Articles about Drug Prohibition
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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for...
A Celebrity Death, Addiction, and the Media - Dr. Gabor Maté
It is always big news when a celebrity is stricken dead by a substance overdose. What never makes the news is why such tragedies happen. The roster of drug- and alcohol-related show-business deaths is ever expanding: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Keith Moon...
The Marijuana Legalization Tidal Wave is Coming - See This Map
One might not expect a website called weedblog.eu to be particularly profound. However, in addition to posts about “the best weed you ever smoked” and “the latest cannabis discoveries that governments don’t want you to know,” the site recently posted a map that elegantly...
What We Can't Seem to Remember About MDMA and Why Legalizing Drugs Will Save Your Child's Life
This article is about every person who has ever ingested a mind-altering substance but didn't want to die from doing so. Thanks to our failed experiment with alcohol prohibition, we know that it's impossible to keep people away from intoxicants, legal or otherwise. The...
TED Talk Controversy: 3 Powerful Talks TED Tried to Censor
TED is a powerful and paradigm shattering initiative that brands itself with the slogan “Ideas worth spreading.” At this point, we have probably all heard of TED and the short talks given by inspiring people from all around the world to audiences at different conferences...
Dear Marijuana: A Goodbye Letter
Hi. It’s me, Alexandra. I know I’ve been distant lately. I’ve been avoiding you. After talking things through one night with a friend, I woke up and decided I was leaving you. I’m 26. We had a good nine year run, but I’m saying goodbye. I didn’t just want to up and dump...
Single magic mushroom 'can change personality'
Forty-five years after Timothy Leary, the apostle of drug-induced mysticism, urged his hippie followers to "turn on, tune in and drop out", researchers have found that magic mushrooms do change a user's personality – for the better. The fungi have long been known...
Former Washington, Colorado cops explain: What's really going to change now that marijuana is legal?
Following wins for marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado on Tuesday night, a former Seattle police chief and a former Denver police officer sat down with Raw Story to discuss what the laws will actually do and how they think things will change. “Today is a great...
Infographic: The Failed War On Drugs
Since President Nixon began America’s War on Drugs in 1970, it has cost the U.S. $1 trillion. Sure, it has cost a lot, but has it stemmed Americans’ use of illicit drugs? Not really. Despite spending nearly $800 per second in an attempt to stymie the drug trade, many drugs...
Kony 2012 and Invisible Children are Funded by Antigay Creationist Groups
We're still waiting on the new Kony 2012 video, supposedly slated to go live later today, that will answer all of our concerns about Invisible Children's finances and goals, but we have some idea of what we can expect: earnest proclamations about how \"uncomplicated\" it is...
Ex-cop: Marijuana policy ‘creates too many crime victims’
In the midst of the students and conservative stalwarts in business attire at CPAC, Howard Wooldridge stands out like a sore thumb — but not because of his cowboy hat and big belt buckle. It’s his T-shirt, which loudly proclaims “COPS SAY LEGALIZE POT ASK ME WHY.” And people...
Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies
As I’ve written about before, America’s election season degrades mainstream political discourse even beyond its usual lowly state. The worst attributes of our political culture — obsession with trivialities, the dominance of horserace “reporting,” and mindless partisan...
This is the Definitive Argument Against Drug Prohibition. It's Time We Legalize All Drugs.
After you've finished reading this, there will be no doubt in your mind. Legalizing all drugs is the best way to lower the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction. If you already know the drug war has failed, skip to the middle for an alternative policy. You will be...