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2011-09-06 20:58:13

The scientific and political worlds were transfixed in late 2009 when UK drugs advisor Dr. David Nutt was sacked by Home Secretary Alan Johnson for his controversial views on the harmfulness of different drugs and the lack of evidence behind current drug policy, views first publicized in a Lancet report in 2007. Scientists at the time were unanimous that scholarly research such as Nutt's should not be subject to political attack, but a new article in the scholarly journal Addiction points out...

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2010-01-27 06:30:00

According to an international group of drug policy experts, laws against cannabis have failed to stop the use of the substance around the globe and have led to policies that are intrusive, socially disruptive and expensive. The experts wrote in a report that although the drug harmed some users, it had only a modest effect on society, where cocaine and alcohol were potentially more dangerous. "It is time for governments around the world to readdress cannabis policy," Peter Reuter, a...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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