years from now, Avram Noam Chomsky is going to figure in the history books as the prime voice of conscience, dissent and reason in the wars and social catastrophes of the ...

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The War on Drugs – ’30 Years of Failure’

Radley Balko | HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire wrapped up its final season in March. The show has been widely praised for its raw and cynical realism, its huge cast of multidimensional characters interweaving across complex story arcs, and ...

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How Pot Became Demonized

The following is an excerpt from “Dying to Get High” by Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb (NYU Press, 2008). (c) 2008 NYU Press. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. For many modern critics, the concept of “medical marijuana” is ...

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Gov set to defy its own experts and upgrade cannabis

By Alan Travis | The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, will today stress the dangers of more potent strains of cannabis as she is expected to defy medical opinion by announcing that the drug will be upgraded from class C to ...

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Police reject tougher action on cannabis

By Alan Travis – The Guardian | Police will not adopt a tougher approach to cases of simple possession of cannabis when ministers upgrade the legal status of the drug to class B, the Guardian can disclose. The Association of Chief Police ...

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Brown wants tougher policy on cannabis

By Alan Travis | Gordon Brown’s decision to overturn the advice of his own group of drug experts by pressing ahead with a tougher policy on cannabis could face a high court challenge from campaigners. As the report from the 23-strong ...

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The Reality of the War on Drugs

Drug War Chronicle | With the Democratic Party presidential contenders offering little more than tepid reforms on the margin of drug policy and the Republican nominee largely promising more of the same old drug war (look for an article next ...

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Defiant Brown set to tighten law on cannabis

Downing Street today signalled that Gordon Brown remains determined to tighten the law on cannabis, despite reports that the official advisory body is set to recommend against re-classification. The Prime Minister’s spokesman sought to play down a BBC report that ...

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How to Improve the Economy – Legalise Cannabis

As I am wont to babel about the economy: here it goes again. President’s Bush’s economic stimulus package, which pledges to give the average tax payer a $600 rebate check sometime later this year, isn’t going to offset the negative ...

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Huge supply of steroids seized in Germany

About 1.3 tons of anabolic steroids and anti-impotence drugs were seized by German authorities in an investigation of illegal trade in doping substances.Kiel prosecutors and customs investigators in Hamburg said Tuesday the raids in January and February netted drugs with ...

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