If there is anything the left and right, progressives and conservatives, and everyone in between can agree on, it’s ending the counter-productive, destructive “war on drugs” that has generated crime and violence, a “we’re number one in Gulags” prison complex and pushed people into harder, far more dangerous drugs (see chart of “legal” opioid deaths below).
Dear President Trump: if you’re truly serious about lowering healthcare costs and stemming the rising tide of opioid addictions and death, then fully legalize marijuana via executive order now.
The usual justifications for continuing the criminalization of marijuana have moved from threadbare to completely disconnected from reality. We’re told that marijuana is surrounded by violence–well duh–the violence is the direct consequence of Prohibition.
Set your mindset to objective and come with me to the little-known but plucky nation of Lower Slobovia. The residents of Lower Slobovia have two choices when they are suffering from chronic pain:
1. A natural, non-addictive medication that they can grow themselves that has never caused a single fatality due to overdose, adverse reactions or mixing with other drugs (polypharmacy), or
2. synthetic opiates manufactured by pharmaceutical corporations that are highly addictive, trigger multiple adverse reactions, manifest dangerous polypharmaceutical attributes and have killed over 165,000 people in the past 15 years– 28 times the nation’s5,790 combat deaths in recent military conflicts.
Anti Media – While I was speaking with a friend from Germany recently, I was surprised at how shocked he was to learn of Weedmaps, a popular U.S.-based site that serves as the largest directory of marijuana-related products on the Internet. This makes sense, considering weed is not legal in Germany like it is in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and the dozens of states with medical marijuana programs like California.
He could not believe the vast array of edibles, topicals, oils, waxes, hashes, and smoking instruments viewable to those lucky enough to live in a city served by the website. (more…)
Originally appeared at Bitcoinomics
Scientists suggest humans used drugs even in prehistory, having discovered over-and-over evidence linking Stone Age man to herbal mixtures for “visions and journeys”. Researchers have even discovered equipment used to prepare hallucinogenic drugs for sniffing, dating them back to prehistoric South American tribes. Ceramic bowls and bone tubes for inhaling fumes or powders appear to have originated in South America between 100BC and 400BC.
Bone tubes are common in pre-contact South America, and are associated with ritual shamanism. Archeologists have suggested that humans were extracting mind-expanding drugs from mescal beans and peyote cacti as far back as 5,000 years ago. Here are some quick examples of the most convincing evidence for the use of mind-altering substances in human prehistory. (more…)
We discuss how the cannabis boom may benefit China which holds half of all cannabis related patents. They also discuss the fracking wells in Wyoming abandoned for the taxpayer to clean up. In the second half, Max interviews Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project about Colorado’s legalization of marijuana and what it means for the state’s economy.