How Legalizing Marijuana Is Securing the Border: The Border Wall, Drug Smuggling, and Lessons for Immigration Policy

Introduction Cross-border drug smuggling is a primary justification for President Trump’s calls to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and build a massive border wall. However, the evidence indicates that legalization of marijuana has more effectively controlled the illegal trafficking of marijuana than interdiction and enforcement alone.

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Does the Law Require the Drug Czar To Lie About Legalization?

Sen. Michael Bennet (D–Colo.) says the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has assured him that an upcoming report on marijuana legalization “will be completely objective and dispassionate.” That claim is hard to take seriously, since it contradicts the ONDCP’s statutory mandate to oppose marijuana legalization by any means necessary.

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Suicidal Vet Calls MDMA Treatment ‘a Miracle’

Suicidal Vet Calls MDMA Treatment ‘a Miracle’
He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after the Iraq War. Thanks to MDMA, Jonathan Lubecky finally feels like he’s recovering.

THOR BENSON
08.16.18 5:12 AM ET
Jonathan Lubecky is a 41-year-old veteran who, until a few years ago, suffered from a severe form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lubecky attempted suicide five times after he was discharged from the Army in 2009.

“My unit there knew there was something off with me while I was deployed, but it didn’t really become noticeable to me until after I got home. That’s when I started having a lot of problems,” Lubecky told The Daily Beast. “My first suicide attempt was on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning in 2006—right after I got back.”

Lubecky felt hopeless, so the drug he credits for saving his life might come as a surprise: MDMA, the purest form of the club drug often referred to as ecstasy, or molly.
— Read on www.thedailybeast.com/suicidal-vet-calls-mdma-treatment-a-miracle

A Chicago Tribune Columnist Thinks Helping Opioid Users Is ‘Accommodating’ Them

As the bodies of opioid users pile up in morgues across America, one newspaper columnist wonders if we should stop “accommodating” these “cunning” addicts: Many years ago, I was in the home of a relative whose husband was a heroin addict, and hanging on a wall in the hallway was a poster that read: “Signs of a drug overdose.” It went on to list symptoms such as passing out, disorientation, shallow breathing, vomiting and muscle spasms.

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Despite Legalization, Adolescent Marijuana Use Hits 15-Year Low

Survey data released today indicate that teenagers were less likely to smoke pot last year than at any point since 2002, despite the message supposedly sent by the relaxation of marijuana laws during that period. In the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 6.5 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds reported using marijuana during the previous month, down from 8.2 percent in 2002.

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