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The Marijuana Debate: do we follow Colorado?

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The debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana in the US has picked up pace due to the recent results of the Colorado Marijuana experiment, in which the substance was legalized in January in order to see what the economic and social impact would be. Crime rates have lowered and the revenue generated from tax and licensing is predicted to reach $100 million within a year. However, is the approach to this legalization all too commercial? If we proceed with legalizing marijuana in the same manner we did with alcohol after prohibition, will it become just another commercial tool for the government to exploit the public?

How would marijuana make the government money?

As with everything, the government is able to tax alcohol and they can increase or decrease this depending on their needs. For example, recent budget cuts have resulted in states, such as Maryland, raising the sale tax rate on alcohol by 3% in order to increase revenue.Read the rest

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The Swedish Model Isn’t the Answer to Legalizing Prostitution

The Swedish Model makes the act of buying, not selling, sex illegal. But what are the implications of such a law?

Street life: three "Jineteras". Havana (La Habana), Cuba. (Photo by Jorge Royan via Wikimedia Commons)

Street life: three “Jineteras”. Havana (La Habana), Cuba. (Photo by Jorge Royan via Wikimedia Commons)

via Time:

Making the purchase of sex a crime strips women of agency and autonomy. It should be decriminalized altogether.

Prostitution is known as the “world’s oldest profession,” and whether it should be criminalized – or not – is one of the oldest debates among social reformers. Today, a growing consensus around the world claims the sex trade perpetuates male violence against women, and so customers should be held as criminals. On the contrary, it’s decriminalizing prostitution that could make women—in and outside the sex industry—safer.

This modern debate has roots in Victorian England, which branded prostitutes as wicked, depraved and a public nuisance. Yet a shift in social thought throughout the era introduced the prostitute as a victim, often lured or forced into sexual slavery by immoral men.

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Cannabis can kill?

Pic: Marijuana Majority (C)

Pic: Marijuana Majority (C)

“In war, truth is the first casualty.”

- Aeschylus

As the world watches America make moves to legalise cannabis, a worrying trend is emerging in the UK where the war on drugs continues. Earlier this year Disinfo brought you the surprising news that the UK Government owned National Health Service had recorded the drug as a cause of death. Now the Daily Mail has published another curious report claiming further fatalities.

The UK’s Daily Mail reports:

It is possible to die as a direct result of smoking cannabis, new research shows.

German scientists have identified two people who died purely as a result of smoking the drug.

It was previously known that using marijuana could be fatal if it was used in conjunction with other drugs – such as by triggering heart conditions or by causing cancer.

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Now, scientists at the University Hospital Düsseldorf in Germany have carried out the first full post mortem examinations on people who have died after using the drug.

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Study Says Suicide Rate Will Fall Significantly In States With Legalized Marijuana

Marijuana jointApparently legalizing weed saves lives, the New Republic reports:

The American Journal of Public Health has just published a study suggesting that states that legalize medical marijuana can expect a reduction in suicide rates.

A team of economists looked at state-by-state statistics on suicide rates over a 17-year period, from 1990 to 2007, comparing data from states that voted to legalize medical marijuana with those that kept it criminalized. According to their calculations, in the three years following legalization, the suicide rate dropped, on average, 10.8 percent among men in their 20s and 9.8 percent for men in their 30s.

“The negative relationship between legalization and suicides is consistent with the hypothesis that marijuana can be used to cope with stressful life events,” wrote the authors.

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Tomorrow’s NFL Championship: The Marijuana Bowl

weed bowlWith their respective teams going head to head, is this year’s Super Bowl the closest thing to a national holiday commemorating the pioneering legalization of weed in Colorado and Washington? Refinery 29 notes:

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will face off in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2. The most offbeat narrative to emerge so far is the strange coincidence that the home states of both teams, Washington and Colorado, are the only ones with legalized recreational marijuana in the country. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the Marijuana Bowl. Or the Pot Bowl. Or the Weed Bowl.

The NFL forbids its players to use the drug, even for medical reasons. Marijuana advocacy groups point out that the drug can be helpful to players suffering from serious injuries, especially concussions. Others have pointed out that the NFL’s many tie-ins with the alcohol industry comes off as hypocritical.

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Excellent Lecture and Panel Discussion on the Madness of Prohibition

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The following lecture by Sanho Tree and panel discussion with Dr. Dominic Corva and Dr. Sunil Aggarwal predates the legalization of cannabis in Washington State and Colorado and Uruguay becoming the first country in the world to legalize the production and sale of cannabis, but it is well worth the watch and covers many of the devastating aspects of America’s War on Drugs. It includes an excellent summary of Plan Colombia, Mexico’s militarization of the war on drugs, benefits of certain ‘drugs’, and much more. The lecture ends at about the 40-minute mark with 20 minutes dedicated to comments by the other Panelists.

Pirate Television: Sanho Tree – Addicted to Failure

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Colorado’s Two Dozen Marijuana Shops Made Over $1 Million On The First Day Of Legalization

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Breaking: Coloradans have legal weed, soon to be very rich. Colorado’s 9NEWS reports:

Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday. Pot shop owners across Colorado believe they collectively made more than $1 million statewide.

The world was watching as Colorado unveiled the modern world’s first fully legal marijuana industry – no doctor’s note required (as in 18 states and Washington, D.C.) and no unregulated production of the drug (as in the Netherlands). Uruguay has fully legalized pot but hasn’t yet set up its system.

Colorado had 24 shops open Wednesday, most of them in Denver, and aside from long lines and sporadic reports of shoppers cited for smoking pot in public, there were few problems.

Marijuana skeptics, of course, watched in alarm. They warned that the celebratory vibe in Colorado masked dangerous consequences.

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Tides Are Turning, the War on Drugs Is Ending, but Prohibitionists Just Won’t Give up the Ghost

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I. The Dominoes Are Falling

Now that Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize the production and sale of cannabis, let’s take a look at an updated map of Wikipedia’s legality of cannabis by country. In addition to the beautiful blue speck representing Uruguay in South America, please pay close attention to the two areas shown in the United States of America, expect there to be more (2). click to enlarge - Source: “Legality of cannabis by country”

II. The Tides Are Turning

With the federal government stating that they will not interfere with the legalization of cannabis in Washington State and Colorado, and corporate shills...
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