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Booze in Russia: the opium for the masses   Leave a comment


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Alcohol consumption in Russia stays among the highest in the world. According to the WHO 2011 report, annual per capita consumption was about 15.76 litres, fourth highest volume in Europe. Another dangerous trait of Russian alcohol consumption pattern was high volume of spirits compared to other consumed alcohol drinks.

Russia currently implements a variety of anti-alcoholism measures (banning spirits and beer trade at night, raising taxes, and others). According to medicine officials, these policies result in a considerable fall of alcohol consumption volumes, to 13.5 litres by 2013, and wine and beer taking over spirits as the main source of consumed alcohol. These levels are more comparable with European Union averages. Alcohol producers claim falling legal drinks consumption is accompanied by growth of sales of illegally produced drinks.

High volumes of alcohol consumption have serious negative effects on Russia’s social fabric and in its political, economic and public health ramifications. Alcoholism has been a problem throughout the country’s history because drinking is a pervasive, socially acceptable behavior in Russian society. It has also been a major source of government revenue for centuries. It has repeatedly been targeted as a major national problem, with mixed results.

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A Russian World War II veteran and a Chinese businessman drink a toast to mark the upcoming Victory Day, in a Chinese restaurant in Vladivostok, Russia's Far Eastern port about 9,300 kilometers (some 5,750 miles) east of Moscow, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Chinese businessmen invited Russian World War II veterans to celebrate the anniversary of the World War II victory in a Chinese restaurant. Russia celebrates the anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. (AP Photo)

A Russian World War II veteran and a Chinese businessman drink a toast to mark the upcoming Victory Day, in a Chinese restaurant in Vladivostok, Russia’s Far Eastern port about 9,300 kilometers (some 5,750 miles) east of Moscow, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Chinese businessmen invited Russian World War II veterans to celebrate the anniversary of the World War II victory in a Chinese restaurant. Russia celebrates the anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. (AP Photo)

 

A study by Russian, British and French researchers published in The Lancet scrutinized deaths between 1990 and 2001 of residents of three Siberian industrial towns with typical mortality rates and determined that 52% of deaths of people between the ages of 15 and 54 were the result of alcohol abuse. Lead researcher Professor David Zaridze estimated that the increase in alcohol consumption since 1987 has caused an additional three million deaths nationwide.

In 2007, Gennadi Onishenko, the country’s chief public health official, voiced his concern over the nearly threefold rise in alcohol consumption over the past 16 years; one in eight deaths was attributed to alcohol-related diseases, playing a major role in Russia’s population decline.  Men are particularly hit hard: according to a U.N. National Human Development Report, Russian males born in 2006 had a life expectancy of just over 60 years, or 17 years fewer than western Europeans, while Russian females could expect to live 13 years longer than their male counterparts.

In June 2009, the Public Chamber of Russia reported over 500,000 alcohol-related deaths annually, noting that Russians consume about 18 litres (4.0 imp gal; 4.8 US gal) of spirits a year, more than double the 8 litres (1.8 imp gal; 2.1 US gal) that World Health Organization experts consider dangerous.

 

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In the early 1980s, an estimated “two-thirds of murders and violent crimes were committed by intoxicated persons; and drunk drivers were responsible for 14,000 traffic deaths and 60,000 serious traffic injuries”. In 1995, about three quarters of those arrested for homicide were under the influence of alcohol, and 29% of respondents reported that children beaten within families were the victims of drunks and alcoholics.

A 1997 report published in the Journal of Family Violence, found that among male perpetrators of spousal homicide, 60–75% of offenders had been drinking prior to the incident.

 

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Posted January 3, 2017 by markosun in Drugs

The Doors of ‘Psychoactive Drug’ Perception   Leave a comment


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The term ‘psychoactive drug’ is used to describe any chemical substance that affects mood, perception or consciousness as a result of changes in the functioning of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

Psychoactive drugs are divided into 3 groups:

  • depressants: they slow down the central nervous system; for example: tranquillisers, alcohol, petrol, heroin and other opiates, cannabis (in low doses)
  • stimulants: they excite the nervous system; for example: nicotine, amphetamines, cocaine, caffeine
  • hallucinogens: they distort how things are perceived; for example: LSD, mescaline, ‘magic mushrooms’, cannabis (in high doses)

A few DOORS to contemplate:

Early effects of an LSD trip

 

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LSD trip two hours in

 

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Cocaine

 

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DMT

 

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Magic Mushrooms

 

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Cheap Sherry combined with Tylenol 3

 

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Crack Cocaine

 

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Mescaline

 

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Ecstasy

 

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Marijuana

 

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Heroine

 

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Posted December 26, 2016 by markosun in Drugs

Canadian Government Announces Information on Federal Grow-op Cannabis facility   Leave a comment


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After the Liberal party formed a majority government after the Canadian federal election, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that a federal-provincial-territorial process was being created to discuss a jointly suitable process for the legalization of cannabis possession for casual use. The plan was to remove cannabis consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code; however, new laws would be enacted for greater punishment of those convicted of supplying pot to minors and impairment while driving a motor vehicle. In November 2015, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said that she and the ministers of Health and Public Safety were working on specifics as to the legislation. During the annual Cannabis holiday in April 2016, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the government’s plan to introduce new legislation to the House of Commons the following spring.

In June 2016, Health Canada announced the newly formed (Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation,) created to seek input on the design of a new system to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to marijuana. The chair person of the panel was former federal Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan. An open public consultation form was available for Canadians from July to August 2016.

On December 13, 2016 the TFMLR announced the Logistics of the grow-op.

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The undisclosed location has been revealed to be somewhere within the Flin Flon, Manitoba, municipal boundary perimeter.

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State of the Art hydroponics combined with nuclear powered heat lamp renewable energy sources will allow non-stop plant reproduction.

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The Flin Flon facility will improve employee morale by providing the following: subsidized haircuts for employees who determine cannabis compatibility with top market rolling papers. A steam room that has animatronics alligator wrestling.  Also provided will be 52 centimetre T.V.’s plugged into the bathroom wall.

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This a big complex facility.

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A view of the inside blast dry tunnel that can dry down 24 metric tons of cannabis in 2 hours.

Check out Colorado, from the Denver Post.  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/12/colorado-marijuana-shops-billions-in-cannabis-pot/


Posted December 13, 2016 by markosun in Drugs

Most of Vancouver’s Heroin Supply Tainted with Fentanyl, Study Says   Leave a comment


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As British Columbia continues to grapple with skyrocketing rates of fentanyl overdoses, a new study confirms that the highly potent opioid has tainted the majority of drugs on the streets of Vancouver.

Insite, the city’s safe injection facility—and the first of its kind in North America—has found that 86 percent of drugs it tested from July to August contained fentanyl, which is more potent than heroin and around 100 times stronger than morphine. Free drug tests were offered for the first time as part of an ongoing pilot study to help inform people about what’s really in their substances.

Addictions specialists say the results, although from a small sample, signal that Canada’s fentanyl crisis is only getting worse, and other provinces across the country are likely to see similar trends in the near future.

Dr. David Juurlink, head of the clinical and pharmacology department at the University of Toronto said:

“People who use these products are playing Russian roulette,” he said. “It’s now a massive addiction problem, and we need to keep our minds open to any measures that will reduce harm in people who have addictions.” He said the importance of safe injection sites and other harm reduction tools.

“The epidemic is such that any intervention is worth considering, whether it’s testing, safe injection site—nothing should be off the table.”

Public health authorities have ramped up their monitoring of overdoses and overdose deaths in the province, releasing new data every few months. So far, 433 drug overdose deaths have been reported during the first six months of this year—a 75 percent jump from 2015—238 of which are said to have involved fentanyl.

There were 274 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Alberta last year, and 153 so far this year as of June.

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Health Canada has been heavily criticized for its lack of leadership on the opioid crisis, leaving provinces to act on their own.

On Wednesday, the department put out a statement saying it was moving to restrict six chemicals that are used to make illicit fentanyl. Health Canada is expected to host a national opioid summit at some point this fall.

BC overdoses as of March 2016

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Posted August 31, 2016 by markosun in Drugs

Here are some guys that know how to party   Leave a comment


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Posted August 12, 2016 by markosun in Drugs

Overdose deaths in British Columbia skyrocket   Leave a comment


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CBC

Overdose deaths up from 40 a month in 2015 to 64 a month this year

Drug overdose deaths have reached an average of 64 per month, up from 40 per month last year despite a public health emergency called last month.

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall also says the percentage of overdoses involving fentanyl has jumped to 49 per cent from less than a third in 2015.

Kendall says better info is going to be needed to get a handle on the overdose crisis, and on Thursday morning, orders for information gathering went out to ERs and ambulances across the province.

 

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“With the mapping we’re getting from B.C. Ambulance, we can get to location. We can get to time of day where they’re responding to overdoses, and that will tell us exactly where we should target our resources,” he told On The Coast guest host Gloria Macarenko.

Kendall says the declaration of a public health emergency has seen some positive results, including more awareness, more Naloxone being given to drug-using patients when they are discharged from hospitals and discussions at the municipal level to request supervised injection sites from Health Canada.

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The data also shows overdose deaths have jumped 327 percent since 2008, and Kendall says long-term solutions might require more than medical action.

“The logical answer, if we didn’t have moral qualms or political qualms or ethical qualms, would be to offer people a safer alternative,” he said.

“But that means a prescription alternative and that is completely contrary to most of our drug policies … so that is a political or policy challenge.”

Kendall says he’s hopeful about the wider availability of Suboxone in B.C., an opioid replacement drug safer  than methadone, and he’s hopeful it will become even more widely available in the future.

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Posted July 10, 2016 by markosun in Drugs

Marijuana Man has King Kong lungs   Leave a comment


Vice.com

This guy takes tokes that would topple a mule.  One of his tokes would put me in a coma.

Stephen Payne is a 45-year-old guy from Vancouver, British Columbia, who’s been taking bong rips on the internet since 1997. In that time he’s built something of a brand around his own version of suburban stonerism with a blog, a live show, and 92,268 subscribers to his YouTube channel, Marijuana Man. See the trailer below if you want more on that.

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Nearly all his videos, as you might have guessed, feature Steve getting fried on a variety of bongs supplied by his sponsors. And most of the 569 videos are shot in what looks like his parents’ basement, wearing mostly pajamas.

In the video below, Marijuana Man suggests his stash is running low.

Posted June 26, 2016 by markosun in Drugs

Snoop Dogg in legal fight with Toronto Maple Leafs over marijuana product line   Leave a comment


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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ parent company is locked in a legal battle with rapper Snoop Dogg over his bid to trademark Leafs By Snoop, the musician’s new line of marijuana products.

Snoop, whose given name is Calvin Broadus Jr., filed a trademark application for Leafs By Snoop, with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office in November. His logo features the slogan in white lettering over top of a seven-leaf green plant, according to his trademark application, which was obtained by TSN.

Snoop said he planned to use the logo on products such as cigarette lighters.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment filed an opposition to Snoop’s logo on June 8, asking the Alexandria, Va.-based trademark office for more time to detail its opposition.

MLSE spokesman Dave Haggith declined to comment. Snoop’s lawyer Lawrence Apolzon did not return a call seeking comment.

According to The Cannabist Website, Snoop began selling his Leafs By Snoop line of marijuana flower and cannabis products in Colorado pot shops last November. The Leafs By Snoop products include eight strains of marijuana flower, including “Cali Kush,” “Northern Lights,” and “Blueberry Dream.”

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Christopher Sprigman, an intellectual properties professor at the New York University School of Law, said MLSE might make several arguments against Snoop’s trademark.

MLSE might argue that the Leafs By Snoop logo causes confusion in the market place, Sprigman said.

“The Maple Leafs might say that their brand has been tarnished by confusion over Snoop’s new logo,” Sprigman said. “That’s quaint but a tough argument. I don’t see a lot of overlap between Colorado pot smokers and Maple Leafs fans.”

Sprigman said MLSE might also argue that its logo meets the requirement for fame under U.S. trademark protections. But that, too, would be difficult, he said.

“The Maple Leafs would have to successfully argue that the general U.S. consuming public, elderly adults, young adults and children across the country, are familiar with and identify with the Leafs logo,” Sprigman said. “I don’t think that’s true. Maybe in hockey markets, but I really don’t see the Leafs being a familiar brand in Iowa or Arkansas or other non-hockey cities.”

Snoop has been an aggressive investor in the marijuana industry.

A year ago, he assembled a fund specifically to invest in marijuana-related companies, according to the website TechCrunch.

“Since I’ve been at the forefront of this movement for over 20 years now, I’m a master of marijuana,” Snoop told The Cannabist. “So naturally, my people can trust that I picked out the finest, freshest products in the game. Let’s medicate, elevate and put it in the air.”

 

Posted June 22, 2016 by markosun in Drugs, Sports

Allegations of Russian Athletes Doping Refuted by Russian Sports Federation   Leave a comment


Investigative news program 60 Minutes alleged on Sunday’s show that Russian athletes used powerful steroids during the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Games.  Two Russian defectors provided wiretap and documented evidence to 60 Minutes.  The evidence was quite convincing and seems credible.

Russia and other former East Bloc communist countries purportedly had a long history of using drugs to increase athletic performance.  Win at any cost, to show the superiority of the communist system, was the game plan. From the early 1970’s all the way to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, eastern European athletes dominated the world in track and field and other speed, strength and endurance sports. Many of the athletes had astounding physiques layered with muscle upon muscle, especially the female athletes and men weightlifters.

However, the 60 Minutes report did nothing to make the Russians come clean.  Federal Sports Federation Chief Vladimir Polkashev called the report Bakasakpadat (Russian for Bullshit) and nothing more than American anti-Russian propaganda. He was quoted as saying the report was all lies and outright rubbish.

Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying “the Americans are sore losers and should elect Donald Trump as president to get the country moving in the correct direction.”

All this fervor about communist athletes doping harks back to this historical footage taken of the East German Women’s track and field team back in the seventies. These are very well-built women!

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Posted May 10, 2016 by markosun in Drugs, Sports

Marijuana legislation coming to Canada next spring   Leave a comment


Toronto Star

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OTTAWA—On a day when thousands of people were preparing to gather in the sunshine on the lawn of Parliament Hill for the annual celebration of cannabis culture — and smoke a little, too, in plain view of the police — the Liberal government formally announced its plans to legalize and regulate marijuana.

“We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem,” Health Minister Jane Philpott said Wednesday in New York during an impassioned speech to the United Nations General Assembly at a special session on global drug policy.

The timing of the announcement on April 20 — or 420, as pot activists and connoisseurs call this calendar day — was a coincidence, more than one government source insisted, but still a fitting day to reveal plans to make good on a major campaign promise to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana.

The legislation to be introduced next spring and the regulations that follow it will be designed to keep marijuana away from both children and organized crime, said Philpott, whose speech drew upon her experience as a doctor in Africa as she spoke about the impacts of ineffective drug policies.

“While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety,” Philpott said.

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The Liberal government will be launching a task force within the next few weeks to closely examine and evaluate every aspect of their goal to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, as well as give the government advice on designing the new system.

“We will task them with a very specific set of questions around how it will be produced, where it will be accessed and sold and around questions of taxation,” Philpott told the CBC in an interview from New York.

The draft regulations, which will govern everything from standards for packaging and labeling to exactly how to prevent it from being sold to minors, will be open to comment from Canadians.

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A Canadian flag with a cannabis leaf flies on Parliament Hill during a 4/20 protest, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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The Canadian health minister unveiled the timeline to legalize marijuana at the United Nations, where she acknowledged the change would “challenge the status quo” in many places around the world. It actually goes further than that: legalizing marijuana will go against three global treaties on drugs Canada has signed onto over the years.

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The Liberals campaigned on a promise to legalize marijuana, so they have the mandate – and the majority government – to get it done. But that does not mean their political rivals will not be trying to score as many points as possible from Canadians who may not be as warm to these plans.

Charges and convictions

What about people being punished for something that is about to be legal? The C.D. Howe Institute published a policy paper arguing the Liberal government should think about pardoning people who have been convicted of marijuana possession, as well as drop any charges for same, in order to save money that could be redirected towards legalization efforts.

No breathalyzer for marijuana

The maximum legal blood-alcohol level for fully licensed drivers in Canada is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, which can be estimated during a road stop using a breath sample. There is no similar instrument for measuring impairment from pot, and what is more, the reaction people have to it can vary widely from person to person.

 

Colorado and Washington State have legalized cannabis

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Native Americans have embraced the idea of legalization. They contend they could grow and sell marijuana on reserves at discount prices.

 

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Uruguay has fully legalized cannabis laws

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Posted April 21, 2016 by markosun in Drugs, Politics