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Court rejects harsh federal sentencing guideline for Ecstasy

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III on Friday rejected the federal sentencing guideline for MDMA, or Ecstasy, ruling that the guideline was based on outdated science and punished ecstasy-related crimes far too harshly than was justified. Ecstasy has been used by 14.2 million people in the United States…

Study: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine

Study: Alcohol is the most lethal drug, outranking heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study. British experts evaluated substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the…

Cocaine, ecstasy found in waters of Spanish nature reserve

Spanish scientists said Wednesday they have detected cocaine, ecstasy and six other drugs in the waters of a nature reserve, and warned of a possible risk to wildlife and public health. Investigators from the University of Valencia analysed the water in canals and irrigation channels of eastern Spain’s Albufera Natural…

New research restores psychedelics’ medical respectability

Recently published studies suggest that ‘magic mushrooms’ and ‘ecstasy’ may have medical value. Before the enactment of the Controlled Substances Act in the late 60′s, psychiatrists had been eagerly investigating the use of psychedelic drugs as an aid to psychological therapy. Unfortunately, as the government sought to eliminate the recreational…

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