Monthly Archives: April 2016

David Bratzer may speak again

Throughout the history of prohibition, lacking science and facts on their side, prohibitionists have tried to control the message, and suppress any attempts to talk about reform. There were even Congressional hearings discussing whether drug policy reformers could be prosecuted! … Continue reading

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U.N. not a place to find good policy

UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more ‘humane solution’ The first United Nations general assembly special session on drugs in almost two decades has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics use, despite … Continue reading

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Happy 420

I sometimes forget that Drug WarRant has a CafePress store. One of the items – a wall clock that I made years ago – continues to be one of my favorites. Simple, understated, and yet makes the point. I have … Continue reading

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Preparing for the U.N. Special Session

Humankind cannot afford a 21 st century drug policy as ineffective and counter-productive as the last century’s. A new global response to drugs is needed, grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. That’s from this new letter: Over 1,000 … Continue reading

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Opioid prescriptions, panic, and bad math

The editorial in this month’s Journal of Palliative Medicine: The Pendulum Swings for Opioid Prescribing by Charles F. von Gunten, Editor-in-Chief I am about to turn 60 years of age. During my professional life as a physician, I have seen … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

DEA Will Act on Marijuana Rescheduling Before Obama Leaves Office — What Could It Mean? by Tom Angell Obviously I would prefer that marijuana was removed from the schedules entirely (just like alcohol and tobacco), but accept that there are … Continue reading

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Thanks, but no thanks

I get a lot of the same mail, and finally realized I needed a boiler-plate response… To whom it may concern, Thank you for your interest in advertising on, or your interest in writing a guest post. has … Continue reading

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Basic rational change sometimes requires dragging the establishment along, kicking and screaming

Interesting article from the Washington Post’s Amber Phillips: Analysis: How Vermont could change the marijuana legalization game But up until now, change has mostly come from the voters — sometimes in spite of lawmakers’ wishes. That balance could be shifting … Continue reading

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