Daphne Bramham: Easier to buy a joint in Vancouver than a loaf of bread
May 31, 2015 | The Vancouver Sun

City’s plan to regulate marijuana shops is a farce My local dry cleaner is gone, replaced by one of the more than half a dozen “medical marijuana dispensaries” within a 10-minute walk from my home. In another neighbourhood, a friend says it’s easier to get a joint than buy a ...

Withdrawal from methadone in US prisons: Cruel and unusual?
May 28, 2015 | The Lancet

In the USA, as in many other settings, the main societal response to the harms of opioid addiction is arrest and imprisonment. The so-called war on drugs has contributed to an era of mass incarceration, in which about one in every 100 US citizens, almost all poor, many from racial minority groups an...

Are addict injecting centres a step too far?
May 11, 2015 | Irish Examiner

While the health case for medically supervised injecting centres for addicts has the backing of the drugs minister, a senior garda warns it is a legal minefield, writes Cormac O’Keeffe A little publicised report recently revealed that Dublin Fire Brigade dealt with 469 opiate overdoses in a 12...

Inmates cut off methadone less likely to seek it after release
March 28, 2015 | Brown University

When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial led by researchers at Brown University and The Miriam Hospital, inmates allowed to stay on MMT while in jail prov...

The Greens on marijuana legalization
January 06, 2015 | Cannabis Digest

An Interview with Elizabeth May Cannabis Digest: Do you know anything aboutHempology 101in Victoria, or what we do as an organization? Elizabeth May:No We have been involved in the Victoria scene for 15 years. We are an advocacy group for hemp and marijuana – both sides of the cannabis coin. W...

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