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It will soon be legal to grow, sell and smoke cannabis in Uruguay. Cuau Guerra

What Uruguay’s legal weed means for the war on drugs

Uruguay is set to become the first country to legalise marijuana use, cultivation and possession following a century of often authoritarian prohibition laws across the globe. In a landmark vote on President…
Australia has strong cultural barriers to looking at the legal status of cannabis and alcohol in the same frame. Elvert Barnes

Could a regulated cannabis market help curb Australia’s drinking problem?

Alcohol is a serious problem in Australia, both on the weekend streets and more widely behind the closed doors. It’s time we started a conversation about what can be done to help, and we should consider…
High demand for cannabis has led some people down the ‘synthetic drugs’ route - but are these drugs actually trusted by the users? Schorle

Synthetic cannabis: even regular drug users don’t trust it

For decades, cannabis has remained the most popular illicit drug among Australians. The strong demand among cannabis and other drug users for methods to evade detection and legal trouble has made online…
Despite the billions of dollars spent on the ‘war on drugs’, a 2012 survey reported that most respondents find cannabis easy to obtain. Periódico El Ciudadano

Get smarter about illicit drugs to help balance the budget

A sudden reduction in corporate profits has blown a $12 billion hole in the federal budget. This development should spark a debate within and outside government about how we deal with illicit drugs in…
Alcohol is responsible for more drug treatments than any other substance. AAP/Melanie Foster

Alcohol is half the problem for substance abusers

Alcohol continues to account for nearly half of government-funded substance abuse treatment in Australia. A report from the…
The products marketed as “legal weed” might cause more harm than the real thing. prensa

Legal highs: what should we do about synthetic cannabis?

Synthetic cannabis is a lab-made product that mimics the effects of cannabis to give users a high when smoked. It has been sold in Australia since 2011 under various brand names, with a range of chemical…
Calls for the legalisation of cannabis use often centre on medical purposes, but three studies have linked marijuana use with a cancer most commonly seen in young men. AAP

Marijuana use may increase testicular cancer risk: study

Marijuana use may lead to an increased risk of developing testicular cancer according to a new US study, the third study…
Despite calls for it to be legalised, a new study has found taking up cannabis in adolescence when the brain is undergoing critical development can cause long-term harm. AAP

Cannabis harms young brains, study finds

More effort should be directed towards preventing the uptake of cannabis by young people argue US researchers, after a study…
Consumption of cocaine globally rose by 27% between 1998 and 2008. AAP

Time for Australia to abandon ‘failed war on drugs’

Australia must abandon its failed war on drugs and reopen the debate over legalising and regulating their use, according…

Marijuana impairs memory

Independent of its effect on neurons, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient (THC) impairs memory by affecting passive support…

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