Ending Weed Prohibition Hasn’t Stopped Drug Crimes

James Graham Legalizing POT was supposed to reduce crime, or so advocates argued. The theory was simple: As cannabis buyers beat a path to the nearest dispensary, the black market would dry up, and with it the industry’s criminal element. Indeed, a study recently published in The Economic Journal found that after medical marijuana was […]

‘Slap on the wrist’: Drug dealer who raped dying schoolgirl gets less than 3yrs in jail

A prison sentence of 34 months given to 20-year-old drug dealer was the legal maximum, despite his admitting to overdosing and raping an 18-year-old schoolgirl, as well as allowing her to die and trying to dispose of her body. Snohomish County Judge Linda Krese was “surprised” and “outraged” by the deficiency in Washington’s state law […]

‘Scapegoat framed by US & Mexico’: El Chapo’s lawyer claims real drug lord walks free & bribes govts

Drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman had been framed by corrupt US and Mexican officials who let his chief lieutenant remain at large to lead the Sinaloa cartel instead, his defense claimed, at the start of the high-profile trial. Guzman was made a ‘scapegoat’ by a corrupt Mexican government in an American drug war, so […]

Molecule-level ‘CT scans’ could lead to faster drug discovery

Scientists like to use x-rays when determining chemical structures to develop drugs, but it’s an agonizingly slow process. As they need large, pure crystals, it can take weeks or even years to produce something big enough for studying. However, that time might be cut down to a matter of minutes. Researchers have developed a CT […]

What ayahuasca — Silicon Valley’s latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body

AP Photo/Martin Mejia When brewed, the jungle vines and leaves that make ayahuasca have strange powers, often described as mystical. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic compound — along the lines of LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, though with different effects — that’s been used for thousands of years by shamans and communities in and around the Amazon […]