Medical marijuana coverage on Channel 7

The Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation welcomes Channel 7’s stereotype busting story about the use of medical marijuana among older Americans. The complete video of this story, which aired on the network’s Sunday Night program, is available to view on their website. Efforts to establish a medical cannabis trial in New South Wales have been underway since 1999. In October 2011 the Californian Medical Association [CMA] became the first medical society to officially support marijuana legalisation. Their President James T. Hay MD, as reported by the American Medical Association, explained that: “This was a carefully considered, deliberative decision made exclusively on medical and scientific...

Methadone in Afghanistan

Injecting drug users in Afghanistan (and around the world) are routinely denied access to opioid substitution therapy and are regular victims of police brutality and corruption. Their lives are characterised by extreme poverty, imprisonment, homelessness and hopelessness. The injustices they face are often perpetrated in the name of, and magnified by, misguided anti-drug policies. A video which documents the harm reduction efforts in Afghanistan can be found below (you may need to watch in fullscreen mode to read the...

Opiophobia

A perfect system for pain management with no non-therapeutic use of prescription medication is not a realistic goal. It should not be the basis of policy making – especially when it would involve treating all patients as suspect. Acceptance of this fact isn’t surrender, it’s wisdom. For a more nuanced understanding of the issue I recommend: Pain, physical dependence and pseudoaddiction: redefining addiction for ‘nice’...

Canadians look to quit drug war

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition have released a concise paper on the failure of chemical prohibition – the use of criminal law to thwart the sale, distribution and use of certain psychoactive substances. A link to the report can be found here. According to a press release, the work of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition has been endorsed by Senator Pierre Claude Nolin; a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. There is a growing awareness among Conservatives that drug prohibition has failed. Continuing to fund a failing policy is not the conservative thing to...