Canada to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

http://time.com/4714169/canada-marijuana-pot-weed-legalization-2018-justin-trudeau/

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14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here’s What Portugal Looks Like

14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here’s What Portugal Looks Like.

In 2001, the Portuguese government did something that the United States would find entirely alien. After many years of waging a fierce war on drugs, it decided to flip its strategy entirely: It decriminalized them all.

If someone is found in the possession of less than a 10-day supply of anything from marijuana to heroin, he or she is sent to a three-person Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, typically made up of a lawyer, a doctor and a social worker. The commission recommends treatment or a minor fine; otherwise, the person is sent off without any penalty. A vast majority of the time, there is no penalty.

Fourteen years after decriminalization, Portugal has not been run into the ground by a nation of drug addicts. In fact, by many measures, it’s doing far better than it was before.”

Research on marijuana’s negative health effects summarized in report — ScienceDaily

Research on marijuana’s negative health effects summarized in report — ScienceDaily.

via Research on marijuana’s negative health effects summarized in report — ScienceDaily.

The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports. The review describes the science establishing that marijuana can be addictive and that this risk for addiction increases for daily or young users. It also offers insights into research on the gateway theory indicating that marijuana use, similar to nicotine and alcohol use, may be associated with an increased vulnerability to other drugs.