There’s been a very visible sea change in the relationship between Americans and drugs. ~ Akei | Drug Policy

"Just as China has become the place to manufacture cheaply everything from tennis shoes to iPads to Bibles, so it is with drugs. Clandestine labs produce vast quantities of ketamine and other synthetics which are now fuelling a worldwide boom. Some are now calling China the new front in the global war on drugs."

"Campaigners have pursued a state-by-state strategy, but for many medical marijuana is more about paving the way for legalisation than about helping the sick. In most states officials and dispensary-owners conspire in the fiction that customers are all “patients” and shops merely non-profit “co-operatives”. The doctor’s “recommendations” needed to procure marijuana are easy to obtain."

Conversations with Dr. Carl Hart in UP Diliman ~ Akei | Drug Policy

Substance Abuse: Out of the Box Policies & Strategies - Dr. Carl Hart in UP Manila - NoBox Transitions Foundation, Inc. ~ Akei | Drug Policy

"If enacted, the Philippines will be the first country in Asia to legalize the medical use of marijuana."

"The C.M.C. psychologists are blunt about the reasons many teenagers and young adults use drugs: When it comes to decreasing anxiety and relieving depression, substances tend to work for the short term. “Kids aren’t crazy for using them,” Dr. Wilkens said. “They have an effect that is reinforcing in some way. If you understand that, you can strategically work to support and reinforce other healthy, competing behaviors.”"

"Both rich and poor have special reason to indulge. Taxes and laws make alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs pricey, so well-off people can afford them more often than the rest. At the opposite end of the scale, the poor may be more inclined than most to get high: tuning out becomes more appealing as real life gets less enjoyable. DrugScope, a charity, reckons that many of its clients take drugs as “self-medication” for social and psychological problems."

Dr. Carl Hart in UP Diliman - NoBox Transitions Foundation, Inc. ~ Akei | Drug Policy

"Throughout the summit, I heard speakers from the marijuana industry use the term “adult-use” as opposed to “recreational,” and here’s why: When’s the last time you went out for recreational beer? Or had recreational cigar after dinner? Adult-use marijuana makes the more direct distinction that non-medicinal marijuana use is for adults only."

"Earlier, Fr. Dan Cansino, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Health Care, expressed concern about the possible adverse effects of the proposed legislation such as leading users to greater substance abuse despite the limitations provided for in the bill."

"Based on the study, which was done in March, the majority of Filipinos regularly drink alcohol. Fifty-eight percent said they drank alcoholic beverages, consuming six bottles or glasses of alcohol per week."

"“Once your brain is vaporised, the lights go out for good. Even an exact physical duplicate of your body and brain would not be you—although it would certainly believe it was.”"

"The Templars, who in recent years won the turf battle, took advantage of the fact that Michoacán is Mexico’s biggest producer of iron ore. Officials say they muscled in and forced the local mine bosses, some of whom are Chinese, to pay from $4 to $7 per tonne of mineral extracted. By some accounts, they also sent shipments of iron ore and other minerals to China themselves, including gold, which was hidden in containers. In return, the Chinese have sent chemical precursors for making synthetic drugs. With iron ore shipments from Lázaro Cárdenas rising to 4m tonnes last year from 1.5m previously, the bonanza was reckoned to be worth many millions of dollars. "

"Decriminalisation may be a useful first step towards a saner approach to drugs. Battling a fearsome murder rate, Jamaica’s police surely have better things to do than arrest people for getting high. In any case, sending drug users to jail is usually an expensive waste of time. But decriminalisation’s flaw is that it does nothing to undermine the criminal monopoly on the multi-billion-dollar drugs industry. The decriminalised cocaine consumed without criminal consequences in Portugal is still supplied by the gangs who cut off heads in Colombia. Only legalisation takes the business out of the hands of the mafia. Jamaica’s plan to decriminalise ganja is good news for the people who harmlessly smoke it. But unless it is followed up eventually by legalisation, there is a danger that it is also good news for the violent crooks who sell it."