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*Be forewarned, this is a LONG article, but worth the read. I’ve been preaching the info for a while, but here’s a journalist’s researched and well-written version for the masses.
A terrible number of words have been written about Breaking Bad, yet none have struck upon the irony at its core. For all of the cult hit’s vaunted fine-brush realism and sly cultural references, the show never even winked at the real world “blue” that grew up alongside it.
During the five years Heisenberg spent as a blue-meth cook, the nation experienced a nonfictional explosion in the manufacture and sale of sapphire pills and azure capsules containing amphetamine. This other “blue,” known by its trade names Adderall and Vyvanse, found its biggest market in classrooms like Walter White’s. As this blue speed is made and sold in anodyne corporate environments, the drama understandably focused on blue meth and its buyers, usually depicted as jittery tweakers picking at lesions and wearing rags on loan from the cannibal gangs of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
For presenting such a compelling one-sided cartoon of speed in America, Breaking Bad deserves recognition as a modern day Reefer Madness. That 1937 film immortalized the selective attentions of the first drug war, in which hysteria was stoked over Mexican marijuana but nothing was said about that era’s brisk drugstore trade in Benzedrine, the patented speed of the Great Depression.To understand why the “edgy” AMC drama fits so snug in the Reefer Madness mold, it helps to see the show from the perspective of pharmaceutical executives, whom I suspect held some rowdy Breaking Bad viewing parties.
Continue reading over at Vice | Motherboard.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a marijuana research organization.
“The DEA is a police and propaganda agency,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Wednesday. “It makes no sense for it to be in charge of federal decisions involving scientific research and medical practice.”
The report alleges that the DEA has repeatedly failed to act in a timely fashion when faced with petitions to reschedule marijuana. The drug is currently classified as Schedule I, which the DEA reserves for the “most dangerous” drugs with “no currently accepted medical use.” Schedule I drugs, which include substances like heroin and LSD, cannot receive federal funding for research. On three separate occasions — in 1973, 1995 and again in 2002 — the DEA took years to make a final decision about a rescheduling petition, and in two of the cases the DEA was sued multiple times to force a decision.
Continue Reading @huffingtonpost New Report Blasts DEA For Spending 4 Decades Obstructing Marijuana Science.
If you don’t know already, our private prisons are a big problem. In the last 30 years our prison population has grown by 400%. Disgusting. Take a couple minutes and get your learn on, then share with a friend.
Despite the increasing nationwide popularity of legalizing marijuana, admitting use for recreational or medical purposes, especially among certain professions, still has stigma attached. Anti-marijuana groups often point to studies that suggest long-term use could result in a lack of motivation, seemingly claiming that there is no such thing as a functional pot user.However, according to several studies on marijuana use in the U.S., at least 14 million Americans admit to smoking pot regularly — and they can’t all be couch potatoes.
Read more, plus some cool Whisper images Confessions Of A Pot-Smoking Police Officer, Firefighter And Youth Pastor.
Ever since Colorado’s first recreational marijuana stores opened for business on January 1, the media has been largely fixated on the vast fortunes to be made legally selling that once illicit herb. Turns out, a lot of people want to buy pot, and they prefer to be treated like customers, instead of criminals. Who knew?
Of course, while reefer reform’s lately all the rage among the chattering classes, nobody’s exactly eager to explain how the government’s rapidly crumbling big lies about marijuana ever managed to survive for so long in the so-called information age. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta came closest with his hugely influential on screen mea culpa last August, telling millions of viewers around the world that “we have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”
Specifically, Gupta admitted to ignoring studies conducted outside the US showing cannabis’s tremendous healing properties; trusting the government’s pronouncements on the drug’s purported dangers without examining the underlying science; and being “too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.”
Continue reading over at Vice|Motherboard