drug war

The Scientific Activist

Category archives for drug war

Yesterday, the influential AMA (American Medical Association) announced that it would cease its opposition to the concept of medical marijuana and instead advocate for a change in federal classification of the drug. From the LA Times: The American Medical Assn. on Tuesday urged the federal government to reconsider its classification of marijuana as a dangerous…

Back in August, I reported on an ACMD study buried in the back of a UK government report. The study gave strong evidence that the current drug classification scheme in the UK was fundamentally flawed and was not based on the actual danger of a given drug. The study has now been published in this…

Mandatory sentencing laws are disliked by many, and for good reason. Judges often criticize these laws for taking away their judicial sovereignty, while others decry the inherent disparity in which they affect minorities and those of lower socioeconomic status. They often lead to inordinately severe punishments for arguably minor, generally drug-related, crimes. The good news…

Yesterday, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee released a report entitled Drug Classification: Making a Hash of It?, which challenges the logic behind current drug classifications in the UK, especially when tied to legal penalities. The report discusses specific cases where drugs were misclassified or their classifications were changed for political, rather than…

This post from the archives describes a recent research finding that may be welcome news for some…. (24 May 2006) If you know what I’m talking about, and if you are in fact “cool”, then you might also be interested in the findings presented Tuesday by Dr. Donald Tashkin and his coauthors at an American…

From the archives: (19 January 2006) Which of the following does not belong? (a) abortion (b) medical marijuana (c) physician-assisted suicide Although all three are contentious and litigious medical issues, the answer seems to be choice (b), medical marijuana, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. On January 17, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Gonzales…

Although a given scientific paper probably has at least something fairly interesting or unique about it, most people aren’t going to be too interested in reading about, for example, the structural details of the protein-protein interactions between cytoplasmic integrin tails and focal adhesion-associated proteins (my work). But this paper… man, this is completely different. Not…