Jag Davies

New FBI Report: One Arrest for Drug Possession Every 25 Seconds in 2016, As Drug War Rages On

You may have heard that President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are “re-starting” the drug war.  Well, it never actually ended.

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4 Reasons Why the U.S. Needs to Decriminalize Drugs - And Why We're Closer Than You Think

Half of all adults in the U.S. have used an illegal drug at some point.   If this was your loved one, family member or friend, would they deserve to be arrested, jailed, and face a lifetime of punishment and discrimination?

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Psychedelics Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According to New Study

The criminalization of people who use psychedelics is rooted in myths that are the vestiges of colonialism and the drug war – and, one by one, those myths are crumbling down.

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Trump on Drugs: Nightmare Scenarios Looking Ever More Probable

What a strange time to be fighting to end the war on drugs and the mentality that gave rise to it. In recent years we’ve won a wide range of once-unimaginable victories and super-majorities of public support—and yet we now face the prospect of the federal government undoing our painstaking progress and committing newfangled atrocities that were unimaginable just a month or so ago.

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We Still Have a Chance to Stop Kratom Prohibition – And the DEA Actually Wants to Hear Your Thoughts

This summer, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intent to ban kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia and currently used by millions in the United States. After DPA members and activists sent over 70,000 messages to Congress, 51 U.S. Representatives and almost a dozen Senators asked the DEA to postpone their ban.

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Marijuana Wins Big, As Dark Struggles Loom

This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition -- no other reform was approved by so many citizens on so many ballots this year.  Legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year.

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Why Kratom's Getting Banned - and How We Can Stop This Drug War Madness

The DEA’s recent move to prohibit and criminalize kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia, shows us just how far we are from the drug war’s ultimate demise. Without any serious scientific analysis, the DEA intends to subject anyone caught with any quantity of kratom to long prison sentences, while obstructing scientific investigation into the plant’s medical benefits.

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Why is the U.S. Disregarding Plants Like Iboga and Kratom in the Fight Against Overdose and Addiction?

With overdose death rates more than doubling in the U.S. since 2000, we need to be examining every possible avenue to save lives and reduce the harms of drug misuse and addiction.  

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Did the U.S. Just Quash a UN Report Calling for Drug Decriminalization?

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) appeared set to call on governments to end the criminalization of drug use and possession, according to DPA Honorary Board Member Richard Branson – but in a dramatic turn of events withdrew its briefing paper under pressure from at least one country, according to the BBC.

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Using Psychedelics Shouldn't Be a Crime

Psychedelic substances have been used around the world for thousands of years for religious and therapeutic purposes. In the 1950s and 1960s, psychedelics were considered promising treatments for a broad range of psychological conditions, and for otherwise-healthy people seeking to improve their creativity or well-being. Tens of thousands of people were introduced to them in clinical studies, as an adjunct to psychotherapy, or as part of a religious or spiritual practice.

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