5. CHRONICLE AM: WORKPLACE DRUG TESTING FOR MARIJUANA BEGINS TO FADE, NYC SAFER INJECTION SITE RALLY, MORE... (5/3/18)
Pre-employment workplace drug testing for marijuana appears to be going out of style, a federal appeals court disappoints on scheduling cannabinoids, a Vermont saliva drug testing bill is killed, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2018/may/03/chronicle_am_workplace_drug
6. CHRONICLE AM: NYC MAYOR ENDORSES SIFS, CO CANNABIS TASTING ROOM BILL PASSES, MORE... (5/4/18)
Colorado could become the first state with a marijuana social consumption law, a new poll suggests New Yorkers are ready to free the weed, New York City's mayor gets behind safer injection facilities, a leading Colombian presidential contender trashes
the drug war, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2018/may/04/chronicle_am_nyc_mayor_endorses
7. CHRONICLE AM: MO MMJ INITS HAND IN BEAUCOUP SIGNATURES, OH RACIAL PROFILING DRUG DOGS, MORE... (5/7/18)
Two separate Missouri medical marijuana initiatives appear set to qualify for the November ballot, the Utah medical marijuana initiative is generating organized opposition -- including the DEA -- Canada's prime minister says it's full steam ahead for
marijuana legalization, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2018/may/07/chronicle_am_mo_mmj_inits_hand
8. CHRONICLE AM: NO HOME GROW FOR NH THIS YEAR, AUSTRALIA WELFARE DRUG TEST PLAN, MORE... (5/8/17)
A new report finds legal marijuana makes a marginal contribution to state budgets, a major Las Vegas casino quits pre-employment testing for marijuana, an Australian Senate panel advances a controversial plan to drug test welfare recipients, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2018/may/08/chronicle_am_no_home_grow_nh
Just a day after close to a hundred community activists, reform advocates, and local elected officials took to the streets outside New York City's City Hall Wednesday to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) move on a long-delayed feasibility study on
safe injection sites, the mayor has moved -- and further than they expected.
On Thursday evening, the mayor's office announced de Blasio's support (https://twitter.com/NYCMayor/status/992158726802018304) for a plan to open four of the sites, which the office refers to as Overdose Prevention Centers, a year from now, after a
period of consultation with stakeholders.
"After a rigorous review of similar efforts across the world, and after careful consideration of public health and safety expert views, we believe overdose prevention centers will save lives and get more New Yorkers into the treatment they need to beat
this deadly addiction," de Blasio said in a statement.
Safe injection sites (SISs) -- or safe injection facilities or supervised injection facilities or supervised consumption sites or overdose prevention centers -- allow drug users to inject (or sometimes inhale) their own drugs under medical supervision.
They typically also have a social services component that aims to assist drug users in finding drug treatment and other services.
Operating in around 90 cities in Europe, Australia, and Canada, they are a proven harm reduction intervention (http://sifnyc.org/index.php/library/). Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown they reduce public disorder; increase access to
treatment, reduce the risk of HIV, Hep C, and bacterial infections; reduce drug overdose deaths; and reduce medical costs thanks to a reduction in disease and overdose, while at the same time increasing access to cost-saving preventive healthcare. What
SISs don't do, the studies have found, is increase crime, injection drug use, or the initiation of new drug users.
In New York City, where the SIF NYC Campaign (http://sifnyc.org/index.php/library/), a coalition of dozens of community, drug reform, public health, medical, and religious groups has been pressuring the administration to act for months, the mayor's
announcement was greeted with relief.
"Mayor de Blasio's embrace of safer consumption spaces is a critical step forward in preventing overdose deaths in New York City. We know that safer consumption spaces are an evidence-based solution that can help dramatically in saving lives, reducing
criminalization, and improving public health," said Kassandra Frederique, New York state director at the Drug Policy Alliance. "New York can and must be a leader now in saving lives by opening safer consumption spaces swiftly."
That will take some political acumen in dealing with city district attorneys and the state Health Department, which answers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with whom de Blasio's relations are strained at best. It will also take some political fortitude in taking
on the Sessions Justice Department and the DEA.
De Blasio's announcement marks the successful culmination of the campaign to bring the city on board with safe injection sites as a harm reduction and overdose prevention measure, but it's just the beginning of the fight to actually get them up and
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"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of cacao that the thoughts acquire speed,
the thighs acquire girth, the girth become a warning.
It is by theobromine alone I set my mind in motion."
--from Someone else's Dune spoof ripped to my taste.