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First ‘ecstasy’ shop opens in Amsterdam

Published time: May 19, 2015 11:31

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A Dutch political movement is calling for the legalization of the …

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana’s Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.

There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.

In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

Evidence-Based Medicine

How Psychedelics You've Never Heard of Could Help Treat Mental Illness

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Ibogaine isn't the only strange psychedelic drug with healing powers coming out of West Africa these days. Scientists …

Liberal News

The end of religion as we know it: Why churches can no longer hide the truth

"Caught in the Pulpit" author Daniel Dennett on closeted atheist clergy and our new age of radical transparency

If Daniel Dennett is anything, he is a champion of the facts. The prominent philosopher of science is an advocate for hard-nosed empiricism, and as a leading New Atheist he calls for …

Theology

Colorado is the next Silicon Valley: Why the legalized marijuana industry is flourishing

Legalized pot is worth $3 billion across 23 states, and that number will only grow with drug reform legislation

The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits …

Marijuana

One reason women should think twice about smoking weed before sex

Your mouth isn't the only orifice that dries out when you spark up

You’ve heard of cotton mouth, the parching dryness that afflicts the pie holes of pot smokers. Well, meet cotton vagina. It’s the same affliction, only way down yonder.

And yes, it’s real. It’s been popping up in urban dictionaries, …

Marijuana

​Psychiatric drugs kill 500k+ Western adults annually, few positive benefits – leading scientist

Psychiatric drugs lead to the deaths of over 500,000 people aged 65 and over annually in the West, a Danish scientist says. He warns the benefits of these drugs are “minimal,” and have been vastly overstated.

Research director at Denmark’s Nordic Cochrane Centre, Professor Peter Gøtzsche, says the …

Mental Health

D.A.R.E. Doesn't Know the Difference Between Real and Fake News about Marijuana

May 5, 2015

Honest, science-based drug education has been acknowledged as a corner stone of the prevention of drug abuse among teenagers. Yet for …

Marijuana

10 of the best festivals in Europe ... that you’ve probably never heard of

Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria

With a wild camping vibe – bonfires, small stages and bunting in the trees – Meadows in the Mountains has built a reputation over the past five years for offering a uniquely magical experience. Set in the lush environment of the Rhodope Mountains, mornings are …

Music (UK)

Inside Bud and Breakfast, the Airbnb of Marijuana Tourism

All this because while marijuana possession and use is legal in Colorado, public consumption is not. This poses a predicament for tourists who come …

Marijuana

With the Stroke of a Pen, Puerto Rico's Governor Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. …

Liberal News

The End Of The War On Drugs And The Emergence Of The Venture-Backed Cannabis Industry

When news broke that Founders Fund, the proudly contrarian venture firm helmed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, was going to invest a major $75 million in Privateer Holdings, a company focused on producing, distributing and educating consumers about legal marijuana, it opened the floodgates for …

Marijuana

Above the Law: New DPA Report Finds 'Policing for Profit' Gone Wild

April 29, 2015

Did you know police are allowed to seize and keep your cash, cars, real estate, and any other property – even if you’re never convicted …

Policing

'The Wire' Creator on Freddie Gray's Death: The Drug War Turned Baltimore Police Into an Occupying Army

The death of Freddie Gray is another example of the corrupting influence of the drug war on police work, according to “The Wire” creator David …

Policing

Gupta: Time for medical marijuana revolution

I see signs of a revolution everywhere.

I see it in the op-ed pages of the newspapers, and on the state ballots in nearly half the country. I see it in politicians who once preferred to play it safe with this explosive issue but are now willing to stake their political futures on it. I see the …

Marijuana

Every time someone got stoned in “Broad City” — in 4 minutes and 20 seconds

The Prospect Park dog wedding, the dorm room smoke-out — Comedy Central has wrangled all the greatest (bong) hits

Comedy Central is celebrating 4/20 the right way — with a supercut of all of Broad City’s highest moments. And there are many: That time Abbi got stuck in a ditch at Prospect Park on her …

What the Panic Over Pot Looked Like in 1967

As marijuana pervaded American culture, detractors didn’t know where to begin to stem its burgeoning use

“The soft sweet smell of marijuana hangs in the streets of San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle. People pass on the sidewalk looking stoned, wearing buttons saying ‘Turned On’ or …

Marijuana

Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

Denise Kandel coined the term, often associated with marijuana, in a research paper 40 years ago. But her work suggested nicotine, not pot, was most likely to lead to the use of harder drugs.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A new victim is being lured into the trap of addiction. High - high, as a kite - …

Marijuana

Georgia governor OKs medical marijuana law

The Coxes can rest more comfortably living in Georgia now that their 5-year-old daughter can get the marijuana extract she needs.

"This means the world to us," said Haleigh Cox's mother, Janea Cox.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday that will legalize low-THC cannabis oil for certain …

Marijuana

Vermont Lawmakers Threaten To Reinstate Prohibition If Pot Isn't Legalized

Vermont may well become the next state to legalize marijuana, and two state lawmakers who support legalization have a simple message for their colleagues: Give us what we want, or we'll take away your booze.

A new bill filed earlier this month by state Reps. Jean O'Sullivan and Christopher Pearson …

Marijuana

The 9 states where marijuana will be legalized last

The end of prohibition is nigh, but expect several states in the Midwest to hold out until the bitter end

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn’t going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its …

Marijuana

Hallucinogenic Tea Time in Brazil

To the Editor:

Ceremonies involving the ancient healing drink ayahuasca (“Brazilian Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea,” news article, March 29) are a brave, compassionate and hopeful response to the despair and alienation of violent Brazilian prisoners. As the article suggests, when …

Tea

New Mexico Governor Signs Historic Property Rights Protections into Law

SANTA FE, NM—Today, Governor Susana Martinez signed HB 560 into law, ending the practice of civil asset forfeiture in New Mexico. Civil asset …

New Mexico

Bill Clinton Apologizes to Mexico for the Drug War, Now It's President Obama's Turn to End It

At a speech in Mexico last week, former President Bill Clinton seemingly apologized for the destruction unleashed upon Mexico by the war on …

Mexico

The Clinton dynasty’s horrific legacy: How “tough-on-crime” politics built the world’s largest prison system

Over the past two decades, the Clintons' version of the "War on Drugs" has inflicted needless suffering on millions

Hillary Clinton wants to run for president as an economic populist, as a humane progressive interested in bolstering the fortunes of poor and middle class Americans. But before …

10 Drug Myths Busted

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How much do you know about drugs? Even if you’re a self-proclaimed drug aficionado, you might be surprised to …

The DEA Prostitute Scandal Is a Window into Drug War Corruption and Impunity

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Recent revelations that DEA agents attended “sex parties” hosted by the very drug traffickers they …

Hallucinogenic Ayahuasca Might Treat Depression

That’s a good trip

Deep in the Amazon basin, shaman prepare a natural tea called ayahuasca to bring its drinkers to hallucinogenic states of revelation. People come to the region from all over the world to take ayahuasca in order to make better contact with their emotions within or the spirits …

Ayahuasca

I was a Republican pothead: What I learned about drug-war hypocrisy from my brush with disaster

People are suffering and dying -- while our hypocritical political class allows this injustice to continue

Jeb Bush, presumed Republican presidential candidate, was an enthusiastic pothead for much of his youth. This is not criticism, because many of my good friends are current or former potheads, …