The New War on Drugs is Just the Same Old War- It’s Time to Cut the Head off the Snake

By Janice Barlow For several decades now, the government has been throwing billions of dollars at stopping the illegal drug problem. Now, added to that issue is the prescription drug abuse of opiates. But is this the real issue? It is a known fact that these medications are helpful to some people who use them and are not addicted to them. The outcry now seems to be the same one used for gun control: Taking away the physical product from those who do not abuse it because others are or…

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Trump A.G. Jeff Sessions’ Obsessions With Marijuana And Disdain Of The 10th Amendment

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by Richard Cameron Sessions’ Marijuana  Obsessions Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided to use the legal muscle of the Justice Department to pursue his longstanding personal agenda – some would call it a vendetta, against Marijuana. While this has not been a secret, and he has made numerous statements since settling into his position, nothing illustrates the extent of his determination to bring the hammer down on other’s personal choices regarding the much maligned substance than when the subject came up once again recently during a visit with far…

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Laws Targeting Drug Dealers Have Bipartisan Support, But Will They Work?

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by Tony Wyman A new law proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to charge drug dealers with manslaughter when the drugs they sell kill the user has strong support from many who see the state’s opiod crisis as one of the biggest threats facing the Commonwealth. But the bill has some skeptics who think increased jail time has little or no impact on drug abuse. If the law goes into effect, drug dealers responsible for the deaths of users would face a minimum sentence of five years in a state…

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The Impact Of Marijuana Laws In America In The Post Colorado Amendment 64 Era

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by Richard Cameron Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), earlier this week submitted a bill that would legalize marijuana on the federal level and not only that,  but allow states to form their own policies on Cannabis, plus target states that have arrests and incarceration rates that are disproportionately affecting the poor and minorities. In a statement introducing the legislation, Booker said: “For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders — especially for marijuana-related offenses — at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn-apart…

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Trump Ignores Commission’s Advice, Says More Cops are Solution to Opioid Crisis

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by Tony Wyman I live in the Opioid Capitol of America, Dayton, Ohio. Per capita, more people will die in my city from overdosing on opioids, drugs like fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, tramadol, than any place in America.   “We’re on a pace to to have 800 people die this year from overdose,” Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer told reporters at NBC News. He said the county is trying to fight the crisis by giving officers Narcan, a nasal spray emergency treatment that counteracts the effects of opioids and reverses the…

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Mexican Officials And Their Drug Cartel Partners Target Journalists For Death

by Richard Cameron The government of Mexico does to journalists, reporters and human rights watchdogs, what a certain prominent politician in America has indicated he would like to do to his resident media thorns in the side – put them under surveillance and in many cases, silence them permanently. In this, the first part of the series, we’ll look at the silencing that is taking place south of the border and the motivations behind it. In no country on earth that masquerades as a democracy, do members of the press…

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