Esoteric Australian political humour: Stoner Sloth vs Tony Abbot

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Here's the joke: Stoner Sloth is a disastrous, tin-eared anti-marijuana ad campaign from the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet. Read the rest

Experts baffled to learn that 2 years olds are being prescribed psychiatric drugs

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In 2014, US doctors wrote ~20,000 prescriptions for risperidone, quetiapine and other antipsychotics for children under the age of two; a cohort on whom these drugs have never been tested and for whom there is no on-label usage. Read the rest

Robert Silverberg's government-funded guide to the psychoactive drugs of sf

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In 1974, the US National Institute on Drug Abuse commissioned sf giant Robert Silverberg to research and write Drug Themes in Science Fiction," a survey of 75 sf stories and novels that included fictional psychoactive drugs. Read the rest

When the INS tried to deport John Lennon, the FBI pitched in to help

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Michael from Muckrock writes, "While patiently noting that their anonymous tipsters thought Lennon was not a 'true revolutionist' because he used drugs, the FBI worked with INS over several years to bolster a case to deport the Beatles' musical genius." Read the rest

Man finds 3 ounces of weed hidden inside drink can purchased at Walmart

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Keanu Netzler of Salt Lake City, Utah said his girlfriend bought him a can of Arizona Iced Tea from the local Wal-Mart. At home, he tried to open the can, but had difficulty. He cut the can open and found a cement sleeve inside stuffed with three ounces of weed.

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Wikipedia Russia suspends editor who tried to cut deal with Russian authorities

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A Wikipedia editors has been suspended after he organized a meeting with the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (as well as Rospotrebnadzor, a consumer rights watchdog, and Roskomnadzor, a media watchdog) to set terms under which "the expert opinion of authorized government bodies" would be inserted into Wikipedia entires on “socially sensitive” topics. Read the rest

Never before published photos from Psychedelic Conference II in Santa Barbara, 1983

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13 hospitalized in San Diego after overdose of synthetic drug Spice

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Thirteen people were hospitalized on Sunday after they were found vomiting, convulsing, and behaving oddly in downtown San Diego, California. According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, they had all overdosed on Spice, a dried plant mixture laced with synthetic cannabinoids that are structurally similar to the THC, the natural cannabinoid in marijuana.

Unlike THC, which is has very low toxicity, synthetic cannabinoids can affect different brain receptors and can cause blood pressure spikes, vomiting, seizures, and other serious conditions.

Synthetic cannabinoids have been illegal since 2013, but some people favor them over weed because they can use them and pass a urine test and keep their job or not violate probation. [via] Read the rest

Microdoses of LSD and mushrooms as an alternative to Adderall (or coffee!)

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Self-experimenters, inspired by a 2011 presentation by The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide author James Fadiman, are taking tiny "sub-perceptual" doses of LSD and psilocybin to encourage workplace creativity and give them pep and a positive outcome in life overall. Read the rest

Man jailed for a month when cops said his artisanal soap was cocaine is now suing the crap out of them

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A New York man who spent a month in jail after Pennsylvania state police mistook homemade soap he was traveling with for cocaine has filed a lawsuit.

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The unusual couple behind an online field guide to psychoactive substances

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In the New Yorker's annual tech issue, Emily Witt profiles the founders of Erowid, "a couple in their mid-forties -- a man and a woman who call themselves Earth and Fire, respectively."

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This trippy 1971 government-endorsed Alice in Wonderland anti-drug film makes drugs look fun

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"Oh! Oh wow! Everythings's different. Even me!"

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Snoop Dogg now slangin dope

Rapper and proud pothead Snoop Dogg is launching a line of cannabis products, called Leafs By Snoop.

"It's a true blessing that I can share the products I love so much with y'all today," Mr. Dogg said. "From the flower, to the concentrates, and edibles - it's all hand-picked by yours truly so you know it's the hottest product out there. It's the real deal and you gotta get out to Colorado to try it first!"

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Mexican cops find loads of cocaine in bags of “cancer patient” boarding emergency air ambulance

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Police in Mexico say they found 84 pounds (38 one-kilogram packets) of cocaine inside the luggage of a guy who claimed to be a cancer patient, as he boarded a Learjet “air ambulance’ from Tijuana to New York City.

The “cancer patient” arrived at the Tijuana airport in an ambulance, and was accompanied by two female paramedics.

Drug-sniffing dogs found 38 packages of cocaine inside the man's three suitcases.

The supposed cancer patient, the supposed paramedics, and four others aboard the jet were all detained pending investigation.

More: Associated Press, Frontera, Diario, Informador, Proceso. Read the rest

Irish government to decriminalise personal quantities of many drugs

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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin the Irish Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality, announced that his government is opening safe injection sites, will introduce a new Misuse of Drugs Bill bill in early 2016 that will decrminalise possession of "small amounts" of drugs including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, and "as far as possible drug addiction should be removed from the criminal justice system." Read the rest

@trippingbot: Character Level Recurrent Neural Network twitterbot tweets on "hallucinogens"

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Shardcore's latest twitterbot (previously) is @trippingbot, which trains a Character Level Recurrent Neural Network with drug reports from Erowid, where people post running logs of their drug experiences. Read the rest

In Mexico, police find 4 severed heads in coolers with “Happy Day of the Dead” note

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In the Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities announced today they have found the severed heads of four men. The heads were left in Styrofoam coolers, along with gang messages that appear to have been written by members of one drug cartel, directed at a rival cartel.

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