The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a marijuana problem. On April 20 of this year, the FDA rejected marijuana for medical uses.
SCHOOLS in Greater Manchester are to screen their buildings for traces of cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, heroin and LSD as part of a drive to stamp out drug use among pupils.
A photograph of President Bush waving a flag after the Sept. 11 attacks is juxtaposed against a black-and-white image of an African American mother smoking crack cocaine in bed next to her baby. Larger-than-life portraits of Osama bin Laden and Pablo Escobar line the walls. The central message of a traveling Drug Enforcement Administration exhibit unveiled at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry yesterday is that terrorism and drugs are inextricably linked.
Our war on drugs literally makes me nauseous with disgust. On June 20th, 18-year-old Eli Strunk of Fort Pierce was arrested for having less than an ounce of marijuana in his car. He faces a felony conviction that will follow him for the rest of his life and a possibility of spending five years in prison.
Voters have been losing their taste for the war on drugs lately; in the past few years, states from Arizona and Alaska to California and Hawaii have moved toward making marijuana, in particular, a low priority for law enforcement, with first-offense possession cases often dismissed with small-time fines and medical-marijuana measures on the books in several states.
America’s drug tsar raised the stakes on drug testing in schools yesterday, suggesting that it could come to be seen as normal required and “responsible behaviour” in the same way that some US schools routinely test all pupils for tuberculosis before admission.
The Government has defended its policy of downgrading cannabis as an illegal drug after a leaked study suggested users were being sold hard drugs by dealers as well.
Home Office advisers have warned that the current drug classifications bear little relationship to their health risks
Certain areas of human conduct lend themselves so readily to bad science that you have to wonder if there is a pattern emerging. Last week the parliamentary science and technology committee looked into the ABC classification of illegal drugs, and found it was rubbish. This is not an article about that report, but it is a good place to start: drugs, they found, are supposed to be ranked by harm, in classes A, B, and C, but they’re not; and the ranking is supposed to act as a deterrent, but it doesn’t.
Supporters of the legalization of cannabis would have us believe that it is a gentle, harmless substance that gives you little more than a sense of mellow euphoria.
Amsterdam, famous for its canals and artists, is now, for far too many visitors, memorable mainly for its stag parties and coffee houses. The city has learnt its lesson. Fewer coffee houses are now being licensed and the many that still flourish are now more tightly regulated.
ROADSIDE screening devices capable of detecting “drug-drivers” are expected to be introduced within two years, The Scotsman has learned.
The war on drugs has never been winnable, and now the campaign being waged is revealed as so incoherent that it could have been designed by a general who was himself under the influence. Controlled substances are banded into classes A, B and C, supposedly on the basis of risk, and this settles the punishments that they carry. But a report yesterday from the Commons select committee on science showed that classifications are often arbitrary.
THE LEAGUE TABLE for illegal drugs has been exposed as a shambles. It turns out that the varying status of Class A, B or C is conferred not by the harm done to those who indulge but by the punishment meted out to those who get caught (and no, you’re not alone if you had naively assumed that the two might have been related all along).
A British school has launched a pilot program where students as young as 11 are subjected to random drug tests - a project that has generated interest in Washington and fed a civil liberties debate on both sides of the Atlantic.
Marijuana is not a soft drug and Australians should be aware of how dangerous it can be, an anti-drug campaigner says.
Britain’s antiquated drugs laws stand accused of failing millions of people because they bear little or no relationship to the harm caused by everything from a hit of heroin to a seemingly harmless pint of lager.
More than a third of people claim to have taken illegal drugs during their lifetime, and 10 per cent say they have done so in the last year. Efforts to restrict drug use have failed to curb high rates of consumption in the UK. Though use of heroin and crack cocaine is comparable to other countries, use of recreational drugs is higher.
They’re rated worse than LSD
Mark Watson, a much-loved son from a secure and comfortable background, had a bright future before him. But at 16 his behaviour became erratic and threatening and he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
MPs have mounted a savage attack on the government’s drugs policy, denouncing it as “based on ad hockery”, “riddled with anomalies” and “not fit for purpose”.
When Iowa’s two U.S. senators - Republican Charles Grassley and Democrat Tom Harkin - this spring called on President Bush to fire his drug czar, John Walters, they spoke for many people frustrated with the lack of success in the war on drugs. But Walters’ performance is mixed, and firing bureaucrats won’t make our failed drug policies work any better. Systematic change is needed.
A court ruling that says the mere smell of marijuana on a student is enough to warrant a suspension is a victory for schools in the fight against drugs, Elida schools Superintendent Don Diglia said Friday.