Would a Border Wall Stop Drugs from Entering the US?

January 10, 2019

Trump’s wall is just the latest in a long history of cultural artifacts designed with racist intentions. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  Having taken the US government hostage with his shutdown in an attempt to blackmail the Democrats into accepting his budget for a border wall, US...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Defining “Conference”

November 15, 2017

Making intellectual endeavor truly and literally addictive. Today’s 3D Definition: Conference According to Wikipedia, a conference or a symposium is a gathering intended to “provide an important channel for exchange of information between researchers.” They are routinely organized for many...

The Philippine “Punisher” Could Be a Man of Peace

September 03, 2016

How has Rodrigo Duterte fared as president of the Philippines 100 days after taking office? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. He has threatened to pull the Philippines out of the United Nations (UN); he has ridiculed diplomats; he...

Holy Smoke: The Cannabis-Growing Nuns of California

May 06, 2016

California nuns who grow medicinal cannabis are fighting to keep the project alive. “Sisters of the Valley,” Kate and Darcy, have been cultivating medicinal cannabis for patients who aren’t able to obtain it. Due to legislative bans in the California’s Central Valley, a potentially...

Is Heroin Really “Yesterday’s Problem” in Russia?

July 02, 2015

To combat its multifaceted drug epidemic, Russia needs to drastically overhaul its attitude to rehabilitation. According to a recent poll by the Levada Center, 88% of Russians over the age of 18 have never taken drugs outside medical prescription. Only 17% know someone who has used...

Indonesia Needs the Death Penalty to Deter Drug Traffickers

April 30, 2015

Indonesia’s spiraling drug problem is the main reason why Jokowi should maintain his tough anti-drug stance. International pressure has mounted on Indonesia in recent months to stop its enforcement of the death penalty. In January, Indonesian President Joko Widodo — known as Jokowi —...

Why Are Politicians Still Referring to Marijuana as a Gateway Drug?

April 20, 2015

Marijuana can help drug users prevent, control and even stop hard drug use. With US states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug. The gateway theory...

The UK Lags Far Behind on Drug Policy

April 17, 2015

Will the United Kingdom follow the US example and reform its cannabis laws? Despite the worldwide trend in recent years calling for the liberalization of cannabis laws, the United Kingdom has maintained its hostile attitude toward reform of its domestic drug policy, and it has demonstrated few...

Drug Policy is Determined by Politics, Not Evidence

April 15, 2015

Drug policy has never been about reducing harm or protecting the public. History shows that drug policy is rarely about preventing harm. More often, it is concerned with issues of race, profit, morality and political power. In late 2014, British Home Secretary Theresa May came under fire from...

Cannabis Legalization Promotes Public Health and Safety

March 16, 2015

The question is not whether we should legally regulate cannabis, but how and when. The issue of cannabis legalization has moved decisively from the margins to the mainstream of political debate. Over recent years, Uruguay and four US states, as well as Washington DC, have decided to legalize...

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