U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation’s First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids
After months of threats, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge on Wednesday against the nonprofit Safehouse, which is hoping to open what could be the nation’s first site where people with opioid addiction can use drugs under medical supervision.
According to a noted physician who had traveled back in time, “What is this? The Dark Ages?” – Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy
The NPR article states:
The problem appears to consist in the definition of the word â€œsuccessfullyâ€. For most people, thwarting the safe use of drugs doesnâ€™t constitute a success. Prohibitionists, by contrast, apparently do consider it a success.
Illicit drugs are not of and by themselves some kind of unmanageable evil. Problems result when prohibition manages to incorporate its own brand of evil into drug usage practices resulting in errors or negligence on the part of drug consumers that can cause health problems or death.
Prohibitionists seek harm, not harm reduction; itâ€™s their policy.
Minus any harms, medical reasons cease to exist to prohibit a specific drug. All thatâ€™s left are some dubious and anachronistic moral justifications for proscription endorsed by certain dwindling religious groups. Their reasons alone could never withstand a legal challenge in a US court because their rationalizations violate separation of church and state.
Consider the latest University of Exeter research on MDMA:
If prohibs always get their way by outlawing empathogens such as MDMA, much empathy will be forestalled or eliminated in American society. More people will feel less empathic toward those suffering from opioid disorders. Their attitude would constitute a success under the oppressive definitions and dogma of prohibitionism.
Servetus, this line of your post really struck a chord with me “”The problem appears to consist in the definition of the word â€œsuccessfullyâ€. For most people, thwarting the safe use of drugs doesnâ€™t constitute a success. Prohibitionists, by contrast, apparently do consider it a success.””
With some tweaking it seems worthy of Guitherism status :)! Thank you for keeping us thinking with fresh content.
It seems that one of the prohibitionist mantras must be:
We will not stop so long as anyone anywhere is enjoying themselves, relaxing, or medicating in a manner They deem unacceptable or safe.
I hope 2019 will continue to make the prohibitionist institutions into decrepit charnel towers.
And there you have it. HL Mencken observed the same thing in his day:
HL Mencken, Notes on Democracy, 1925 pg 172-174 (Emphasis mine – k.)
There is indeed something dark and evil in the hearts of such people. Always has been. They’re always so happy to be the pavers of the Road to Hell, never minding the heat or where it comes from, unshakable in their certainty that they are paving the way to Utopia, yet it always winds up that the history books are written in the blood of their victims.
@DdC and etc
On Friday in New Zealand which would be Thursday in the US. I had a appointment with my own family doctor Steven Low. Well when it came to discussing with me about losing weight, my family doctor tried to tell me I should be on weight medication. I told him I am not keen on weight medication but I would like to use Cannabis or a strain with high THCV to lose weight. I also showed him a safety report done by Dr Raphael Mechoulam certifying that I would not be impaired at work or would I go through a psychoactive high. Instead my family doctor told me he will not discuss it and despite having the available research, my family doctor Steven Low ignored it. I reckon this is a case of Dr Quack.
You’re on the Right side of the Fight Mr Alex…
The Prohibidiots have to live with themselves.
Keep the Faith
– 608 impressions, wetf that means???
New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana in 2020
The Colorado House of Representatives
Unanimously passed a bill adding autism spectrum disorders as medical cannabis qualifying conditions.
Wasting Obesity on Ganja
The case history of a heart patient is the focus of warnings from Alexandra Saunders, MD, Dalhousie University, Saint John, NB, Canada. The patient, stabilized on heart meds, consumed too much of a marijuana lollipop and subsequently experienced cardiac pain:
One of the three most common accidents occurring in bathrooms in the home involves someone with a weak heart experiencing a cardiac event because they strained themselves too much while taking a crap. Perhaps due to the fecal ick factor, the accident doesnâ€™t get a lot of press coverage compared to a panic attack from cannabis. Nor is comparable attention paid to SWAT raids on drug suspects leading to heart failures and death. Such attention would distract the public from reefer madness policies. Thousands of researchers, prohibitionists, and politicians currently face probable job losses if something seriously harmful about marijuana cannot be discoveredâ€”or at least faked.
off topic drive by…
gosh, reading an article and I find myself quoted (and 5 years younger!):
Baby Boomers Are the Fastest Growing Cannabis Consumer
Yo ho ho!
Right on, Allan! That’s cool. Really wish I could find the thread about ten years ago where the prohib I was trying to rebut weighed in on my comment with the words “You’ve put your ladder up the wrong tree….marijuana will never be legalized….” Like to see what he thinks of “trees” now…
Welcome Home Allan, no truer words were ever spoken…
A new marijuana meta-analysis is making the rounds in the land of the prohib. The study claims a causal link exists between depression and/or suicidal behavior if the adult patient smoked pot as an adolescent. The Telegraph is going all out by declaring a 40-percent increase in risk of depression as an adult.
The AAAS press release sounds ominous:
The study and the news media reporting it ignore the origins of depression in their presumptions about marijuana usage. According to Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., at the Mayo Clinic:
The researchers and the yellow press repeatedly ignore the fact that a large percentage of people use marijuana medicinally to treat depression. A study on treating depressionâ€™s symptoms using cannabis was gathered with data obtained from the Strainprint app and gave the following results:
The prohibitionist-skewed McGill research says that premorbidity for depression was ruled out, but how? Genetic testing for depression is unlikely to be successful. The McGill researchers fail to explore why an herb that allegedly causes depression should be such a popular remedy for treating it.
As certain people are genetically predisposed to depression, its emergence would seem to be inevitable given the kinds of social demands and challenges existing in the US culture, especially if their depression is driven or initiated by anxiety.
Original Article: â€œDOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.4500. This research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Quebec Network on Suicide, Mood Disorders and Related Disorders.â€
Walter E. Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University, has written a syndicalized column praising Alex Berensonâ€™s â€œhidden issues concerning marijuanaâ€. Williams quotes Berenson, author of â€œTell Your Childrenâ€, as saying marijuana as a pain killer is too weak to substitute it for opiates. It sounds as if neither Berenson nor Williams ever had the opportunity to compare the two medications in a personal medical emergency, such as while mending from a broken bone:
Professor Williams, a traditionalist fascist, has come under strong criticism for other remarks heâ€™s made. He is the object of a petition signed by 445 students at George Mason University for discriminatory remarks regarding gays:
Joe Rogan hosted a debate on his podcast between anti-marijuana author Alex Berenson and Dr. Mike Hart.
Alex Berenson is doubling down on reefer madness. Now heâ€™s claiming that criticism of him and his book is a consequence of Big Marijuana acting exactly like Big Tobacco which raised and promoted doubts about tobacco causing cancer.
Meanwhile, Berenson continues to cultivate his Big Fraud. A quick vote is available for the reader asking if marijuana is safe enough or requires more doubt (research):
Where has Berenson been residing, on Pluto or something? That comment, alone, is so far out there, he might as well have been living on the edge of the Solar System. Kleiman has been anything but a fan of legalization and has made his opinions regarding it clear enough! IMNSHO, he played the starring role in trying to strangle Washington State’s legal cannabis program while in the cradle.
What’s even more humorous is that Berenson is going after Kleiman like a schizophrenic suffering from tunnel vision. One of legalization’s greatest foes – Kleiman – is being figuratively mauled by what should be one of his greatest allies. Truly, the more fanatical the prohib, the more likely that he will eat his own.
Oh, this is so rich One of the ‘Crazy Uncles’ (Berenson) escaped the prohib attic where he was confined, fell rolling down the stairs into the street, and is now foaming at the mouth and biting the leg of a ‘family member’ (Kleiman). I gotta go get some popcorn; hold my seat on The Couch, willya?
The the shallowness of your average prohib and their ability to psychologically project never ceases to amaze me. Cannabists have been the target of an often savage, systematic repression for decades, repression cheer-led by such as Berenson, but the moment his kind is challenged, they cry piteously and try to play the victim.
Sorry, Alex, but that don’t work anymore. The demographics you so desperately needed have turned their backs on you. Those you foolishly thought you could effortlessly BS into supporting your sweet little racket has your number. They aren’t buying what you’re selling, in fact, they’re boycotting it with every vote in every State where re-legalization is proposed.
It’s like when a comedian is either unaware (or refuses to believe) that the audience no longer laughs with him, but at him. A wise one soon learns to develop new ‘material’, or departs the stage. Berenson isn’t even using new material, just stale old scare stories long disproved. Even the title of his book, dredged up from the scummy sea-bottom of Time where it sank into well-earned ignominy decades ago, is a demonstration of his lack of originality.
It was said here long ago that the prohibs have shot their wad. They never had an ounce of originality to begin with, and have only the ability to try to recycle old memes cobbled together, like a Frankenstein’s Monster, and furiously peddle the propaganda equivalent of a bicycle headlight generator attached to the Monster’s electrodes in hopes their fabrication will arise, walk and terrify those they seek to deceive. Instead, like the aforementioned comedian, all that happens is that people with more than three brain cells to click together laugh at them. Pathetic.
And I still come across people who don’t support legalizing the harder stuff. What does it say about the subconscious of said individuals: that they would will and hurl death towards others–the innocent, in hopes that their loved one won’t make a bad ‘decision’. With Medical Marijuana we’ve got compassion for the sick and with cannabis legalization, we’ve got compassion on citizens rights and the economy.
If the American people knew that they were the ones who were dishing out the illegal heroin to the terrorists in the form of the law–what then? A SAFE INJECTION SITE is the first step to ending the WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. And Conservatives should love that. Oh, Jesus, Oh, Mother of God: We’ve got Christians who complain about Abortion and yet believe meth is rationally illegal . . . that’s like a Christian offering a scared little pregnant teenage girl a ride to the abortion clinic in their Mercedes. The Drug laws seek to remove children with violence in places like Mexico, L.A., Syria, Paris, etc via drug money. The millennial age old question: would you rather Osama Bin Laden have just one million dollars or 100 million dollars?
With full legalization, they’ll slowly discover that America won’t go to hell in a handbag and full drug legalization can then be underway, but only after tens of thousands of more people die from drug money funded violence.
Happy Valentine’s Day Couch and may all your boxes of chocolates be edibles and that Cupid drops a couple of pounds of your favorite cannabis onto your laps.
Heroin and meth are driving record high syphilis rates in the US https://mol.im/a/6709913
Needle exchanges and safe injection sites can stop this problem in it’s tracks.