Global Commission leaders issue call to decriminalize drugs for public health and human rights

At a press conference in Washington, DC yesterday, five members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy—a 23-person body comprising nine former presidents or prime ministers, plus leaders like former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan—released “Advancing Drug Policy Reform: A new approach to decriminalization.”

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Trump's pick for attorney general: The Ku Klux Klan was fine 'until I found out they smoked pot'

In a grim development for those fearful about drug policy reform and wider human rights under the Trump administration, the president-elect has picked Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be the next US attorney general.

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Indiana cops revel in the self-righteous shaming of a young mom photographed on heroin

Cops in Hope, Indiana have self-righteously released and publicized a photograph of a young mother passed out in a car in a Dollar General parking lot. She had apparently used heroin, and had a syringe in her hand and her 10-month-old son in the back seat.

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Is 'Alice in Wonderland' a story about drugs?

Since a hundred years before Don McLean’s “American Pie” and later-stage Beatles songs came to dominate stoned conversations about lyrical symbolism, one book’s enigmatic appeal has lent itself perfectly to such speculation.

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Colorado town depletes bank reserves to pay $350,000 settlement for barring methadone clinic

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Nancy Reagan's 'Just Say No' campaign was an absolute disaster -- here's how to end it for good

The phrase with which Nancy Reagan will forever be associated came out quite naturally, when the First Lady visited some schoolchildren in Oakland, California in 1982. “A little girl raised her hand,” she recalled, “and said, ‘Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?’ And I said, ‘Well, you just say no.'”

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These 30 Scottish phrases all mean 'drunk'

Eskimos use 50 different words for “snow,” runs a much-debated cliché.  The idea behind it is that constant proximity to something alerts one to its many nuanced forms and makes it necessary to distinguish between them.

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