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Chronicle AM: NY Legalization Effort Continues, Brazil Drug Survey Suppressed, More... (6/14/19)

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #1071)

The New York legislature has less than a week to get marijuana legalization done, a bid to open research on Schedule I drugs dies in the House, the Brazilian government appears to be suppressing a drug use survey that undercuts its war on drugs rationale, and more.

Mexico can produce about 100 metric tons of heroin a year from its opium poppy crop, the drug czar's office says. (UNODC)
Marijuana Policy

Marijuana Legalization Inching Forward in New York. With the legislative session coming to an end next week, Assembly Democrats went into a closed-door conference Thursday evening seeking a path forward. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have also been discussing the bill these past two days, with those discussions deemed largely positive. Lawmakers have until next Wednesday to get it done.

Drug Policy

House Democrats Join Republicans to Defeat Ocasio-Cortez Amendment to Ease Research Barriers for Schedule I Drugs. A majority of House Democrats joined their GOP colleagues in voting down an amendment that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) filed to expand research into the potential benefits of Schedule I substances. The amendment would have removed a longstanding budget rider that bars the use of federal funds for "any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I." Ocasio-Cortez had pointed to psilocybin and MDMA as examples of understudied drugs, but Schedule I also contains marijuana and heroin. Democrats voted against the measure after the Democratic leadership failed to give members a directive to support it. It was the only amendment not supported by the leadership.


Brazilian Government Accused of Suppressing Data That Could Challenge Its War on Drugs. Researchers familiar with a national drug use survey commissioned in 2014 are accusing the government of President Jairo Bolsonaro of suppressing its publication because it contradicts the government's assertion that drug use is a widespread and growing problem in the country. The government argues that the renowned Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Rio de Janeiro, which conducted the survey, didn't follow proper methodologies, a claim the foundation strenuously denies. "FIOCRUZ is proud of the work carried out by its researchers and ensures that [the survey] complied with what was proposed in the public notice, respecting all the methodological, scientific and ethical rigor pertinent to this type of study," says a statement released by the foundation on 21 May. Leaked data from the survey found that less than 1% of Brazilians reported ever using crack cocaine -- the main focus of the government's drug war.

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newageblues (not verified)

but it's getting harder and harder to deny the extent of the harm their prohibition has done to psychotherapy and mental health. As with medicinal cannabis, there will be tears and tears when people understand all the unnecessary suffering they and their loved ones have gone through.

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 7:05pm Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)

In reply to by newageblues (not verified)

But you ARE a part of the problem, Newageblues.

Your consistent right-wing advocacy, your "both-siderism", your MAGA cult affiliation, your sick obsession with Nancy Pelosi, all pushes in the wrong direction.   Those are all Republican tactics.

But you knew that, right?  I mean, that's your goal: to advocate for right wing policies.

But marijuana legalization -- indeed, any meaningful drug policy reform -- will come from the progressive left (Democrats), not from the alt-right (Republicans) or  the alt-right masters you serve, crybaby. 

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:02pm Permalink
saynotohypocrisy (not verified)

In reply to by Dain Bramage (not verified)

If you don't know, just fucking say so, instead of going off on your deranged punked out friendly fire.

I ain't obsessed with Pelosi, though she and her lieutenants really should make way for new blood, she's a liability.    What I'm obsessed with is medical marijuana, and for good reason, there's people who can't wait for the law to change, they are out of time.

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 7:46pm Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)


She needs MORE support, not less!  Say it with me, Newageblues!  "We love AOC!"





...or would that conflict with your alt-right views?

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:15pm Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)

In reply to by Dain Bramage (not verified)

...and there is something else I need to point out here.

AOC didn't get what she wanted from some of the Democrats.  But she isn't going to betray her values by voting Republican, I goddamn guarantee it!!   She is still a Democrat.  One of the best.

As voters, we should follow her example.  Negotiate amongst the Democrats; but remain united to hand the Republicans their collective ass in 2020!!

The Republicans have sold their soul to Moscow.  And Saudi Arabia.  And anybody else with a buck or two.  They DON'T love America.  America now exists only among the Democrats and the political left, where dialogue, compromise, and consensus may still yet be possible.  I dearly hope so.

Payday is coming.

Register to vote now, progressives.  It's your national call of duty!  Payback time against the Republicans.

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:33pm Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)

Republicans simply do not have the standing to speak for the cause of either marijuana legalization, or drug policy reform.  They are, in effect, infiltrators; their objectives are inherently in conflict with the goals of drug policy reform.

Here's why:

1. The "reefer madness"/"alternative facts" split-brain lobotomy.  Republicans will use logic and reason when opposing "reefer madness"; yet, they will gobble down, and shit back out, right-wing "alternative facts" without the slightest apparent cognitive dissonance. 

In short, Republicans have no fucking integrity!  I call it an intellectual lobotomy. 

Republican politicians like Matt Gaetz and Cory Gardner memorize and regurgitate our legalization talking points, but then they display satanic levels of fascist loyalty to Trump, Putin, and their alt-right white-supremacist agenda -- which is, to put it mildly, fully incompatible with the objectives of drug policy reform.

2. Hard fact: The Republicans stoners and "intellectuals"  (cough) who actually want marijuana legalization ONLY WANT IT UNDER A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION.  This means their first principle is loyalty to Republicanism, which is incompatible with principles of reform.

They had already sold out the cause of drug policy reform to their white supremacist ideologies before they joined it.  They will continue to do so until they are ejected from positions of power.

Face the fact!  Republicans' support for marijuana legalization is RENDERED VOID by their support for their FIRST PRINCIPLE, which is POWER for the Republican party, AT ALL COSTS -- TRUTH AND JUSTICE BE DAMMED! !

Is it not self-evident that these priorities invalidate a Republican's moral authority to speak for the marijuana legalization movement?

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 5:58am Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)

The marijuana legalization community faces a choice. We must either: a) fully and completely renounce Trump; or, b) abandon all principle and integrity, and ultimately, our credibility.  


If the marijuana legalization community rejects the lies called "Reefer Madness" then it must also reject the lies called "alternative facts", or else it loses all credibility.  


Conversely, if the marijuana legalization community does not stand united against Trump, Trump's "alternative facts", and the injustices that follow as a result, then the marijuana legalization community loses the moral authority to challenge the prohibitionists false claims and pseudo-science, and the injustices that follow as a result.

We cannot allow our credibility to depend on Trump's credibility,  for he has none.


Sun, 06/16/2019 - 8:57am Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)

(From First Amendment at Daily Kos:)

Check out this shocking nugget—from a New York Times piece covering current U.S. cyber operations against Russia. Okay, not shocking...


Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place “implants” — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid.


Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials.



The Pentagon can’t trust this “president” for good reason. He’s Vladimir Putin’s puppet and he’s revealed classified information to Russia before, when he met with the Russian foreign minister in 2017.

This is what our government has come to—where our U.S Intelligence officials are actually defending the country from within, against “president” who they believe will take issue with anything that has to do with Russia. They are rightly concerned that he could very well relay information to the Kremlin. 

Intelligence officials are literally handling Trump like he’s a traitor. After watching Trump’s performance during his interview with George Stephanopoulos, it’s very easy to see why they would.

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:30am Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)

In reply to by saynotohypocrisy (not verified)

No, I'm enjoying living inside your head rent free, instead!


Friendly fire?  That's what I am smoking on.  Republicans are no friend to the American cannabis consumer.

Nice try separating Trump from the Republicans.  But the Republicans support and protect Trump.  That makes them evil shit stains, too, just like Trump.

Go fuck yourself,  Republican whore.

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 8:19pm Permalink

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