WATCH: Man with Parkinson's uses marijuana for the first time -- and the results are amazing

Larry Smith is a former cop who lives in South Dakota. He’s had Parkinson’s for 20 years, which gives him symptoms including severe dyskinesia (uncontrolled movements), loss of voice and tremors. This clip from Ride With Larry, a documentary about him and his extraordinary efforts to address his illness and raise awareness, has gone viral on social media—and it’s easy to see why.

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Trump 'encourages' Duterte's deadly drug war in the Philippines -- and we should be worried

“In some ways, Duterte is like an Asian version of Donald Trump,” wrote Niko Vorobjov back in May, in a piece for The Influence about the international rise of strongman politicians and their impact on people who use drugs.

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Prejudice kills: People who need lifesaving methadone continue to be degraded and blocked

“Methadone made me a prisoner,” said Francine, a former patient of mine, who was on and off methadone for 10 years. “That’s the only way I can sum it up. I couldn’t go anywhere because I had to go to the program six days a week. Even when there was a time I was going three days a week, I was still a prisoner. If you go one day a week, you’re still a prisoner.”

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'Weed Wednesday' and 'Green Friday' expected to be bigger than ever this Thanksgiving

Last year, legal marijuana sales from dispensaries in Washington State the day after Thanksgiving—a day which is apparently now known in the industry as “Green Friday”—were 13 percent higher than the average Friday, reports Bloomberg. And cannabis companies in other states where it’s legal reported bumper sales too.

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This voter guide grades your member of Congress according to their drug policy record

Not sure how to vote in the congressional elections on November 8?

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Chicago doctor caught making 'vaccines' from cat saliva and vodka

A doctor in the suburbs of Chicago had his license suspended after he was found to be concocting his own “vaccines”—from cat drool and vodka.

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Prison decides that inmate's own writing is too dangerous for him to read

Solitary Watch, an advocacy group for inmates in solitary confinement, reports that prisoner William Blake has been denied the right to read his own work.

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Police bust 'indecent' burlesque show for serving alcohol during partial breast exposure

An Idaho art gallery owner has run afoul of the law by serving alcohol during a burlesque show. The owner of Visual Arts Collective in Garden City, Idaho, was fined after two undercover police officers were served alcohol during the show—a violation of an Idaho statute that bans alcohol where “indecent activities” are taking place, according to Courthouse News.

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More evidence that the alcohol industry is bankrolling anti-marijuana campaigns

The alcohol and pharmaceutical industries are largely bankrolling the pushback against marijuana legalization, the Intercept reports. In Arizona, it was revealed last week that Insys Therapeutics Inc., a company that makes opioids and is developing synthetic cannabinoids, donated $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, an anti-legalization organization. And the Arizona Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association also gave $10,000 to the group.

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Scientists think Bronze Age brain surgeons used cannabis, shrooms and dancing as painkillers

Evidence of ancient surgery found in Siberia is causing feverish speculation about the nature of Bronze Age painkillers.

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Barney Frank just made the best argument for legalizing all drugs

In a wide-ranging Rolling Stone interview hitting such diverse topics as Bernie Sanders’ appeal to young people, music and drugs, former Congressman Barney Frank—the first openly gay member of Congress—slammed the drug war and called for the legalization of all drugs.

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'Why did you shoot me?': When police steal a black child's life

“Tell me of the night your son was killed by the police,” I asked. She sat up and a deep sorrow moved in her eyes. “I had a habit of looking out the window to see my son,” Danette Chavis said. “But that night, I said to myself, ‘Oh, leave the boy alone,’ and took a nap. The phone woke me up and my daughter was rushing out of the door. I followed her and saw police tape, cops standing around a body. I yelled to see if it was him. But they wouldn’t let me close. Later, I went to the morgue and identified my son.”

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A doctor explains why 'tough love' alone won't help heroin addicts

By Aaron D. Fox, MD, The Influence

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio blowing tax dollars to dress up inmates in stars and stripes for holiday publicity stunt

The policies of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have resulted, among other things, in racist profiling against Hispanic people and the death of Marcia Powell, a 48-year-old sex worker who died from heat exposure after being put in a cage for four hours in the sun. Always eager for the spotlight, Arpaio is famously proud of an outdoor tent city specifically constructed to house inmates in extreme heat. He’s also notorious for making prisoners wear pink underwear (The Influence recently covered a dystopian summer camp that Arpaio hatched to give kids the full “Tent City” experience).

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